I go into bookstores often. Today I went into two.
I read quite a bit, but not as much as I would like to.
My book collection has grown a lot over the years and it makes me so happy.
Each book is a memory and a moment in time.
Some have answered my questions, most of them have inspired me or given me an insight and understanding to realities or different ways of life, that I will never, in my lifetime, experience or even imagine.
Anytime I am faced with a question in life, I go looking for answers, and the first place I go looking, is in a bookstore.
Want to know what my favourite day of the year is?
It is the day this book comes out. The Age Good Cafe Guide. This is the third year that I have bought it, and I can say without a doubt that it has improved my life. Seriously.
Basically what I do is, I pick one highlighter colour, and I turn to the back (there is an alphabetical listing of all the cafes reviewed in the book) and I highlight all the cafes that I have been to. Then because I’m slightly kooky, I count how many cafes there are (this new one has 311) and then I count how many I have been to ( I have been to 80 in this book) and then I start my mission. And then I get a new highlighter colour and highlight all the new ones I go to.
My mission is to drink all the coffee in Melbourne. No, not really. But actually each year I try and go to all the cafes listed in the guide. It’s actually really fun, and it’s cool because Matt Holden and his team do a great job and pick really good cafes.
So this new guide came out this week and I bought it at Dymocks for $9.95. If you can wait ( I couldn’t), you can buy it with The Age on Sunday for $5.00.
I am having my first ever blog giveaway. My super lovely, generous friend Baz is replacing some of his books and has donated six books from his collection that I will giveaway. The giveaway is only open to people in Australia, sorry to anyone who is outside of Australia.
There are 6 books.
1. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
3. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
4. Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
5. Emma by Jane Austen
6. In One Person by John Irving.
So I will have one draw for each book, you guys are welcome to enter all six draws if you please. Basically add a comment below, stating the number/s (eg 1. for Brideshead Revisited) and why you want to win. I’ll be picking them at random to make it fair.
Entries are welcome from today; Saturday 21.04.2014 and will close at the end of the day on Friday 25th April 2014. Hopefully I can announce the winner/s on Saturday.
PS. The skulls and other objects are not part of the prize, just the books :).
March was not a good reading month for me, Uni got much too busy and the only reading time I had was on the train on the way to and from Uni. After the third week that didn’t even work out because I was so tired that I would fall asleep.
Anyway I did finish reading ‘The Wrong Girl’ by Zoe Foster and I started reading ‘Haunted’ by Chuck Palahniuk. Haven’t quite finished Haunted yet but almost there.
The two books couldn’t be anymore different but I love reading so I will read anything. That doesn’t mean I love everything I read but I will give everything a chance.
The Wrong Girl really surprised me. If you have followed the previous books I have listed here and read you can tell they are mostly classics, and not really romance or as they are often called ‘chick-lit’. However reading this was really nice. It was nice, light reading and a nice break between all the others. It was also relevant and dealt with similar issues that I am actually dealing with in my daily life, so I liked it for that.
Haunted on the other hand was suggested to me by my friend Rhys. This book is insane and intense. I think that if I hadn’t read American Psycho that I wouldn’t be able to stomach this one. The part I’m currently up to is so crazy, and involves cannibalism. I actually like it’s craziness, but I always wonder when I read things like this, I wonder how on Earth did this guy, Chuck Palahniuk come up with this, like seriously.