Nothing better than the real deal

I could tell you about the books I’ve been reading, but you might be disappointed. August hasn’t been a strong reading month for me. I’ve added a lot of books to my “to read” list and I’ve been dreaming of curling up with a pile of books and hiding out for days, but for some reason I’ve just not been able to get started on anything. Even my book club books. Which makes me sad.

I’ve been thinking a lot about why I haven’t been able to get into any of my new books, and I finally realized, I was craving a real, tangible, paper book to read. Not my Kindle (for once). Almost every book I’ve read this year has been on Kindle.

I think it all started when I was in Portland… I made a visit to my book-mecca, Powell’s, and I think that hardcore book feeling hit me. Suddenly, reading on my Kindle just wasn’t enough. I needed the real thing.

(Cue U2’s Even Better Than the Real Thing…)

Ironically, I didn’t buy any books at Powell’s when I visited. I got a great t-shirt, and several stickers, and a Kleen Kanteen pint glass… your basic tourist stuff. I did buy a few books for my niece and nephew, but not for me. But I made up for it when I came home. And now I’m so excited about my purchase that I can hardly handle the anticipation…


Yep. Little magical book bundle boxes arriving on my doorstep nearly once a month. And the first of these will be David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks. I Can. Not. Wait.

So, don’t mind me while I spend the next week or so eagerly checking my mail for my very first book package from Powell’s. Maybe I’ll make an unboxing video when it gets here. You know you want to see that.

I’m only slightly sad that I missed last month’s shipment that featured The Great Glass Sea. But, it’s okay. I’ll just add that to my hold list at the library. Luckily, we have a really good library, and I’ve already put six books on hold to keep me going while I’m on this real-deal book kick.

Books. They come in all shapes and sizes and I love them all.

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