Like anyone who loves books, I also love buying books. I can easily walk into a bookstore and pick up twenty books. And I was. So I knew I needed to stop. I don’t just buy books for the sake of it, I buy them cos they intrigue me and I’m desperate to read them. However, the rate in which I buy books and the speed at which I read them could only ever end in disappointment. I just get overwhelmed cos there’s so many books out there that I want to read. But I’ve decided to start with the ones currently in my possession. I challenged myself to buy only twelve books in the year of 2018, one for each month. This would allow me to make a bigger dent in my already owned books. Since we’re almost midway through the year I figured I’d give you an update of how that’s going!
Gay’s the Word, London
In May I popped into Gay’s the Word. Yeah, you heard, I got to bloody MAY before I bought a single book this year. I was super impressed with myself. I’ve walked passed this book shop many times on my way to Skoob Books and it’s just either been closed or I was running for a train home. So on my most recent trip to London I purposely put this shop on my to do list. And it did not disappoint. This small store near Euston station will fulfil all your LGBTQ+ needs, be it fiction, essays, poetry, memoirs.
Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
I read this book in university and ever since I did I wanted to read the series. I just never did. So I picked this one up to start the journey again. Basically it’s kind of like a written soap opera set in San Francisco with, of course, many LGBT issues and themes. It’s lighthearted and fun, mainly.
Your Silence Will Not Protect You – Audre Lorde
All I know about Audre Lorde is that damn, she can write very quotable sentences and phrases. I’ve seen her name splashed across many feminism social media pages so I thought it was about time I got acquainted with her. This is a collection of her poems, speeches and essays. From what I’ve read about her she’s a badass black, feminist, activist, lesbian, essayist, poet. She crosses many identities which is why I think she demands to be listened to, especially now in a time where her words are so relevant despite her death being over twenty five years ago.
During my trip in May, I passed this shop every day that finally I just broke and went in. I’m glad I did! As far as Waterstones’ go this was a pretty spectacular one. It had a couple of floors above ground which were good but below ground was where the fun was happening. There’s like a gallery which is kind of like a cave and there’s also the lower ground floor which is a gigantic room with a circling balcony. Basically there was just too many books to look at I could not breathe.
The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
I’ve been aware of this book for many years now and just never pick it up. But I wanted to use some of my books this year to be books I’ve wanted for a long time instead of all being somewhat spontaneous. So I went in hunt of this one. In the few pages I’ve read it’s exactly what I thought it would be. It’s about self love and generosity and positivity. The four agreements are a way to live your life authentically.
At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails – Sarah Bakewell
This one I have never heard of in my life, but damn, was the sixteen year old Sarah inside me sold instantly. As far as I can tell it’s kind of an overview narrative of existentialism from the beginning. It introduces all the major players. I’ve only read thirteen pages so far but it’s excellent.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Another book I’ve been hearing a lot about since it came out a few years ago. I decided it was past due that I picked it up. I’m excited to read it because it’s specifically about race in Britain whereas a lot of the similar literature you hear about has an American setting. Whilst I think American issues are very important, I think it’s paramount that I actually know what’s happening in the country I live in. So I can see if there’s any way I can alter my behaviour and ideas.
So my total book count so far is five. Let’s see how the second half of the year goes!
What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? – Snow Patrol