I originally set out to find a bolero jacket which fits perfectly with the blue dress I bought off the internet for my cousin’s confirmation in late April. As I am not the most patient shopper and am just too picky, I ended up with nothing. Most of the times, my problem is that I know exactly what I want, there is just no store offering it. It’s the same with me an man only they’re not displayed in stores to shop around.
Before I could set out to find nothing, I was asked to participate in a competition to win something. Unfortunately I stopped before I knew what it was, I initially thought the guy just wanted to give me flyer for something but no. He asked me if I was already 18. Helloooo?!! I’m 24 for god’s sake and while I know I don’t look my age, I don’t think I look like a minor. I never know whether I should take thinks like that as a compliment or not. This made me slightly uneasy which probably did not help my ability to shop.
So, after leaving the mall with nothing, I passed by this book store. It’s a chain, and I never really liked it, still don’t but I had to go in, because I wanted to buy something! Last time I went in, I bought three books, one of them was a total drag but I finished it last night. Finally!
There I was, looking at all the pretty books. I found one of my fave’s in the recommended pile, ‘The Monsters of Tempelton’ by Lauren Groff. It’s were I initially took my Twitter username (WillieSun) and later my WordPress name from ’cause I’m horrible at making up names. I love, love, love the book, it’s beautiful cover and the author. Can’t wait for her third book to come out in paperback. But I’m drifting away.
I wasn’t in the mood for a contemporary book translated into german which, unfortunately, are most books you can buy in a german book store, so I strolled over to the english book section. They tend not to be big, which always makes me sad and I end up ordering my books from amazon. But there was nothing there either which brought me to my last stop, the classics section. And alas! I found something. Actually, I was eying it the last time I was in the store but I wasn’t sure.
I am now the proud owner of my own copy of ‘War and Peace’ finally. I spent one summer searching for my granny’s copy of the book but never found it. It’s a huge, very long book and I will probably not read it right away but owning it makes me really glad. I remember reading ‘Anna Karenina’, same author, long russian book but it was excellent.
Alongside ‘War and Peace’ I also bought ‘Oliver Twist’ because I didn’t have it yet.
As you probably already guessed correctly, I love books and own a big bunch of them. I’m even running out of bookshelf-place by now but what the heck. You can never have too many of them. Right?!!
It’s just the best thing to loose yourself in a good story and you know that, after whatever number of pages, most problems will be resolved and everything has found it’s place. A similar thing applies to TV shows as well, only there you have a finite number of episodes but otherwise it’s the same experience for me.
So, I simply cannot not enter a book-store, even when I don’t particularly like the store, I still feel like missing out when I pass it. There could be a book, a potential friend, that wants to come home with me to eventually enlighten my day.
Now I find myself in the awkward position where I have to choose which book to read next and I’m not sure whether it’s the right choice because mood does play a role in my enjoyment of a book. My studies have me in a pretty tight grip these days, so I don’t have the time I would want to devote to reading and it is easier to find time when I really enjoy a story.
I chose ‘Tom Sawyer’ for now. My first book by Mark Twain and I do hope I’ll like it. It was a tie between this one and ‘Great Expectations’ but after reading the first page I ended up with the Twain. And I’m gonna start right now!