I am not really a world traveler by nature, but I am a world….liver? That sounds weird.
I could probably live anywhere and be absolutely satisfied. I’m very adaptable. Once I find my niche, I’m happy.
I always said I’d never live in Texas or Florida, it would be waaaaaaaaay too hot for me. And now look at me, it’s actually kind of wonderful down here. And I moved here in August. Of course I hardly ever go outside right now…
Soon. Soon I will be able to go outside.
I always had this dream though of retiring in a beach or lake house. Not in Florida though, somewhere in Massachusetts, or in the woods or mountains somewhere. I want a big deck overlooking water, a boat to float on. I want a comfy chair to read in, a cup of coffee in the mornings, wine at night. Maybe a dog at my feet. Definitely a big floppy hat on my gray head. Yep. That’s what I want.
But until then, I want to live all over the place. I’m pretty lucky that I can do that.
I never did a bookhaul picture for July because we were so busy, and not buying a ton of books. We did, however, visit a few bookstores while we were traveling. Come on, I can’t help it.
The most notable one was Haslam’s in St. Pete, FL. If you are ever in that area, you must go. It’s largest New & Used bookstore in Florida…I think the oldest too. It’s fantastic. We got stuck there during a rainstorm (flashing lights and everything!) and I was not sad about it.
It was there that I picked up the hardback copy of The Thorn Birds that you see in the stack below. If you’ve been following the blog for long, you know that is one of my absolute favorite books, and my paperback copy is in tattered shreds. I’ve been wanting to buy a hardback copy for awhile, but the thought of replacing it with a NEW book was heartwrenching…it just wouldn’t have the same smell. A used book! Problem solved! My bff and husband were befuddled by my choice completely. She even brought me a new paperback copy…”Look! They have a fresh one!” Nope. I want it to smell like my old one, otherwise it’s just not the same.
I know. It’s ok, Mon. I know I’m insane.
Just roll with it.
And look! I FINALLY got The Great Gatsby! FINALLLLLYYYYYYYYYY. Hannibal Rising rounds out the Quartet, we already had the other three. And Gargoyle I read in college and loved, so when I saw that beautiful hardcover I couldn’t resist.
Nothing new that I haven’t read yet. That’s usually the case when I’m buying hardbacks. I don’t like paying a lot of money for things I am unsure of.
Have you bought anything interesting lately?