It's official: I've started packing for our move in June! I'm so excited to move to our new city and so proud of Mr. Darling! Of course, there are some things I'm really going to miss: my family, my friends, and the most amazing used bookstore I've ever set foot into! Instead of being devastated about the toll that moving away from this bookstore could take on my reading addiction (books are my cocaine), I decided to stock up on amazing books while I still live near a great discount bookstore (otherwise, I'd be spending thousands of dollars to feed my habit).
I know that library cards are free and that I could just borrow books, but there are two problems with that. For one thing, if I love a book, I must own it. Also, I'm horribly disorganized, and when I used to borrow books from my college library, I always owed fines, because they were ALWAYS late. There will be other bookstores, of course, but at my current store, I typically don't spend more than $2 a book. I've purchased classics from this store for less than a quarter apiece.
My current system is that I have a big bookshelf in Mr. Darling's office that contains all the books I've read but can't bear to part with, and a smaller bookshelf by our bed that contains all the books I've purchased but haven't yet read (there are at least 30 books there right now). I go to the bookstore a few times a month, buy all the books I can carry, and then put them on my unread shelf. Before I've read even half of them, I go back and buy more. It's a sickness. So my plan is that, before we move, I will have grown my "unread" library until it's large enough that it can sustain me between visits home to go book shopping (and, of course, visit my parents).
That's where you come in: I need book suggestions! As a writing major, I read most of the "classics" in college (or I own them and plan to read them eventually.) I've read a lot of the books on all of the "Top 100 Novels of All Time" lists, and I'm slowly working my way through the rest of them. So instead, tell me about a book that you LOVE, but that never got enough publicity to be famous. What book couldn't you put down that a lot of people might never have heard of?
For example, I am forever recommending the book Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig to everyone I know. It's the completely hilarious true story of the author as she was growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Seriously, you must read it. I've read it at least ten times, and I love it every single time. So what are your favorite books? Let me know so that I can stock up for my move!