16 June 2011

it followed me home, ma, can I keep it?

A book jumped into my tote bag in Borders the other day. There's no other way to explain how I almost walked out of the store without paying for it.

Yes, I'd grabbed it from its table, yes, I'd perused it and written it down as a "must read" in my Moleskine, yes, it's purple, and yes, anything that elaborates on "a year of magical reading" has to be a good thing. 

I found it in my tote bag after I went back to the cafe to find it; I'm a good cafe citizen, and always put my books away. Clearly, this book needed a home...mine. It certainly won't be lonely there.

An interview on the author's blog, Nina Sankovich's  Read All Day, includes this advice:

There is no need to read from The Western Canon. Find what you like to read, sit down and indulge yourself, and the rewards will come.


Today, by the way, is Bloomsday. Have you read Ulysses? I haven't. In fact, I don't even want to. Once upon a time, I thought I had to read certain books in order to be truly literate. I'm no longer under that delusion. 

So what am I reading now? All of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I'm absolutely glutting on them, and enjoying every moment. (One kept me company at a medical appointment the other day, and I appreciated being in Charlaine Harris's hot Louisiana instead of that waiting room. It was so cold in that waiting room ... by the end of three hours, I was wrapped in 4 blankets and still shivering, but I also was in Louisiana. That is the magic of reading!


Anonymous said...

Hee. A friend and I are actually contemplating tackling Ulysses in 2012. We'll see!!

Today is also (says the geek) the day 45 years ago that poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes were married.

Penny said...

tee hee! i now read openly the popular reads i once used to sneak... i own ulysses and i keep thinking i should read it, i've said that about tolstoy for years too... though i have read les miserables unabridged 3 times and still hope to complete the french version one day. for now? i'll keep checking my email to see if my hold request for girl with the dragon tatto book 2 is in.

Bridget said...

First of all, Melanie, it seems that Borders has enough problems without you stealing books!

I haven't read Ulysses. The Tim re-reads it several times a year. Oy.

But we ALWAYS celebrate Bloomsday.


Donna Lee said...

I own a copy of Ulysses, too. It's unread and will probably stay that way. Like you, I am at the point where I read what I want, not what I think I should. I am a huge fan of Sookie. The audio books are wonderful because the woman who reads them sounds cajun.

And I also like Charlaine Harris' Harper and Toliver novels. Really good. Not terribly intellectually challenging but I think that can be overrated.

Carrie K said...

It's wrong to steal books. :)

Ulysses isn't even on my radar to read yet - I have to read Don Quixote first. I do agree with you & Nina - read what interests you!