I have more hobbies than the average human. In fact, I have such a wide variety of interests that some days I amaze myself. Allow me to illustrate: I read books, read about books, read galleys, review galleys, visit bookshops, talk about books, buy books, follow booksellers on social media, collect signed first editions, and meet authors. I’m very well rounded.
Last December, I was
stalking looking at Mary Laura Philpott’s Instagram when I came across a book coming out in April, “You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld. Instantly, I requested it on Netgalley!
When I was approved, I realized it was a book of short stories. I do NOT like short stories. They are not short enough to actually feel short and yet are too short for anyone else to read them. Essentially, when you finish a short story you have no one to talk to. It’s a very lonely experience.
This collection was drastically different. I could not put it down! It was exactly what I was looking for- fun and light, yet also witty and real. It’s the perfect beach read for smart people- a collection that I could get a lot of people to love!
So there you have it, yet again I discovered another great book before the general public had a chance to read it. End of story. Actually, there is more…
Not only did I read it before publication, but I had a signed first-edition in my hands THREE days before its book birthday!
On Saturday, April 21st, I made the trek down to St. Louis for the book launch. There was the required trip to Left Bank Books, the mandatory taco stop, and of course the normal procedure of showing up two hours before the event began and getting kicked out of the library as a result. I made friends with the absolute best people and enjoyed the event immensely. The only downside was when I asked my question, what books have you read recently and loved, Curtis provided me with three books I had already read and thus, no real recommendations.
This event will have me in an epic state of bliss for days and all I can say is, St. Louis, I’ll be seeing you, in every lovely summer’s day, in everything that’s light and gay… You have won my heart ❤