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I Trade Bulges for Books

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I am by nature not much of a chatter. This day I must tell all.

I returned my 17 library books today and most were unread. For me, this was a scandalous first if ever there was one.

I have now filled my bag with all sorts of stuff - a couple of books that friends have lent me, including a signed copy of David Byrne's How Music Works and Tan Twan Eng's The Garden of Evening Mists; three untouched issues of the literary quarterly, Cabinet; a spectacular catalog filled with essays as well as images from The Interwoven Globe, The Worldwide Textile Trade 1500-1800 from a recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York - my interest is particularly piqued by the unacknowledged subtext of this catalog which of course is the African slave trade and the concurrent global influence of African textile patterns; several collections of essays, including John Sullivan's Pulphead; Josť Donoso's The Obscene Bird of Night, and Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose.

Not a page-turner in the bunch. Ain't I swell?

My 2014 resolution to loose one pound for every book I read can be misleading. The truth is, if I have not lost the pound by the end of the book, no new book until I do. I do not have TV, do not use my computer as one and seldom go to the theater. I read. so...

Novels, get thee behind me!!!

However, I just read a blog by someone who was dismayed for having dropped 2 pounds in one day. Should that happen to me, I have Terry Pratchett's Dodger and Muriel Barbery's Gourmet Rapsody tucked way down at the bottom of the bag, gleaming like 2 Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffles. % )

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Doris Lessing earlier this month. I have found her work to be of enormous worth to me personally. R.I.P. May her pages ever softly turn.

Do not speak to me of Kindle.

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    I really like this idea & found it motivational myself! :)

    PS - Dodger's quite a good read, enjoy it when you get there!
    945 days ago
    May you lose much so you can do the thing you love ........... READ and I don't own a kindle either. Nope.
    945 days ago
    I work at the library once a week--we can tell if you turn books back in and haven't read them. **

    **No we can't, but it would be an awesome super power to have, LOL. Nice reading list!
    945 days ago
    I don't mind checking books out and turning them in unread, since I check out such big stacks at a time. Sometimes I do it on purpose with less popular topics that are important to me, just to keep the circulation numbers up, so they won't be eliminated from the collection. Scandalous!
    945 days ago
  • v CAT-IN-CJ
    Love the goal - 1 pound per book! great idea.

    Totally agree about the Kindle. I haven't yet found a way to cuddle up with one! Yesterday I went to the library to pick up the much-anticipated next book in a series, only to find it was an audio book. I left without it, after placing the REAL book on order. Sigh.
    945 days ago
    emoticon You are doing it!
    946 days ago
    Good goals - what ever works although for me I would like to take a look at the Art Books , I was unaware of the passing of the Doris Lessing, to busy trying to be a jock lately , yikes . I am not big on the Kindle either - I love the smell of books and the texture . I have faith in you and your new adventure ! Keep us posted - Hugs K
    946 days ago
  • v PHOENIX1949
    946 days ago
    May flights of angels sing thee to thy loss... so to speak.

    Here's wishing you a year of books galore!
    946 days ago
    Good question, Sleeperella! I was at fighting trim in 2001, but I was very athletic and muscular. I've had several surgeries since then and have lost more muscles than most folks ever had in the first place % ) - that sounds uppity, but as a professional site artist, I spent 5-7 hours a day hiking cross-country with a drawing pack. I cut and split all my stove wood (heat & cooking) and fed myself from my garden - that sort of life makes a strong woman.

    I have no idea what my ideal weight is without an athlete's body, and my definition of "in good shape" at age 66 is going to be a different animal as well. It is possible that I will reach an ideal weight during 2014. It is also possible that I may need to loose 70 pounds, which will take a bit longer than a year. I just want to feel good and to be as healthy & pain-free as possible!
    946 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2014 1:24:21 AM
    Cool idea! What happens when you get to your goal weight? emoticon
    946 days ago
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