- I live in Germany, where it’s a little harder to get the English-language books I want. The local library’s English section is limited.
- Mr. Jaunty and I move a lot. I’m gettin’ mighty tired of packing books, unpacking books, reserving more and more space in our home for books, and so on. Yes, some books are well worth treasuring. Most are not.
- It’s harder to get RID of books here; the last time I tried to donate books to a secondhand store, a store employee personally examined them all… and rejected half!
- Mr. Jaunty and I flew six times in July. It was easier to pack one Kindle than to lighten my load by ditching paperbacks as I finished them.
- I… like… buying cases for electronics. What kind of sucker would buy a Kindle for the sake of buying a Kindle case? This kind, right over here.
In August, I read the following:
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having it All – Meg Wolfe
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Plastic Free: How I kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too – Beth Terry
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify – Francine Jay
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Mason Currey
A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin
Whereas in September, I only had time to read:
A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin
City Chic – Nina Willdorf
Of the above, only The Handmaid’s Tale and City Chic were real, paper-and-ink books. After years of saying “oh, but I worship books, I’d die without handling an honest-to-goodness book, turning pages feeds my soul, down with e-readers boo hiss boo” it’s humbling to realize how little I miss physical books. I’ll always love them, of course, and want hard copies of any truly glorious books that warrant repeated reading, but most of the time an ebook is perfectly satisfying.
Read anything good lately?