This photo was taken a few weeks ago when it was still warm. It's officially Fall here now, we have had hot cocoa, I am wearing tights everyday, and most of the summer dresses have been put away for the season.
I finished Beautiful Ruins, and really liked it. There were some similarities to A Visit from the Goon Squad, which I had read over the summer, before some trashy stuff I read toward the end of the summer. I just started Olive Kitteridge, but I think I may wait, because all 3 of these books have several stories/characters happening all at once. I want a book that is about just one person, an story of just their life, I think. Or something that doesn't feel like sort stories. So, I have put that one aside to revisit later and have now started reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
For a while now, I have been loading up my e-reader with book samples. It's how I keep track of what I have been meaning to read. Then I just start reading a sample, often not remembering why I wanted to check it out in the first place, I just have faith there was a reason. What I like about doing this is I start to read the book with no idea what it's about. I just have to start it. I can get so caught up in what the back of the book says, (or what reviews say) but what is that? It's actually such a weird way to decided to read a book—by the little paragraph on the back. Or by what someone else says about it. So, I read the samples, which are free (thank goodness) and they are long—way more text than I would ever read standing in a bookshop trying to decide to buy a book. I love bookshops, and holding real books, nothing can beat that, but being able to read a sample of a book, at home, at any hour, is pretty wonderful. Sometimes, I then buy the real book, and not the e-version, based on the free sample. Because then I can sell it used! I love buying/selling used books at Powells.
We are headed to a couple Halloween parties this weekend and early next week, so I need to finish up some details: a mini-oscar statue, Pete needs to finish his cardboard double-neck guitar, and I need to work some magic with 2 cheap wigs.