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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!
    1004 days ago
    May you lose much so you can do the thing you love ........... READ and I don't own a kindle either. Nope.
    1004 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!
    1004 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!
    1004 days ago
    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.
    1005 days ago
    emoticon You are doing it!
    1005 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
    1005 days ago
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    1005 days ago
    May flights of angels sing thee to thy loss... so to speak.

    Here's wishing you a year of books galore!
    1005 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!
    1005 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2014 1:24:21 AM
    Cool idea! What happens when you get to your goal weight? emoticon
    1005 days ago
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