Immersed in Books
One of the pleasures of being a reader is the feeling of being immersed in the world of books. Books give me so much comfort, and sometimes life leaves us needing some comfort. This week has been a good reading week and a busy life week. Here are a few bookish things that have been going on:
Last weekend my husband and I explored a fantastic bookstore in Savannah, Georgia: The Book Lady Bookstore. When we walked in I fell in love; I also felt like this is what my house could look like in a few years. I mean there were books everywhere. Books in bookcases and on tables and even stacked in piles along the floor. I came away with three books, and believe me, that is indicative of incredible self-control. I bought another copy of Madame Bovary (one of my favorite novels, and I feel I can't have too many copies of it). This was a pocket-sized Oxford Classics edition with a really pretty cover. I got a first edition of Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights by Susan Straight, and a short story collection by Elizabeth Jolley. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have run across these three books in any other bookstore. I love the way a small, independent bookstore can reflect the taste and sensibility of the people who work there.
This week we were fortunate to have writer Kim Purcell visit our school for a day. Purcell is the author of a YA novel, Trafficked. Naturally, I wanted to read her book before her visit. I zipped through this book in just over a day (I actually got up at 5:00 a.m. and finished the last twenty pages the day of her visit). The novel is about a teenager from Moldova who travels to Los Angeles to be a nanny for a Russian family, only to find herself a slave, with her safety and emotional well-being at risk. I really liked the main character, Hannah, and thought the book was well-written and fast-paced. Trafficked was nominated for a SC Young Adult Book Award, which is one reason why Purcell came to our state. I thought Purcell did a great job of relating to our students, and I enjoyed her presentation very much (more on that in a separate post).
Finally: I finally, finally read John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Yes, it lived up to the hype. There were a lot of things going on around me, but somehow I managed to immerse myself in Green's novel (and the world of Hazel and Augustus). I officially love John Green. I guess that makes me a nerdfighter.
So, even when the world is whirling around me at its own crazy pace, I can always slow the world down by immersing myself in the world of books.
How do you immerse yourself in books? Do you find a little out-of-the-way bookstore and browse for an hour, or do you sink into your favorite book?