I visited a lovely little used bookstore the other day and, as I am wont to do, whiled away an hour or two getting lost in its depths. A few gems I scored, and am so looking forward to diving into:
01 / THE LITTLE PRINCE, Antoine de Sant-Exupéry. Perhaps you will remember my acquiring another, newer copy of this small wonder a few months ago - but, to be perfectly truthful with you, the moment I saw this sitting on the shelves I knew I had to buy it. I think there are some books that one can never have enough copies of, the ones that change from copy to copy, that hold so much more meaning than simply the words on the page. And The Little Prince will endlessly be one of them.
02 / THE BFG, Roald Dahl. A childhood favourite of mine - and, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated of Dahl's (admittedly universally extraordinary) catalogue. I think it will always be a niggling regret that I gave away my worn-out childhood copy of The BFG when we uprooted from America and moved to Singapore - but all the same, there was something almost as lovely in finding it nestled on the shelves and waiting for me to gather it up once more. The BFG is about a very small giant and a very small girl, both with equally large hearts, and it taught me so much about magic and dreaming. I am so delighted to have it on my shelf again.
03 / TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE + more, Mitch Albom. I had a teacher once who read this book to our class, and at the time, I thought it was rather boring. I told him so, and he said to me: "Just wait a few more years and read it again, and then we'll talk." Fast forward three years and I picked up another of Mitch Albom's books - The Timekeeper, if you are wondering. I read it in one sitting - sitting in the midst of a coffee shop, fully in public - and then I closed the book, looked up, and burst into tears. Suffice to say: very belatedly, I have fallen in love with Albom's work, and so when I found these three lovelies squashed side by side on a high shelf, I knew I had to take them home.
(Side note: I told my teacher The Timekeeper story, and he looked at me and said: "This is what they call growing up.")
04 / EAT, PRAY, LOVE, Elizabeth Gilbert. Yes, I have indeed bought into the hype - and while I have stumbled upon a multitude of reviews both praising and condemning this book, I think I may as well see what all of this fuss is about. Also, to be perfectly honest: I am really far more interested in Gilbert's newest book, Big Magic, but I feel it would be slightly dishonest to read the latter without first having read the former. Call me old-fashioned, if you will, but I dislike reading memoirs of creative success without having been exposed to the original success itself.
05 / WINTERGIRLS, Laurie Halse Anderson. This is a book I have been dancing around for what feels like a century. I'm really not quite sure why I haven't caved in and bought it yet - the first chapter and I are old friends by now, considering how many times I have stood in bookstore aisles and leafed through it, pondering whether today is the day I finally give in. I think it is fitting that I picked up a used copy of Wintergirls. Something about this book tells me that it is better when previously loved. And, I think, if it is as extraordinary and heartwrenching as Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, it will be good to have the remnants of other readers lingering in the pages. I have a feeling that this is the sort of book that only tears know how to fathom.
p.s. what books have you been reading and/or adding to your shelves lately, lovelies? let us talk about readerly endeavours in the comments. i think it's the best topic for a conversation, after all. xx