I bought more books. Five more. It’s a problem.
And I still haven’t finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It’s not that I am not enjoying it but lately I haven’t been in the mood to sit down and read it. It’s so weird, less than six months ago I was reading so much, as I have been for years but recently I haven’t really had the desire. Which is terrifying. I love books. I love reading. WHY AM I HAVING THIS MENTAL ROADBLOCK?!!!
I hope its just an unpleasant phase. Perhaps there is something else I have to do and once I do it, or at the very least start it, this weirdness will pass and I will be one with reading again. One can only hope.
So my new books were acquired at a garage sale sort of thing. The woman selling them was a distributor and the merchandise was overstock or something like that. I didn’t really catch the whole thing. Any which way my new books are as follows:
The first two are cookbooks, I love cookbooks especially for desserts.
Chocolate: 100 Essential Recipes & Les Petits Macarons by Kathryn Gordon and Anne E. McBride
My BFFL Lindsey Jo and I have been wanting to try making macarons since we spent a week at my cottage passing books set in Paris back and forth including but not limited to Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand. (Those two were the most memorable. I also had her read Enchanted by Alethea Kontis but that wasn’t about Paris or chocolate. I mention it because it’s a lovely book and the different fairy tales are woven together beautifully.)
Next is a book about “the perils and pleasures of the natural world”.
I had seen this book a few times and had just mentioned it to my aunt earlier that day so I took it as a sign. The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart explores the plants that have transformed into our most beloved alcoholic drinks for centuries.
I know all my post so far have been about books but I do have other interests, such as music and food and, of course, clothes. (Also culture, history, current events, film, etc. but lets focus on the clothes aspect for now.)
Customize Your Clothes by Rain Blanken breaks down embellishments, screen printing, clothes dyeing and bleaching among a plethora of other fun ideas you may have seen and wanted to try but couldn’t figure out how to actually do it. My sister and I have been planning on dyeing some of our clothes but we’re not good on the follow through with one another, and by that I mean she keeps blowing me off. (Yeah, it’s all her fault. That’s what sisters, all siblings really, are there for, taking all the blame.)
LASTLY we have the cutest book ever.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman is a fabulous ode to her childhood and young adulthoodin a time of such incredible fashion. Though there aren’t many words throughout, each has a sketch of the outfit she or a family member or friend wore at a particular significant moment and it does a better job of conveying what was going on in their lives than a number of novels I’ve read ever could throughout hundreds of pages.
The Oath is pretty broken at this point so I’ve revised it a bit. Every time I buy a new book I have to get rid of an old one. Since I have eight new additions I must send eight away. We’ll see how this goes.
A Little Bit Later: I have decided to get rid of In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, Duncan’s Bride by Linda Howard, The Book of Scandal by Julia London, The Swan Maiden by Susan King, Lady In Red by Karen Hawkins, The Highlander by Heather Grothaus, and four cookbooks I haven’t used much.