Online or offline, where did you spend most of your mad money this year?
They didn’t all come from the same place, but without a doubt, I’ve spent embarrassing amounts of money on books in the last year, and pretty much every year for as long as I can remember. The thing is, buying books just don’t feel like it counts, you know? They’re not for vanity, they’re not for physical comfort, they last forever, and they enrich your mind, grow your spirit, bring you to another world… or so I tell myself every time I load up my arms with a stack at Brookline Booksmith or hit the “Buy Now With 1-Click” button to “start reading on your Kindle in under a minute!”
Recent purchases have included…
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (How had I never read this? No idea, but it’s amazing!)
- Trauma Stewardship by Connie Burk
- Reading Jesus: A Writer’s Encounter with the Gospels by Mary Gordon
- When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge by Elizabeth Becker
- Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- This I Believe (from NPR’s on-air series)
- Feminist Theologies: Legacies and Prospects by Rosemary Radford Ruether
- Longing for Running Water by Ivone Gebara
- Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles
- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
I’m about to finish The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Any suggestions for my next Kindle purchase?