Even though I’ve an avid reader now, I only started steadily reading in my mid-20s. I wasn’t one of those kids who read constantly – that was my sister’s job. I could barely read an assignment for school, and in fact, most of the time, I didn’t read for my assignments….or do the work….or pay attention.
Things changed in my early 20s. I was living in Italy and books in English were scarce. The only place I could find a variety of books in my language was at the main train terminal in Rome. Each time I went to Rome, I would stop in the train station and pick up 3-6 books. I started reading out of scarcity, but grew to love the practice. In college, I ended up majoring in English. Now, reading is a constant for me. I read before I go to bed; I read on my commute. I also bring a book with me when I fear boredom is coming my way.
Give us a mini tour of your bookshelf, what's it like?
My bookshelves are straight out of Ikea. They are the darkest color Ikea sells, because I want all of the furniture in my living room to be black. (I’m not good at the whole decorating thing.) I organize alphabetically by author’s last name, but I do break up the shelves by “read” and “unread” sections. These sections are separated by a silver bookend.
What's your favorite book on your shelf?
My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book completely changed my life. It changed the way I look at perseverance and accomplishing goals.
I have to admit something pretty controversial. *Prepare yourself.* I hate Mr. Darcy. I think he’s a terrible hero. Therefore, my favorite book to discuss is Pride and Prejudice. Debating this piece is one of my favorite things to do. I also have three copies of the book, just in case I need to loan one out.
What's your oldest book on the shelf?
I can’t remember the first book I ever bought, but I think it might be The Da Vinci Code or Memoirs of a Geisha. Technically, though, the oldest book on the shelf is The Iliad, which lives in the “unread” section.
How do you decorate your shelf?
Decorate? Hmm…I don’t really decorate the shelf. I just don’t have the eye to find knickknacks to strategically place in the right spot. I just stick all the books up there.
What other books and items live there?
Inside my books, I keep mementos of what I want doing when I was reading that book. For example, I keep ticket stubs from plays or brochures from museums inside the book I was reading so I know what was happening in my life when I read that book.
Anything else you'd like to share?
By the beginning of 2016, I plan to move out of the country as a minimalist. That means that I’ll sell everything I own and move into a backpack. When I think about selling everything in my apartment, I get very sentimental about getting rid of my books. My sister said would store all of my valuables, including my books, because I just can’t imagine getting rid of a single one.
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