Bookish Merchandise

When looking at bookstagram it is not just the books being added to my ever growing TBR list that make me drool. I also see candles, funkos, bookmarks, artwork, pillowcases, book cozies, and all the other wonderful merchandise to be had. It is rather amazing there are so many bookish things available for people who love to read.

I remember when reading made you a nerd rather than a fangirl, when it made you a bit weird rather than part of a world-wide community, when there wasn’t much swag to be had outside of bookmarks and even those rarely depicted book related things –though unicorns and puppies are cute. In fact, growing up, I don’t know of anyone who made such things even just for themselves, because it was just something no one really thought to do. It makes me wonder how this phenomenon started, at what point reading became a major marketing campaign. Does anyone remember or know?

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Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

attachmentsSynopsis: It is 1999 and the internet is still a novelty for the newspaper staff. Beth and Jennifer spend their hours secretly emailing each other about their love lives, family drama, and work gossip. Lincoln, the IT guy, spends his hours monitoring red-flagged emails and reading their every exchange. Over time, Lincoln finds himself falling for one of them before he realizes that he can never tell her all he knows. After a series of close encounters, he finally decides to follow his heart and find out whether there is such a thing as love before first sight.

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That’s My Plan

“It’s too intimidating,” Lincoln said. “The future.”
“So you’re done with the future?”
“I’m tightening my focus. I can handle the near future. Tonight, for example, I’m going to read for pleasure. Tomorrow I’m going to have a beer with lunch. On Saturday I’m going to play D&D. And Sunday, I might go see a movie. That’s my plan.”
“That isn’t a plan,” Eve said.
“It is. It’s my plan. And I feel really good about it.”
“Those aren’t things you plan. You don’t plan to read or to have a beer with lunch. Those are things you do when you have a moment between planned events. Those are incidentals.”
“Not for me, that’s my plan.”
– Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

When I read this, I had to pause a moment. I always felt I had to think about the Big Picture and making plans for it, feeling stressed because I don’t have a strategy or even a direction. People asking about my job, where I’m going to live, if I am in a relationship. Their making me feel like a failure because I don’t have a life-long career, leave my belongings at my parents’ house while I travel rather than having my own home, and never even having been in love instead of being married with children.

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Teaser Tuesday (ARR)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

“It’s not like I fell out of love with you. I’m just not the same person that I was when I fell in love with you.”

“I know people change. I thought we were going to change together. I thought that’s what it meant to be in love.”