Happy Daylight Savings er’body!
I don’t know what it is about the one hour switch-over, but it has thrown me completely out of whack. I fell asleep on the couch yesterday, then couldn’t sleep last night, and have spent the morning at my computer yawning and clutching coffee. But, I digress and the show must go on!
I’ve been a bit absent recently but here are a few fun updates:
→ I finished Donna Tartt’s The Secret History last week. It took me nearly a month to read (which is slow, even for me) and it was absolutely phenomenal. I LOVED it. It is going down as a favourite and I am already looking forward to re-reading it. I think I will listen to the audiobook, as Tartt herself reads it and I loved the excerpt on Audible. I’m having a major book hangover and I just can’t stop thinking about the characters. I’m not ready to leave them behind, or Tartt herself. I can’t wait to get started with her next novel, The Little Friend, as soon as I can stop daydreaming about The Secret History.
→ Another one of Toronto’s monumental bookstores is closing at the end of this month: World’s Biggest Bookstore. Though owned by Chapters Indigo, this store looks nothing like any of the other stores. It is a gigantic warehouse full of rows and rows of books, both new and quite rare. If you were ever on the hunt for that one book that was published years ago and had no publicity and seems to have vanished from the earth .. WBB probably has a copy. Located in the heart of downtown, this store holds a place near and dear to my heart. It is a very short walk from the cluster of downtown Toronto hospitals: one of which my father was in for months surrounding a major surgery he underwent. While my father slept, my mom and I would wander over to WBB to grab a few books to read by his bedside. It was during that time that I bought Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, which has since become a favourite. Whenever I see that book on my shelf, I am reminded of the tough time during which I bought it, and the solace that bookstore offered. On the weekend, I went to say goodbye to these store, and bought two books as a memorial (both of which I am reading now, as per my rule on book buying that was recently implemented.) I will be truly sad to see this iconic store go.
→ More buddy reads next month! My friend Natalie (Browsing Bookshelves) and I read Dark Places together last month and had a really great time texting each other back and forth with our theories, thoughts and gasps of horror. We had so much fun that we’ve decided to continue on with our buddy reading by starting The Shadow of the Wind next month! Both of us have been wanting to read this book for ages, and it is a well-known fact that book lovers must at least attempt it (books about books? OF COURSE!). If you would like to join in – feel free :)!
→ Current reads: Right now, I am still a little hungover from The Secret History (please read this amazing article by a fellow blogger who had a similar experience). When friends asked what I was reading, I was like:
And when they asked what I planned to read next.. I was like:
But since, I’ve decided to give a few books a shot. One being Marisha Pessl’s first book, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I LOVED Night Film last year, and couldn’t wait to go back and read her first novel. However, I am about 30 pages in and it is MUCH different (which I was warned about). I am not in love yet, but that could still change. I think this my attempt at gripping onto the student/teacher/mystery at a school type book (because of, you guessed it, The Secret History). Also, I was feeling like something classic and touching this weekend, so I picked up Charlotte’s Web, which is definitely a classic and one I didn’t read a kid. So far, I am really enjoying it!
That’s about it for me right now. I will definitely be doing a raving review of The Secret History once my words turn into something more than “AHHHHHH IT WAS AMAZING!!!” Though if you’ll take my word for it without a full review, it really is, and I HIGHLY recommend everyone read it! Major girl crush on Donna Tartt now, you guys. I am going to throw in some fun facts about her and the book in the review and you’ll see why the crush is certainly justifiable.
Let me know in the comments if you guys have read any of these, or what you are reading now :).