Monday, July 19, 2010

Book Shopping

This weekend I was feeling a little down in the dumps, and I couldn't figure out why.  It's probably the first weekend in the past 100 that I've been bored for the simple reason that I don't really get bored - I usually find there is just too much to do.

On Saturday, my girlfriend was studying so I took the opportunity of quiet time to catch up a bit on my reading.  I'm currently reading "Tender is the Night" for the book club and I started way later than usual this month because I was polishing up "The Mill on the Floss."  Since I'm hosting July's meeting, I figured that I shouldn't wait with this one until the last minute, so I'm now 100 pages from the end, which makes me feel a lot better.  Should be no problem to get it done in a week.

On Sunday, because I was bored I decided to walk down the main street in the little village that I live in.  I wasn't planning on buying anything other than freshly roasted coffee, but I stopped into a couple of book stores and couldn't help myself.  I ended up picking up two books, which meant some major restraint on my part. 


Despite not being very impressed with "A Man Without a Country", I decided to pick up "Armageddon in Retrospect" which was a collection of Vonnegut's short stories published posthumously.  I'm a decent Vonnegut fan, because we share a common history and because his books are always unique. 

The second book I purchased, against my better judgement (due to price) was a Guide to Switzerland.  I have been contemplating a trip there for about a week and I ended up purchasing this to force my hand a little bit.  Once you buy a guide book, it becomes more of a reality.  Dates still to be determined, but at least I've made the first step. 

My shelves are getting pretty packed, but they aren't as crazy as Shannon's... as her desk is starting to get infected.

4 comments:

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

Ah yes, I am a sad case ;) You have such nice bookcases, I have bookcase-envy :D

I don't think I'll be reading any more Vonnegut; he and I do not compute. But Switzerland! That's exciting :) Are you definitely going?

Spudz said...

Regarding Vonnegut, you should give "The Galapagos" a try. I have a feeling that you'd like it.

I'm glad you like my bookcases. I looked for two or three years before I bought some... they're still kinda cheap, but I realy enjoy them - they're very sturdy.

Spudz said...

It's official... Nick and I are both going to Switzerland at the end of August.

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

They don't look cheap - and I have a good eye for well-built furniture! So, good choice there :)

Oh I'm so envious! You're probably due up for a good holiday though I'm sure. Hope you post photos...