I have been busy this year.
Busy with work, and busy with family and trying to find a new sort of normal since my Dad passed in August. It hasn’t been easy. But I feel that in order to grieve properly it is necessary for me to live day by day and get back to the basics.
The basics for me are pretty simple. Surrounding myself with those I love, taking my time to be alone, eating good food, sleeping, making art and reading books.
For those of you who don’t know me, I LOVE BOOKS. I worked in bookstores for 15 years. When my Dad was diagnosed with multiply myeloma in 2003 I quit my job so that i could be with him. When I moved from Toronto to Hamilton we moved 70 boxes of books. I am seriously hoping that I live in this house for the rest of my life as I am sure we now have at least 10 more boxes than we had two years ago.
You see, for me books are magic reminders of others and their lives and stories. They have been solace to me during my life, and they continue to inspire, teach and fulfill my imagination.
In August, after my dad passed, I started working at a local independent bookseller in Hamilton. Epic Books is the perfect little shop where the people who come in love books and literature. Being able to talk to others about books again has truly made me feel lucky that we live in the world that we live in. One where intelligence and learning are available for most, and that books are not forbidden, not censored for the most part.
The books that I have enjoyed lately have been Watch How We Walk by Jennifer Lovegrove, a captivating coming of age tale of a young woman and her struggles with her family, who are devout Jehovah Witnesses. I know Jennifer, but hadn’t read any of her work. So beautiful and tragic, her descriptions are powerful and sharp. I felt like I had stepped back in time to when I was a teenager. I never wanted this book to end.
I am reading This is How you Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I loved his previous book The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and this new collection of short stories does not disappoint. I am not finished and am taking my time to read this book cause it’s just so darn good.
Books to me are like friends, they are trustworthy, and they keep secrets and unfold sweetly. I am happy that I am finally taking the time to read books again. It is the one thing that is hard when you become a mother but so glad that i am finally able to focus and take the time to reconnect with my love of words. . It has always been and will continue to be something that soothes me and my soul.
What are you reading? Any suggestions for me would be so very appreciated.