Books are my new jam

Last week I went to a book reading in The Gutter Bookshop, an independent book store in Dublin’s Temple Bar,  and fell in love.

Reading has always been my thing ( I have an MA in Literary studies) but as with a lot of things, I don’t do it as much as I used to, or as much as I would like. Partly time, partly laziness, partly because I now have the attention span of a gnat thanks to my Twitter obsession. When I do read now, it’s usually through the kindle app on my iPhone when I’m sitting on the floor in my daughter’s bedroom waiting for her to fall asleep. One hand on her back (huggy, mama, huggy), one scrolling through the pages. Not exactly quality ‘me time’. But hey, at least I’m reading and since she can take about an hour to fall asleep, I can get through a lot if I really put my mind to it.

But when I walked into the bookshop last Monday evening I was reminded of the beauty of an actual book, and how much I missed them, and browsing through a bookstore discovering new and old favourites. Due to ‘financial constraints’ I haven’t been buying many (any) new releases as they seemed so expensive, especially given I read very quickly and if I like a book I’ll usually be finished it in less than a week. I have a list of ‘want to reads’ on Goodreads, but was waiting for them to come down to around £3.99 on Kindle ,cheapskate that I am. And I saw some of those books in the Gutter Bookshop on Monday night, and oh they were lovely. The covers so smooth, so pretty, so evocative. I kept picking them up, and kind of…stroking them (weirdo) and then my eye would be caught by another jewel and I’d pick it up, and stroke it (weirdo). I could have done that for hours. ( I guess eventually I would have been removed from the shop but y’know, feelings.)


For what it’s worth, some of the books I was looking at, which are on my wishlist were:

Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff

What Belongs to You – Garth Greenwell

Among the Ten Thousand Things – Julia Pierpont

This Must Be The Place –  Maggie O’Farrell

And so, thinking about this over the last week or so, I have decided to pledge that once a month I will go in to an actual bookshop and buy an actual book. One with a smooth, pretty, evocative cover that I can stroke, and hold , and keep , and love. And I won’t be reading it on the floor of my daughter’s bedroom.



19 thoughts on “Books are my new jam

  1. Oh gosh I am so with you … we haven’t really got the space for any more books so I am surreptitiously ‘making room’ (getting rid of NW’s old snowboarding 2003 manuals) so I can also fill our shelves – slowly – with pretty ones. Hope you get some great shelf candy soon! #fortheloveofblog


    1. Kindles definitely have their uses , but it will always be nice to have a real book. Last year I read A Little Life on kindle and it turned out to be one of my favourite books – I wish I had bought it for real.

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      1. I definitely will. The worst thing is though I went to a reading she did and could have got a signed copy but didn’t because I didn’t know at the time how much I would love it! So disappointed about that now .

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  2. Oh I’m with you on the love of bookshops and actual books – old romantic that I am! I have a kindle and read heaps on there and on my phone but social media has hugely affected my reading lately! What a lovely pledge – I think I’ll do the same #fortheloveofBLOG


  3. Oh yes, I totally understand this. We make family trips to the library quite regularly, and though I always pick up a couple for myself, it’s not often that I actually find the time to read them.
    Recently I sat down with a book and was surprised to find myself sucked into a different time and place. I have missed that! I really must make reading a priority again. #blogfair


    1. Hard to fit it all in though isn’t it ? Don’t know how I thought I would find time to take up blogging and reading since I don’t even have time to drink a cup of tea most days !


  4. My kindle Is now completely and solely used as a baby white noise machine now. I so much prefer the feel of a real book. I can’t concentrate and lose attention when reading from a screen. Gimme a good old paperback and I’m happy #fortheloveofBLOG


  5. Books are certainly magical and timeless :)!! But they are also another thing… EXPENSIVE! If you pre-order books though you can get them a lot cheaper then when they first come out 🙂 like Replica by Lauren Oliver is $14 plus shipping (or around $14 on Amazon last I looked) so that is nice 🙂 PLUS pre-order bonuses! Libraries are nice too 🙂 hopefully you find more time for reading!


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