Wednesday, November 2, 2011

On Harry, Stupor-Inducing Used Book Sales and My Deluded Brain

I've been MIA, but I think I have a decent excuse.  House renovations and tome reading.

Once the final Harry Potter movie was released in July, I suddenly became interested in the books, and began a mad reading frenzy to read them all before The Deathly Hallows part deux left theaters.  In August I started year five-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix-and it was like trying to race through mud.  It was one tough read.  At 870 pages, I'd classify it as a tome. I found it to be very dry, boring.

The thought of picking up year six depressed me.  I wanted to break up with Harry.


Now that I've had a few weeks to process the huge data dump of Phoenix, I can say Harry and I are still a thing even though I have a girl-crush on Hermione Granger.  She's total badassery.  Truly, if it wasn't for Hermione, Harry would've flunked out of Hogwarts in his first year.  Hermione's got brains and skill, and all Harry wants to do is play quidditch .  I made the mistake of expressing my opinion recently at a party, and I was immediately beat down with the argument that Hermione is book smart, whereas Harry is street smart, and who would I really want on my side while up against He Who Should Not Be Named?  Gandalf.  I'm no dummy.

Having said all that, Part Deux isn't playing in theaters anymore, but will be out on DVD November 11th.  Since I've missed the big screen experience Harry and I agreed to spend a little time apart.  

On a different note, in early October I read an article on Book Riot, Beyond Sparkly Vampires: YA for Lit Snobs and a tiny seed was planted in my subconscious.  I loved John Green's Looking for Alaska (yes, please read it) so Paper Towns blossomed in my brain unbeknownst to me (my brain often does this).  

Well, on October 29th, I went to the largest used book sale I've ever seen.  90,000 books.  One warehouse.  I had cash.  I had my phone for pictures, but something happened that I never imagined possible.  

I froze.

Book sensory overload.  I forgot my favorite authors.  I forgot to take pictures.  I walked around as if in a drugged stupor.  I ended up in Reference.  Reference?  Then classics.  Everyone needs the complete works of William Shakespeare, right?  Right? (asked nervously in a high-pitched voice)  I'm sure my deluded brain was trying to convince me I could read every play and sonnet before Anonymous is out of theaters. Next, interior decorating.  What?  And cookbooks, and I don't even cook!  I was seriously fumbling.  I wanted fiction! Escapism!

I never quite fully reclaimed my senses, but my instincts were good.  Sorting through my loot, I realized I found great cookbooks for a dear friend, decorating books since we're renovating our house, and some beloved books in hardback: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons.  But the find that I'm most excited about?  Paper Towns by John Green!  SCORE!  Plus, I got tons of books to use for collage art.  (In a psychology course,  a class assignment was to depict ourselves with collage art/mixed media and I was the only student that used mostly all words, few pictures.  The professor commented, "interesting..."  I never asked her what she meant, but I've always known I'm a word oriented person.  I love nice evocative words. And  I'm a typography nerd.)

So today I'm playing along with Should Be Reading,  Tuesday's meme because it's my blog and I want to:

Randomly open the book your reading and share a few teaser sentences.  Okay.  Here I go...

And now Ben says, "Bro, can we go now?  Because the last time I was this scared...screw it.  I'm freaked out.  There's nothing funny about his shit."

There's nothing funny about this shit is the closest Ben can come to the terror I feel, maybe.  And it is close enough for me."

Paper Towns by John Green

How've you been?  What are you reading?  With prices ranging from free to $1.50, how would you have handled a 90K used book sale?  There's another in December.  I'm making a list.

Oh, and I'm in Nanowrimo again this year.  My poor deluded brain.


Happy reading!  Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. I remember I was speed reading through HP books before Prisoner of Azkaban hit the theaters. Lots of late nights and coming to work in a bleary-eyed state. haha. Then my friend and I would use up our monthly SMS credits because we were in a HP Read-athon. I missed those nights. lolz. Woah, a warehouse of books! That is somebody's heaven (okay mine too I guess) and I think I'd froze too before checking the Sci-fi shelves first then try to remember what else I read at home. lolz. I don't think I can explore the warehouse in just one day. Multiple trips would be required and leaving my credit cards at home is a must until I get an sensible what to buy book list. lolz. Enjoy your great finds! I also wonder what your Psych prof saw in your project. If you prof eventually shared those thoughts to you I hope it gave more light in understanding the real you. Happy reading :D


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