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?

My Library- Tom Gauld

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.

 

Christmas Wish List

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For a book lover a Christmas list is usually composed of just that, books. I would happily receive all books for Christmas.

Here are the books I have listed on my Christmas wish list:

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What We See When We Read – Peter Mendelsund

Between the Lines– Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Creativity Inc. – Ed Catmull

My Age of Anxiety – Scott Stossel

After the End – Amy Plum

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow – Rita Leganski

Inside – Alix Ohlin

Starting in the 20’s

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When I turned twenty in 2012, I made it my goal to keep track of all of the books I will read in the next twenty years of my life.

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I wish I could go back in time and write down every single book I have read, because I imagine that number to be in the 1000s now.

I think it would be an amazing gift to a reader to receive, say on their 20th birthday, a journal of all of the books they have read so far in their life.

It might take quite a lot of work on my part, but I think I might do this for my children….(easy to say now….).

But until then I have been keeping my own journal from the last two years.
The pages don’t fill up as fast as my shelves, but I do like to flip back through the pages and remember when and where I was reading a specific book. Some are harder to remember than others but more often than not I can actually remember reading the book, and maybe a specific place where I was reading it.

I think my journal might also come in handy when I have children, as they reach their twenties, I can look back and say, ” I read this book when I was twenty-one, and it got me through what you’re going through now, why don’t you try reading it?”

Again this is wishful dreaming. I can’t imagine my children not enjoying reading but you never know. I hope that they will be able to find the same passion I have for reading within themselves and be able to see their book journals as a huge accomplishment. That they were able to take language, and the skill of literacy, and use books to enhance their learning, travelling, imaginations, knowledge, and to have a personal appreciation for what books have to offer them.

 

50% Off Booksale!!

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Tomorrow, July 31st, 2014 the Goodwill Book Store is having their 50% off sale.
This is the ultimate chance to stock up on books and get like new books for an amazing price.

This is where I purchase most of my books. Hardcovers, and soft covers are $4. It always amazes me the condition of books that people donate. I imagine people buying brand new books just to dontate, or people reading them once and then donating them. The books are usually in absolute great condition.

The Sale allows you to purchase up to 10 books per person. This means if you buy 10 books all regularly priced at $4, you will only pay $20 for 10 books!

Bonus! There are now two locations in London, Ontario, meaning you can hit up both stores for up to 20 books for as little as $40! (The average Hardcover book price os $35 dollars. This means you are getting 20x the books for the price of one!)

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Stay tuned for an updated post tomorrow to see my book haul!

Hilary