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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 :).

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7 thoughts on “Current Reads & Updates

  1. Gah, Daylight Savings Time has really messed me up too. Finishing a research paper late last night, not being able to fall asleep, and then DST on top of that has made for a tough Monday.
    I’m so glad you continued to love The Secret History! I ended up receiving it for my birthday and I look forward to picking it up sometime this year :) just having it on my shelf is nice, I love the cover and spine. It’s such a gorgeous book.
    As for what I’m reading, I just finished The Complete Persepolis and watched the movie yesterday. I enjoyed everything about it, it was actually better than I anticipated. I’m now trying to start A Game of Thrones for the third time since I got the box set. We’ll see how far that goes, but I seem to find it easier to read this time around. I’ve just heard so much buzz about it lately, so I figured it might be a sign to finally power through past the first 100 pages and see what the fuss is about. I suppose we’ll see, but right now I’m pretty excited about it.

    • Aww, I really enjoyed The Complete Persepolis too! I haven’t seen the movie though! I’ll have to do that :).
      I hope you get to The Secret History soon. It is now up there in the ranks of my favourite books of all time!
      And oooo, I haven’t braved Game of Thrones yet but you’ll have to let me know what you think :).

    • I will definitely do a video eventually :). Right now quite a few of my favourite books are with my mom, so I once they find their way back, I will film! I did have one up for quite a while, but recently took it down as it was a bit outdated. Soon!

  2. I remember going to WBB before it was owned by Chapters and when it was truly unique. That’s how old i am!!

    And Calamity Physics is totally different from Night Film. I didn’t much care for Night Film but loved Calamity Physics. It did remind me of The Secret History and had that whole gang of bright kids hanging out together thing going for it. I hope you enjoy it. It is quite possible that nothing you read after The Goldfinch will satisfy you.

    • Oh no lol. I am going to try The Little Friend first in hopes of prolonging my reading of her books! I’ve just gotten to the parts in Special Topics where the kids get involved (takes about 100 pages!). I adored Night Film and you’re right, this is nothing like it. But so far I’m enjoying it for different reasons, though some of her references are a bit over my head :|.

  3. I’m definitely going to have to pick up The Secret History now! But only once I’ve gotten over my own Donna Tartt hangover! I never got to visit the WBB store, but I’m always disappointed when I hear about a bookstore closing :( Can’t wait for our next buddy read! :D

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