(Note: Back in March, I wrote Round 1 of “Books I Should’ve Read By Now” – feel free to check those books out here ➡️ Link to Round One.)
I’m about the lay down some truth, y’all.
Here’s the thing – in my house, it’s a love-hate relationship with buying books and then letting them sit to gather dust. It’s sort of that overlying guilt, “children starving in a foreign country” effect – which, mind you, I don’t mean offensively. I criticize myself because there are people out there who would probably love to be able to own/buy/borrow/read books that I haven’t touched since I bought them.
I’m so spoiled. I can afford to splurge because it’s just me and the mutt. Necessities include: toilet paper, puppy kibble, and a few boxes of cereal. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve whispered to myself reassuringly in a bookstore: “You could have an addiction that involves cooking meth but here you are. Being a literacy junkie instead. Go you.”
My point in all this is – while it bothers me that I’m ridiculously frivolous, I LOVE to be surrounded by books. It’s my only “material thing.” I don’t buy shoes or clothes or makeup. I buy books. Books are my comfort pillow. They make me feel (ironically) safe and happy. I could spend hours sorting and rearranging. There is just something about having them in every room that soothes my soul. (I’m a Taurus, if that means anything to anyone.)
And damn it, I’m a single, white female. I can buy all the books I want. I can build a COUCH out of them if I please and I shouldn’t feel down on myself for choosing newer books over the ones I’ve had for awhile. It’s a process. Gotta go with the flow. I’ve learned if I force myself to read something, I don’t actually absorb it. Versus if I stumble on it after a few weeks and think: “Oh, this one!” = that experience I’ll enjoy.
Here’s a few I should’ve definitely read by now though:
Any thoughts on these beauties? Tell me if you’ve read them. If they’re on your shelves. If you loved them/hated them.
Thanks for letting me rant on this Wednesday!
B + H