Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Little Help From My Friend

“Wasn't that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought.” - Kathryn Stockett, The Help

I did not read The Help when it first appeared on shelves in 2009. I did not read The Help when the movie came out in theaters last year and then swept the Academy Awards (in case you were wondering, that was me, from my living room, screaming for Octavia Spencer when she won). It isn't as though I didn't try to read The Help. The universe kept getting in my way.

Or should I say the "hold list" at my local library. It is a small library (which is a tough pill for me to swallow, since I grew up near one of the most beautiful and largest libraries in the state) and there were only so many copies available to its patrons. After months of waiting on the list, I gave up. And then proceeded to complain to anyone who was listening. My best friend, another avid, obsessive reader, finally grew tired of my constant mumbles and grumbles and handed me her copy when I attended her 4th of July party. "Here," she told me. "I'm putting this by the door. Do NOT leave without it." That night, after a great day of good food, fireworks, and homemade ice cream cake, I went home with The Help.

In about five days I finished the book. I couldn't put it down. I laughed, I cried...I watched the movie a couple more times.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

When I Get a Little Money, I Buy a Book

“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” - Desiderius Erasmus

I read this quote when I was child, and it is unfortunate and lovely that it has stayed with me to this very day.  I notice this at the end of every month when I pay for my coffee in quarters.  I noticed this when I moved into my new apartment and I carried tote bags upon tote bags of books on my shoulders and in my arms  - like an ant that had been too greedy at a picnic.  I notice this now when I look through my schedule to figure out when I can get to the booktrader's.  As I said, it is unfortunate and it is lovely.

Luckily for me, books have been my personal consistent activity.  I've yet to finish crocheting a blanket, I have yet to finish knitting a scarf, I have yet to work on yet my TWO other blogs that I insist I will get to when I "have the time."  I have to yet to finish unpacking (although, I really did just move in less than two weeks ago).  But I am almost done with The Help by Kathryn Stockett and in the middle of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Last year, I read 87 books.  I am proud to say that, out of everything I start, I always finish a book.  

And, because my grandmother has trained her Broadway baby so well and old habits die hard, let me entertain you.  Throw on a pot of tea, make that run to Starbucks, grab a blanket, grab your dog, grab your cat.  Read well. Read often.  Read Furiously.
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