It’s Grace here, soaking in the two or so weeks I have at home before heading back to school. I’ve been writing like a fiend hoping to get ready for the fall. Although I know I should enjoy the Floridian sunshine so far, I’ve really only ventured out to run. I love being home and getting a lot of alone time right now, so I’m going to use it to my advantage to get a lot of the action items done that I want so that I can spend some quality time with people up at school.
I haven’t bought too many books, mostly because I have very little money at the moment, but I’m still tearing through my ARCs from the summer. I did however replace my Kindle, which fills me with an enormous amount of guilt, so I’ve made up for it by purchasing from independent retailers.
I visited Avid Bookshop in Athens while I was visiting in early August and loved it. They do the notecard thing where they have hand-scrawled recommendations under certain shelves, decorated and curated by members of the staff. Immediately, they’re ready to talk books with you, to ask you what you’ve been reading lately and what you’re looking for. (I could have stayed and talked to them for ages, but I was with someone, so I opted against it.) Still, I’ve mutually followed Will Walton, an author I met briefly a few years ago, who works there so I felt like I should buy his book. Plus, it’s edited by David Levithan and features a coming-of-age story. He didn’t have it in stock because it had sold out (yay Will!) but is shipping me a personalized copy.
Our book taste was insanely similar, so I knew I was in good hands. I ended up restricting myself to only buying one additional book, but I’ll realistically order books online from them in the future when I’m at school — or if I’m lucky enough to be in Athens again.