Books

Books have taken over!

I’m back… and still a nerd.

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Beautiful books! Strand Bookstore, New York. March, 2015.

First off, my apologies for the sudden month hiatus—the end of the semester and a quick and unexpected trip to New York got me off my game.

But if you’ve been reading my other site, you’ll know my book nerd lifestyle continues. And in all seriousness, I have to say they are taking over my life—and I’m not complaining!

What I want, however, is time to read all of my books—is that a good enough reason for the ministry to give me a time turner? So multiple Taylors can sit in different rooms reading all the book. And yes, I mean all the books.

I’ve been running around so much this year trying to get all my work done, think about my future, have a social life(? This might be a lie…), and all those basic necessities you need to do to survive that reading seems to have fallen to the side of things.

Not sure if it’s a good thing or not, but I’ve developed a “Tsundoku,” or the Japanese word for a pile new, unread books that tend to come together—seriously? How is that not a word in English?

Anyway that’s not to say I haven’t been reading. My constant trips to bookstores whenever I travel keeps reminding me not to mention my dissertation and Classic Alice reminding me weekly about all the great classics that I somehow missed in my life as an English major.

I’ve read Beawulf, Chaucer (both times in middle-English!), and many others from Early lit at least twice, yet Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Scarlett Letter, and so many more huge and obscure titles: nothing!

Anyway, I recently finished the most recent Kristen Britain novel (it hurt) and am now firmly tucked in to Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL which I’ve been coveting forever (there may be a love rant down the line—so much love and I just started.)

Anyway, before I start anymore book ranting—here are my two must read lists for myself just to start me off (you know between everything else I’m doing!):

Recent Publications (as in, not classic—yet!):

  1. Cecelia Ahern’s How to Fall in Love—I think this is my fifth or sixth Ahern novel and she’s brilliant. I started reading her while traveling through Ireland with my sister which totally set the mood of the trip. She really is just compelling.
  2. I won Lev Grossman’s book The Magician’s Land in one of Classic Alice’s campaigns but didn’t realize it’s the third installment of the series… so I will need the first two. Reading the summary, however, I’m excited to get into the story!
  3. Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere—I’ve never read a Gaiman book before which is really shocking for me. I grew up a Terry Brooks girl so I was always in the section but I figure this is an interesting start with this author and my year out here in London.
  4. Allison Burnett’s Ask Me Anything—as a blogger and millennial, I feel like this is an interesting area to look at. I watched the Film (also directed by Burnett) last night and it was fantastic! It feels a lot different than most of the stuff I’ve been reading so I’m excited.
  5. I’ve really got to work through the rest of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I finished the first one right after the first few episodes came out and now I have the next two waiting for me.

None of these are in any particular order by the way.

But now, onto the first five classics (again, thanks to my webseries obsession this is hard to list the top contenders—with no explanations this time around):

  1. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  2. Count of Monte Cristo also by Alexandre Dumas (what can I say—Classics!)
  3. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  4. Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  5. And, Finally, the play Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw

Anyway, there you have my book nerd life—a life in books. Never enough hours in the day.

Let me know what books you’ve got in your very own “Tsundoku,” what you’re reading now, or coveting for later.

Read on, my darling book nerds, read on!

–Taylor Gallagher

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