Well, technically, I dragged my BFF, Trae, to the bookstore, because it’s always a dragging situation with Trae. She thinks I have a book collecting problem. I’ll be the first to tell you I most certainly do not.
Okay, maybe a little bit.
You see, there’s no tax in Montana, where I was spending Christmas, and it just felt like a frugal decision to buy all the books I wanted in Montana as opposed to buying them in LA.
So, I am, before all else, a great conserver of the moneys.
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanaghara
Everyone in Book World seems to have gotten their way through this magnificently long book by now, and I need to hop on the band wagon before it’s too late. Unfortunately, I’m struggling through The Night Circus at present.
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
Can you believe I only got one book? It was Trae’s influence. Too bad she lives a million miles away and is a nurse in training with zero time for me at all. Gah.