Good morning, Saloners! It's a beautiful morning here, with the sun nowhere in sight. I'm currently perched on my deck, writing this post, and thinking that rain would be a good idea today. We've been getting a lot of it lately, and the last 2-3 days have been sunny and almost perfect for heading out and doing some outdoors thing, if only it didn't feel as if the sun was right on your shoulders. It is kind of scary how wet and not warm enough the last two summers have been. During the year I moved to Lynchburg, it was very insanely hot and humid here. It felt even worse than it actually was because I had spent the previous two summers in Blacksburg, which is up in the mountains and had a mostly cool and wet climate through the summer. As you probably know, cool and wet is the way I like my days to be. (There's a reason my blog has 'Rainy' in its title.) But I can't deny that it feels as if we had some unseasonable weather this whole season.
I've been enjoying my long weekends quite a lot. I only have two more of these and then it's back to the regular two-day weekend. On the plus side, all the holidays in this country are on this side of the year.
Yesterday, the husband and I went to a used bookstore that I have passed by for six years but never stepped in. Earlier, I didn't really think it was a bookstore because it's one of those places you won't see unless you look for it. Plus, they primarily advertised textbooks on the front. But over the last couple of months, I kept meaning to go there but it's not until yesterday after brunch that we stopped there.
Bookshop on the Avenue is really a three-story house packed with books in every room, on every wall, and on the aisles between. This is what I would love my house to be like if we didn't need bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or living rooms. While browsing through this store, I was strongly reminded of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Of course, this is a used bookstore and the only new releases in the store are used ones. I spent a long time browsing through their fiction titles and even then did not look at all their shelves. They were all priced between $2 and $6, which made me pick up more books than I wanted. They had one room entirely devoted to science fiction titles with another couple of shelves outside, an entire room (upstairs) dedicated to nonfiction, which I did not check out. A few people had mentioned that they have found first editions and only editions of books that have been long out-of-print.
- The Martian Way and other stories
- The Stars, Like Dust
- Buy Jupiter
- White Teeth
- Please Look After Mom
- The Tooth Fairy
- Oryx and Crake
- Sophie's Choice
As for reading, I seem to have too many books in progress currently. I'm
Listening to: Hatching Twitter
Reading on print: How to be Alone, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Blindness
Reading on Scribd: Moranthology
I got into a situation where nothing in my TBR was holding my interest so I began picking quite a few books to read and managed to get all in progress. I have a system, however ridiculous, for being able to read all five books each day (one in car, one in the living room, one just before sleep, one in my office, one anywhere else). Of all these books, I'm enjoying Jonathan Franzen's How to be Alone most. I've lately been in a mood for reading essays, which is why I'm reading Caitlin Moran's Moranthology also at the same time. I just hope that I won't confuse the books eventually. Nick Bilton's Hatching Twitter is sort of interesting, but if this were a fiction title, I would have said that it plays into all the nerd stereotypes out there. I have no idea how any of these people became CEOs of the company that has one of the most heavily used products out there. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is turning out to be of a more 19th century style than I had hoped. I can see that it is going to be a relatively quick read, but I just need to get past the introductory chapters. As for Blindness, I had forgotten how unique (and hard to read) José Saramago's writing style was. I may or may not have yawned too much in the first chapter, but the second chapter started picking up and made things more interesting.