So last night we went for sushi -- yum -- and then went to Borders because there was a gift I needed to buy and we had gift certificates and coupons. So why not? What did I buy? Let's see:
Silence of the Lambs
by Thomas Harris
YOU: The Owner's Manual : An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger
by Michael F. Roizen
For Her Own Good : Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women
by Barbara Ehrenreich
by Elie Wiesel
Plus the latest Real Simple magazine. When will I break down and just get a subscription?
I love bookstores almost as much as I love reading. I also love travel bookstores. The funny thing is, if I don't have a trip planned, then a travel bookstore is almost too much to handle. Overload. But when we do have something scheduled, then it is a blast. Especially for somewhere new.
A couple years ago when we were planning our honeymoon, we spent time at our #1 favorite bookstore. While finding great books on Italy and Portugal, my husband also bought Lonely Planet: Trans-Siberian Railway. This was a surprise but I think we read the whole thing and then put that adventure on our list of things to do. Vladivostok to Moscow on a train sounds wild and fascinating and great. So many things to do!
Our other favorite travel bookstore is Traveler's Bookcase. (The website is not very deep.) It is not quite as comprehensive as the CA Map and Travel store, but it is cozy and has great writing accessories, journals, etc. Not to mention it rates highly due to its close proximity to Joan's On Third. The staff at both bookstores are always very helpful and friendly. And next door to the Traveler's Bookcase is the Cook's Library. Also overwhelming, but great for so many different kinds of books on cooking, not just cookbooks.
Fortunately, I have been to Paris enough times that this trip for me will be more about hidden spots and quiet streets more than the D'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower. So a book like Romantic Paris looked like a great start. I wish there was a volume of City Secrets for Paris. We used City Secrets for Florence, Venice and the towns of Italy and had a blast seeing things we probably never would have with a conventional guide book. City Secrets are great addendum to regular travel guides.
I have continued to read the Paris book we got from my mom. It is just relaxing and dreamy to read about how to be a writer in Paris. I am so tired from this job that I can manage about 10 pages per night in it. Then I fall asleep with narrow Rues and Blvds dancing in my head.
The only problem with this book (I'm on page 25) is that it makes me:
a) want to be in Paris now
b) want to stay in Paris longer than we will be (11 days)
c) makes me want to buy an apartment there so we can go back and be regulars to all these great places any time we like.
Okay, I'll be completely honest and say that I want to own an apartment there anyway. Rome too. This is not a fantasy, this is an intention.
Holy cow. Full time job makes reading tough! Yowza. I have read a few magazines (Los Angeles, Real Simple, Time), but not much in the way of books.
I did start reading "The Thin Man" and am enjoying it, though it is more hard boiled and noir than the movies. I bought it to read because we watched the set of DVDs my husband bought me for Christmas. It is just mindless reading for now.
I have not been back to "Oh The Glory of it All." Not sure if it is the book or the job or how tired I am or what.
I am reading through an old journal. Senior year in college. It is fascinating to compare what happened in my life vs. what I actually wrote about in detail, or at all.
I came across this gem from November 1988. I was at the airport waiting for a flight home for Thanksgiving vacation.
"The guy next to me has a portable lap computer that he is using at present. Ugh. That would be like having a phone in my car. Don't know if I could ever do it."