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December 18, 2009

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?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kacey permalink
    December 18, 2009 9:33 am

    She’s Come Undone!

    • December 18, 2009 12:16 pm

      Kacey, I love that #1 you’re alive, and #2 you read my blog!

      I read She’s Come Undone this summer and it was amazing. I actually picked it up because I loved this other book that Wally Lamb edited, called “Can’t Keep It To Myself, which is an anthology of stories from women in York Prison in Connecticut. It’s absolutely incredible, and it got me really interested in prison reform movements. Check it out if you can! Much love to you.

  2. Danielle permalink
    December 30, 2009 5:03 pm

    hi meg!
    i know this is an older post that i’m just getting around to commenting on. i really enjoy reading your blog! thank you for the updates and all of your thoughts.

    books totally don’t count! i don’t care what jeremy says, sometimes owning books is just more fun and they provide inspiration and conversation that is priceless.

    i have two suggestions, if you haven’t already read them. one is called “Appetites” by Caroline Knapp. i really enjoyed the combination of personal story and social critique. the other is “In Search of Belief” by Joan Chittister – she breaks down the apostles creed and reexamines it, making it her own through critical thought and personal reflection.
    i am definitely going to check out some of your recent reads as well. happy reading!

    i hope you had an enjoyable christmas and that everything is going well.

    peace,
    danielle (partner to the “red-headed oppressor”)

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