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𝕐 𝔸 𝔻 𝕀 • Chicago  reading books and talking about them. bookiful.life@gmail.com

I’ve been getting as much reading done as I can this weekend before my vacation trip...yet I’m also already thinking of which books to take with me and if it would fit the scenery of the Pacific Northwest...
I tend to pick my vacation reads based on the atmosphere of the place I’ll be traveling to...that’s totally normal, right? lol
is that something y’all do too??

[thank you to all the tagged publishers for gifting me these books 💖]

“The feeling that she had never really lived in this world caught her by surprise. It was a fact. She had never lived. Even as a child, as far back as she could remember, she had done nothing but endure. She had believed in her own inherent goodness, her humanity, and lived accordingly, never causing anyone harm. Her devotion to doing things the right way had been unflagging, all her successes had depended on it, and she would have gone on like that indefinitely. She didn't understand why, but faced with those decaying buildings and straggling grasses, she was nothing but a child who had never lived.”
— Han Kang, The Vegetarian

I don’t know why I put off reading this one for as long as I did... since this is the sort of book I am most into, the writing I am most fascinated by. Terrifying yet beautiful...
Thanks to all who recommended this one a while back! I get it, now...

Always piles of books everywhere...

Ps I finished Severance by Ling Ma and I highly(!) recommend it.

Even though, Severance is a post-apocalyptic novel, it still reflects so much about life as a millennial, which is incredibly relatable.
This is the perfect book for me right now. Just what I needed.👌
[Thank you @fsgbooks for this review copy!]

I want to skip this week and go on vacation already.
I’m ready to go to another city and do exactly the same stuff I do here... read in coffee shops and buy books. 😆
Maybe I’ll do some nature stuff...prob not..idk

“What would it be like to die here? What do you want to be when you rot? I want flowers seeping out of my jaw, snaking around my bones. I want something to grow out of me.”
— Sennah Yee, “The Desert,” How Do I Look?

Reading new poetry about the love/ hate relationship with media/pop culture...

I’ve been very distracted with the many very positive changes happening in my life.✨
But I did finally start Severance by Ling Ma. Thanks for the copy @fsgbooks! 💖

[thank you to @fsgbooks for gifting me this review copy] Because I couldn’t sleep last night, I managed to finally finished this book. I started this a while back but I felt this needed more than the attention I was giving it at the time as I was reading too many heavy books at the same time.
Despite it being a thin book, it’s a rather complex and magnificent ghost-like story of a woman, who recently lost her husband, traveling to Cuba for a film festival she was supposed to attend with him. While there she is mostly lost in memories of her husband as they lead up to his death.
This book isn’t for everyone. I know a lot of people won’t be open to the writing style of Laura Van den Berg. I will say this book did remind me of the work of Samantha Hunt for its ambiguity and disquieting atmosphere.
Has anyone read this yet? Or her first novel, Find Me? Did ya enjoy it?

I started Belly Up, so far the stories are strange, dark, sad, yet there’s some humor in there. I love reading about the weirdness of humans being humans... Tomb Song has the most intense and full sentences. So well written and put together. I am already thinking about maybe reading it in its original Spanish cause I love it so much, so far. Wonder if the writing is just as torn and strong in Spanish.

Any reads y’all are obsessing over currently??

“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.”
— Patti Smith, Just Kids

I’ve been feeling tremendously inspired to write more due to reading Patti and Olivia.

How do you guys find inspiration to continue your creative endeavors? Do you wait for inspiration or look for it?

“The world is a terrible place for sensitive people but the closer we come to losing our minds, the harder we’ll work to keep them.”
Kate Tempest, Hold Your Own

Life’s been a bit stressful these days, this is why I’ve been venturing back to some of my favorite reads of this year and digging into a lot of poetry.
Last night I went back to my favorite parts of My Private Property and started Hold Your Own, which is just blowing me away. The easy and smooth way I’ve been able to connect to the words of Kate Tempest is comforting while in my current state of stress and even confusion.
Has anyone read any poetry by Kate Tempest? Did you enjoy it?
Hope y’all are doing well! ✨

“In one sense, reading is a great waste of time. In another sense, it is a great extension of time, a way for one person to live a thousand and one lives in a single lifespan, to watch the great impersonal universe at work again and again...”
— Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures

Every morning I wake up at 5am and I read until the morning light comes in. That’s my favorite time of day, when I get to watch the somber light get bright and brighter.
Feeling inspired after reading a bit of Mary Ruefle this morning. That’s a good way to feel at the start of a day.

Do you guys have a morning routine?

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