Saturday, March 12, 2011

reading on America's steps

Lately New York City has been on my mind. I haven't been there since September 2009 but I'm vying desperately to go again. I think circumstances as of lately have encouraged my mind to drift to different opportunities and pillage whatever dreams are found there. When I think of NYC now, I think of art galleries, extraordinary fashion and unrivaled culture. I have always loved the city (who doesn't?) but lately, I've been thinking about it strictly in the mindset of must go again soon, must go again soon...
{Me and the NYC Library, Sept. 2009}

Coupled with that, books have been on my mind quite a bit lately. I realize how much I've enjoyed their re-entrance into my life. I have always loved to read but it's that PUSH to start a book instead of be online, talk on the phone (who are we kidding? I'm a texter, ask my friends) or watch TV. Thankfully, my extraordinary friend Miranda orchestrated a book club which has been successfully running for 1.5 years now. It is the reason that I've read so many books in the last couple of years and I'm so grateful for her for starting our club.

What a gift it would be to be back inside the NYC Public Library, dressed to the nines, picking out my next book club book. I would probably dally between fiction and biography, travel and geography... all to find the most exquisite, perfect, soul-shaking book for our monthly club. Afterward, I could see me crossing the street and entering the H&M (whose doors look vaguely onto the Library) picking out the perfect summer hat and then tarrying down the street to envelop myself in my chosen published words.

{Miss Carrie Bradshaw and the NYC Public Library}

Every day I'm reminded that I need to move, I need new experiences, I need a new city. I wonder when that will happen. For now, I have the landscapes afforded to me in books and for now, that will have to be enough.

What is your favorite book or what are you currently reading?
PS: to My Mom and Shanin, both of whom will forever remind me of books, this post is a big hug to you...I know you are both needing one right now.
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15 comments:

Sher said...

Oh, New York, someday I'll be there!

I wish I had more time to read too, I bought Her fearful symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger a month ago and I'm hoping I will finally be able to read it on the plane this friday:)

xx

Megan said...

im loving the new layout (at least i think u moved things around, but it is only 9am in the morning here LOL).

i love NYC and would love to make a trip out there soon. my sisters are there SOOO often (the live beside it), but i never get to go. so i am totally feeling you on this!

i am not reading anything right now except dang norwegian books. my boyfriend is bringing me an actual book written in norwegian to read when we meet up in a week and a half. im thinking it may take me 2 years to finish. LOL!

hope u have a great saturday girl!

Tangles said...

I can't wait to go to NYC (never been)! I have been hinting to Hubs that we should go there for our 10 year(!) anniversary next year. Visiting the library would be amazing-not to mention a SATC bus touer.

I'm not reading anything right now, but I am thinking about getting a Kindle for my birthday. I could just "zap" the books right to it! Have a great weekend!

the chirpy bird said...

Hello!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! Just thought I'd pop over to say hi :)
I'm reading about 4 different cook books at the moment! The inspiration is endless! I understand what you mean about wanting to be inspired by where you live. Even though I live in LA which has some many pockets of wonderfulness, I need to get out ever now and then and experience something else. I think I might be a bit of a gypsy at heart :)
xx t

Erika said...

I honestly don't have a favorite book, as I like so many different genres. Right now I'm re-reading "The Virgin Suicides." It is absolutely amazing - highly recommended!! :)

this is me. said...

a woman after my own heart ... "Every day I'm reminded that I need to move, I need new experiences, I need a new city. I wonder when that will happen." you will make waves, in whatever that is that you do.

Claire Kiefer said...

Awww, I totally feel you on this post! I love and miss reading during the school year--I never get to read as many novels as I want to until summer. Right now I'm reading Water for Elephants, though, and so far I love it.

I'm going to New York in two weeks! So excited to see old friends and visit that magical city. I hope you end up there (or elsewhere) soon!

Fashion Victim said...

your blog is so inspiring
i love all of your pics
thanks for leaving me a comment
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Leia said...

Can you believe I've never been to NYC?! I love reading, but haven't had time for the past few years because university got in the way. I did so much reading for my classes (like 9 hours of reading a day!) that I REALLY didn't feel like reading for pleasure. But I'm slowly getting back into it and I have a long list of books to read! I'd love to join a book club one day.

Leia

doniree said...

Ah, I love NYC! As for books, I'm currently reading... Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food," Jenny Blake's "Life After College," and for a trip home to MN next week, I've got Kelly Cutrone's memoir and Elizabeth Gilbert's "Committed." My goal is to read all of these by the end of April... but we'll see :)

Melissa said...

I am trying to start a book club right now actually. I just think it would be so much fun. Do you have any tips on what makes yours successful? How often do you guys meet and what do you do at your meetings???
I just finished the latest in the Sophie Kinsella "Shopaholic" series, Mini-Shopaholic". Its an amazing series that I love. Quick fun reads are the best!! Especially when you need an escape from life. The other one I recently finished is "Last Night at Chateau Marmont" by Lauren Weisberger. She is the one that wrote "The Devil Wears Prada" and her books are also super fun and girly.
I totally understand the finding time to make yourself read. I love books and I adore reading but it is something that I definitely forget how much I love until I start a new book. I am really trying to be diligent about having a book that I am reading at all times.
Anyways I will quite rambling now about books. Have a great week!!!! xoxoxox

Rick said...

I love this amazing blog which I found via Cafe Fashionista. Thanks for the reminder about not taking for granted all that NYC has to offer. Sometimes it is easy to. Hope you get your wish to visit again soon.

Krista said...

My BFF (who is a HUGE reader and inspires me to read) just sent me "One Day" by David Nicholls. She loved it, so I know I will too. I don't read nearly enough. I need easy reads (ie: magazines) due to the fact that I'm constantly interrupted! I love to sit on my back deck, in the warm summer air, lounging on my chaise, possibly with a glass of wine! (shh! don't tell!) reading a good book! I can't wait for summer!! You know how I feel about you moving to a big city - DO IT!! I loved my time I had when I lived in NYC. I'm SO glad I did everything when I lived there because now I don't feel like I've missed out on anything. I love my visits to NYC, remembering the places I went, the things I saw and the experiences I had and always CAN'T wait to go back!!

Kinsey Michaels said...

i'm totally in the same boat about needing new experiences. i crave it daily. ironically when i was younger, i was such a hermit and stuck to what was familiar and comfortable. now it's the complete opposite.
you should plan a trip to NYC for this summer or fall! and while you're at it, come to Boston!!! it's only a 1 hour flight from NY! or a 4 hour bus ride :)

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