Waaaay back in January, when I was in the resolution–er, goal–setting mood, I promised–no, VOWED–not to buy any more books until I had read all the un-read books on my bookshelf. I stuck to my goal pretty well, reading 11 books from the bookshelf by March. And then we all know what happened in March–Sam was offered his new job in San Francisco and my mind boggled at the thought of moving and I pretty much stopped reading anything at all.
So here we be… in a new city, in a new apartment, and I have six boxes of books sitting in my hallway closet without a bookshelf in sight (there used to be 7 boxes, but I consolidated). And I am sad to say that the URGE has reappeared. The URGE to buy NEW books that are oh-so-appealing and that I would love oh-so-much and devour oh-so-quickly if only I could get my hands on them.
But the boxes, Katie, the boxes! Think of the boxes!
That’s what the angel on my shoulder says anxiously (the voice sounds eerily like my mother).
But the little devil on my shoulder whispers too… if you buy them on the Kindle, it doesn’t count. Yes, it’s money, but it’s internet money. And then you can read them without having to put anything in a box or on a shelf at all.
I haven’t bought any books (yet) but after a recent visit to the City Lights bookstore, I made a little list of the most enticing titles I found. Let me just share what is tempting me so…
(1) My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, written by a lot of cool people (40, to be exact)
Ooh, this one is sooo tempting… the original chilling, slightly gruesome fairy tales re-written, or entirely new fairy tales, I love it all. Oh, I could devour this in a heartbeat.
(2) The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
Very intriguing… short stories interweaved (one of my favorite structures) around the employees of an American newspaper in Rome in the 1950s, and I’ve heard great reviews. Very tempting indeed.
(3) A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter, by William Deresiewicz
And it’s by a man! I love reading about how reading affects people’s lives… not how it inspires them, but their daily lives. One of my favorite books is So Many Books, So Little Time, by Sara Nelson, and the premise is simply to chronicle the books one woman reads through the year and how they relate to whatever is happening in her life at the time. I’m a sucker for books about books. And for Jane Austen, natch. So, another tempting book on the list…
(4) Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner
This one I didn’t see in any book store, but it’s a recommendation from my bff Heather, because once upon a time we wanted to start a book club so we could get together for dinner and talk all about our favorite parts and the characters and the ending. We only read one book, but we are revitalizing the club and now we’re fancy enough to drink wine while we discuss… even if the discussion takes place on the phone now. And this book is from the author of Good in Bed fame, and we have both read a few of her books, so I’m very excited to read this one when the book club is reinstated!
There’s the whole tantalizing list. Only four! I think that shows great restraint. Too bad there’s no birthday or anniversary or national book-giving holiday coming up any time soon. But that devil on my shoulder is looking meaningfully at the Kindle and we shall see if I end up buying one… or two… or maybe all of them.
I’ll confess to my blog if I do, of course.