March 17, 2017, the official start of spring break and the date of my most recent pilgrimage to my favorite bookstore- Parnassus in Nashville. Yes, the majority of my traveling revolves around bookstores, it’s true! I prepped for weeks: making an inventory of the books I owned but had not read, purging books I no longer cared to read, attempting to read as many recommended books as was physically possible during scholastic bowl season, and gathering a mental list of the books I read recently and loved in an attempt to acquire absolutely perfect recommendations from the booksellers at Parnassus.
I do believe I acquired the perfect, personalized recommendations that I longed for! Shortly after arriving to the store, I asked for Catherine. Catherine Bock, an Illinois native, manages the first edition book club I subscribe to and we have been in contact periodically over the years whenever I had a question about my account or ordered books online. The first edition club has drastically changed me as a reader and I wanted to meet the person who was indirectly responsible for changing my life (aka- evolving me into a book snob). She was so kind and loaded me up with recommendations- some for now and some later; I adored chatting it up with her!
Once back at the hotel, I started straight away on my spring break reading, beginning with The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. I LOVED it!!! Summary: this guy walks into the woods in Maine and stays there for 27 years! He breaks into cabins and a summer camp for food/supplies and passes time by reading. The most frequently stolen items include batteries, junk food, and books- only the necessities, right? Hearing how he survived, outside in Maine, for 27 years was fascinating to me and I finished this book the very next day. Had I been home, this would have been a “read in an afternoon” sort of book but alas, sight seeing happened.
Last weekend was epic and I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to travel (and read). I hope everyone has a wonderful spring break! What are you reading?