25 Bookish Things About Me

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My most recent acquisitions. All about the art.

Thanks to LKD over at Gin & Lemonade – With a Twist for inadvertently giving me a really fun writing exercise for this lovely Saturday morning. You can read her elegant and funny list by clicking HERE.

  1. I don’t finish books that I’m not enjoying.
  2. This sometimes creates an embarrassing gap in my book list.
  3. I’ve kept a list of the books I read for probably three decades.
  4. I don’t usually give in to jealousy, but the green goblin squeezed my heart when I read about Pamela Paul’s My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Life Ensues.
  5. I will eventually have to read said book.
  6. I read most of my books on my Kindle Fire
  7. I read most of my fiction in bed, and I sleep better since the Kindle Fire, as it turns itself off and I don’t end up with the lights on all night.
  8. Most of what I read is borrowed from the library.
  9. I assuage my guilt about this by buying hard copies of books I like as gifts, mostly for my mother.
  10. I make a conscious effort to buy books because I know that the library won’t have new books if we don’t support publishing. Plus I love authors.
  11. The subject matter of most of the physical books I’ve bought recently is art inspiration/instruction, travel, history, and writing.
  12. Literary historical fiction is my favorite.
  13. I love the way that I find parts of myself even in books that seem to be about people very different from me, like Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
  14. Years ago, I decided to read books by both men and women, but to mostly buy books by women. I don’t mind if you judge me for this.
  15. I usually have 2-3 books in progress. Or four.
  16. I love when a book sweeps me off my feet like a lover who knows how to dance. These books never last quite long enough.
  17. I spent a lot of the summer between eighth and ninth grade reading The Count of Monte Cristo while sitting in the arms of a huge tree, congratulating myself on the fact that I really enjoyed it.
  18. I still like reading outside, but I seldom do so.
  19. I don’t have reading snacks like Lorna does, but if I did it would be coffee and chocolate. Or tea and homemade shortbread. Or iced tea and orange slices.
  20. I wrote a book and an agent shopped it around, and I’m deeply ashamed at how much the rejection rocked my faith.
  21. I have written more than 50,000 words on three additional books, but have not finished them. This still brings tears to my eyes.
  22. I have filled more than 50 notebooks since I started journaling when I was 13 (same age as Anne Frank). I know that they are nobody’s treasures but my own. I still write.
  23. The first authors I followed were Marguerite Henry and Ray Bradbury.
  24. I get a big thrill out of adding a new book to Goodreads.
  25. My Mom taught me that with a some effort what you read in books can lead to what happens in real life.

Okay, now tell me something bookish about you. Or make your own bookish list and post it on your blog or in the comments here.

I’m also so very open to book recommendations.  Pretty please?

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5 thoughts on “25 Bookish Things About Me

  1. Fun post! I love that you buy books for your mother. A favorite bookish memory: rushing to work one morning in 1979 and seeing a copy of Margaret Atwood’s (then) new novel, Life Before Man, in the Barnes and Nobel window on 57th Street. Went back on my lunch hour, bought it, went to the post office on 8th Avenue and mailed it to my mother. Went home that evening and found a package waiting for me: a copy of Life Before Man, sent to me by my mother. 🙂

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  2. Oh, that’s wonderful, Treacy! Ilove that story! Its so good to be connected, especially through books. My mom and I have the best conversations about the books we share.

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  3. Hi Sally, I read this with great interest.

    Have u read “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner? I am reading that now for my 2nd or 3rd time. I highly recommend it. (One of the main characters is named Sally-ha!)

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  4. Much less intense and long than Angle of Repose, but full of heart, wisdom, hard times, and joy. ‘Nuff said. 😉

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