I always wondered why pregnant women counted their time in weeks instead of months, but it makes sense to me now. My husband and I are both counting the days, treating my body like it is made of a substance rarer than gold and more fragile than glass. Life changes both quickly and slowly, sometimes simultaneously, and one needs to keep track as precisely as possible. Maybe that should be the lesson to me — that keeping track requires a chronicling of the bad as well as the good, whether or not that information is shared. It’s always good to know that you’re not alone. When our companion of the last nine months finally makes his way into the world, we’ll be sure to tell him that.
I actually like waiting to read books, because then the hoopla has hooped down the street and the buzz has stopped buzzing and it’s just you and the page in front of you, and then the page after that. Still, even I am occasionally immune to my own rules, and accidentally read a book immediately after purchasing it.
Three wonderful Tumblr writers have new books on sale today, and what a diverse group they are:
Allie Hagan channels Suri Cruise in this very important instruction manual for fashion and for life. Based on Suri’s Burn Book. The party is 9/25, with the delightful Emma Koenig of Fuck I’m in My 20s.
This should keep you in reading material until at least next Tuesday…
Behold the power of Tumblr, ye literary mortals!
While you’d never know it from following her chipper twitter account, it kind of seems like Emma Straub must really like to cry. First there was her year in what seems like heart wrenching reading, and now she’s gone and compiled a list of some truly tragic tunes for Electric Lit’s blog. I’m thinking in sighs and welling up a little just thinking about a playlist that has Elliot Smith, Morrisey, and The Magnetic Fields belting out melancholia.
The general idea is that customers have started to use the bookstore as a place to handle, but not purchase, merchandise, like a Ferrari dealership, where you don’t actually expect to drive one home off the lot. According to a recent Codex Group survey, 39% of those who purchased a book on Amazon looked at said title in a bricks-and-mortar store first before heading online.
Most of my favorite books of 2011 were full-on sob-fests, stories that had me reaching for the tissue box as often as I turned the page.