My Library

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Better late than never to resume a lost project.

 

How accurate is this library imagined by illustrator Tom Gauld?

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My bookshelves continually hold books in each of these categories.

I usually have less read books than anything else as I have to make room for new additions.

Looking at my book shelf now:

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Read: Hmmm… I can’t see any

Intending to read: Pretty much each book on the shelf

Half Read: The Other Life – Susanne Winacker
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
One Day – David Nicholls

Pretend I’ve Read: I may or may not count a few books in my collection as read but truthfully these are books I got more than halfway through and just gave up on. They get removed from the shelf along with the truthfully read books.

Saving for When I Have More Time: Far From the Tree – Andrew Solomon
Sapiens – A Brief History of Human Kind – Yuval Noah Harari

Will Never Read: Hard to admit but if I had to say….
Gone Girl  – Gillian Flynn (Already saw the movie)

Purely For Show: This one is too funny….
The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
The three in the bottom right corner by  Alice Morton

Read But Can’t Remember a Single Thing About and Wish I Hadn’t Read probably deserve their own blog post. But since there aren’t any read books on the shelf right now that will have to wait for another time.

 

This was a fun reflection. I know that when the day comes when I can display my book collection in its entirety I will have multiple books in each of these categories. If one thing is true through, I know that there will always be more books in the Intending to Read category, compared to the amount of books I can add to the Read category.

 

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Dublin, Ireland

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Last week I was lucky to spend 72 hours in Dublin, Ireland.
This was my first time travelling here, but I knew what I wanted to find.
After some light research I found the sights that I wanted to see.

These were the:

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My first stop was Dublin Castle, which is home for the Chester Beatty Library.
The library was established in 1950 to hold the collections of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.
This library contains many historical artifacts, from manuscripts, prints, rare books and more.

 

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The article from this library that stuck with me the most I found in the temporary exhibit, “Chester Beatty’s A-Z from Amulet to Zodiac”. Under P, for Papyrus.

Follow this link to see the artifact I was looking at: http://www.cbl.ie/cbl_image_gallery/exhibition/detail.aspx?imageId=1497&ImageNumber=T0005909&exhibitionId=19&page=1

This article stuck with me because I could physically see the age of this papyrus. All I could think about was that there was someone who was actually responsible for writing this. Someone took this sheet of papyrus, and wrote out each character, somewhere in time and history.

 

My next stop was Trinity College University campus, to see the library there.

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After the exhibits at the Chester Beatty Library, I was excited to see the books and book shelves in the long room of Trinity College Library.

This library holds 200,000 books, most of which required a second level expansion of the library for accommodation.

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The library was so quiet, and felt just like a library should. It smelt like a library, and you could feel the history and how old the building and the books were. Before entering the long room there is a small area where two workers were cleaning and preserving books. It must be a tedious job.

In this library I tried to picture people actually coming in to use the library, people using the ladders to reach the top shelves, taking a book down and reading it. I was imagining the number of hands each book must have touched, and the amount of knowledge people acquired from these books.
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Is it Weird?

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I’ve recently read the following books:
My Story – Elizabeth Smart mys

A Stolen Life – Jaycee Duggardasl

 

My question is: is it weird to enjoy reading these books?

Other books that I’ve read, like Still Missing – Chevy Stevens, Room – Emma Donoghue, are similar but in a fiction medium.

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Fiction or not, these books read like thrillers, they are mysterious, they are gruesome, horrific, and thankfully have happy endings.

Maybe the happy ending makes these books easier to read; the endings are the light at the end of the tunnel.

I guess there is no need to justify reading a book, other than that I enjoy reading them. But what makes me ask is it weird is that I sometimes feel guilty, or that there is something wrong in enjoying reading a book about these horrible acts.

These books serve an amazing purpose though. They educate, they allow you to empathise, they allow you to be thankful and appreciative, and they give you that motivation to want to help others in these situations. I am now more informed, empathetic, thankful, and I do want to help those in these situations.

I am happy that these stories all have happy endings. As much as I enjoy reading about their stories, I hope that there aren’t more stories to come.

Book-y Buys

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Isn’t it always the case that you can spend hours seeking the perfect gift for someone else, but easliy stumble upon the perfect gift your self in a matter of minutes in your favourite store?

Well I admit that this happens all to regularly to me. I am the best at buying gifts for myself.

And so the most recent buys found at indigo:

A super cute book bag, and a super cute library shelf mug!

Paired together, wouldn’t this make such a cute gift for a book lover?
Easily enough, I was the perfect book lover to buy these for. (No gift reciept needed!)

Book Signing

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This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favourite authors, Sophie Kinsella, at her book signing in London.

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I brought my copy of “Wedding Night” for her to sign. This is my favourite book by Kinsella as it is one of the funniest books I have ever read.

 

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If you havent read Kinsella, you may recognize her name as the author of the “Shopaholic” Series. She has also written stand alone novels such as , “Remember Me?” , “I’ve Got Your Number,” and “The Undomesticated Goddess”. All of her novels are laugh out loud guaranteed.

Despite my shameless enjoyment of Kinsella’s novels, other readers have found that they are self-conscious or even embarrassed to be reading her books. Apparently, Kinsella is an author readers try not to share their enjoyment of openly. Yes, Kinsella is not the most technical writer, her books do follow a similar pace and outcome, yes her characters tend to be similar in personalities and likeness. Critics will alway have something negative to say about all authors, but I don’t think readers should hide what they are reading from others in order to avoid judgement. I think readers should read what they want to, what makes them happy, what makes them laugh (like Kinsella’s books), and not worry about what other people think about what they are reading.

That’s what I do at least. Kinsella is not a “guilty pleasure” of reading, she is not an author to be ashamed of reading. I read her books because I enjoy reading them. I read them because they make me laugh, and I am not embarrassed to suggest them to others.

Check out this article that dives more into the debate about reading books written by Sophie Kinsella.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/confessions-of-a-shopaholic-aholic-why-its-okay-to-love-sophie-kinsellas-anti-heroine/article21289034/

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Maggie Wrobel referring to Sophie Kinsella’s books.

 

Buying Books

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I’ve recently purchsed some great new books that I can’t wait to read.

Here are the books I’ve just added to my TBR pile:

Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult

The Opposite of Loneliness -Marina Keegan

The Ragged Edge of the World – Eugene Linden

The Invention of Murder – Judith Flanders