My TBR list is always hundreds of titles long, but here’s a peek at some of the books that I could not leave behind at the bookstore most recently:
Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer: I brought this travel/memoir at Brooklyn Flea, because I’m currently reading & am obsessed with Dyer’s collection of essays, Working the Room. I want to read everything Geoff Dyer’s ever written. Also, the title is pretty amazing.
You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik: This was an impulse purchase at Strand, I had never heard of it before I saw it in their basement bins of new paperbacks. Three factors: a 50% off price tag, intriguing jacket copy, and the fact that I’ve never been steered wrong by a Europe Edition combined forces and this one had to come home with me.
Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon: This is a pretty fantastic book cover, yes? But of course we would never buy a book just because it has a pretty cover, would we? We’d also flip through it and think that the subject matter looks fascinating and that we’d enjoy reading it. This was one of those times where instead of putting it back down and pondering it for a few more days/weeks/months/until paperback release, I just went for it and purchased it.
Paris: The Collected Traveler, An Inspired Companion Guide, edited by Barrie Kerper: This is one in a newish series of books (all under “The Collected Traveler” title) that looks fantastic. It’s a non-traditional guidebook that combines in-depth articles and history with essays and interviews with many writers & experts of the city. There’s a little seed recently planted in my head that’s telling me to go to Paris next year for my vacation, and I’m indulging it with books while I ponder the potential trip.
Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan: I read this article on NPR, and then I absolutely needed this book. I miss Ireland very much, and reading literature about the beautiful countryside, quaint towns, and rich culture helps make up for the fact that I’m not still driving through the green hills in the little red rental car with Emma, stopping frequently to stare at the view in amazement.