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99% of my book buying is premeditated thanks to:
1) Goodreads
2) Goodreads
3) Blogs/ YouTube/ Friends/ Goodreads

I don’t remember the last time I bought a book without first checking a Goodreads rating and normally that doesn’t bother me.  Though I do miss just walking into a bookstore and buying something, I have so much fun researching books and finding things on Goodreads that I would normally never have picked up on my own.

But then..

This weekend, I spent the majority of my time at a hospital (don’t worry, everything is okay!) but as can be expected, it wasn’t a great weekend.  On a coffee run, I wandered into the tiny bookstore in a neighbouring building and had every intention of going in to buy E. Lockhart’s new release We Were Liars. I had read a ton of great things about it (on Goodreads, of course) and needed something good to read ASAP. I grabbed the book, read the back, and put it back down and wandered around the store and picked up random books instead. I’m sure I’m not alone in finding solace in a bookstore’s shelves in times of need. It’s one of those universal feelings for booklovers.

I ended up flipping through a copy of Steven Galloway’s new book The Confabulist. Though I haven’t read The Cellist of Sarajevo, I have heard many things about Galloway’s literary prowess.  Though I wasn’t entirely unfamiliar with The Confabulist (a coworker had told me it was good, so I added it to my Goodreads “To-Read” list which is not at all a rare occurrence), I knew next to nothing about it. The book centres around Harry Houdini and the man who may have killed him. Standing at the front of the store, I read the first paragraph and was blown away.  For no particular reason, I just had that “this is the book” feeling. I bought it (along with paperclips in the shape of a pig), had a nice conversation with the cashier behind the counter and headed back up to the hospital room.  Though I didn’t end up reading that afternoon, I climbed into bed with the book that night and have been enthralled ever since. This man can write!

And I know that whenever I look at the book on my shelf in the future, I will remember how a scary weekend was made just a tad bit better with the comfort of a good story, and the feel of a hardback novel in my hands. It will take it’s place next to Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier which also was purchased during a similar hospital situation four years ago.  Family and friends save you when you truly need it, but so do books, and for that, I am truly grateful.

I’ll post a review of The Confabulist when I finish :).  If you feel like opening up, let me know if a book has ever helped you in some way!

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14 thoughts on “The Solace in Unexpected Books

  1. Aww hope everything is okay, Chelsey!
    And what a heartwarming story. While I love GR, I also miss the days of wandering into Chapters and just finding a random book on the shelf that sounded interesting.
    It sounds like an amazing book!

  2. I haven’t read The Cellist of Sarajevo either, but i totally want to read the Confabulist. I think it is the Harry Houdini angle that really grabbed me. I’m glad you like it so far. It makes me think it’s going to be a winner.

  3. Aw, what a nice story. I’m glad everything is okay! I’ve read around 100 pages of this book and I am in love! I can’t wait to finish it and find out what happens!

  4. Like everyone else, I really hope everything’ll be okay! And I’m really glad you can find at least a little bit of comfort in times like that :)

    Oh and I also wanted to tell you that I read Gone with the wind recently, I don’t remember if it’s your blog or youtube channel that made me want to pick it up again but anyway thank you, that did really inspire me and it’s one of the best books I’ve EVER read!

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