Books as decor? (May 2022 read)

I meant to post this on Friday, but I’ve been nursing a cold for the past few days. It’s not COVID.

I came across this hilarious Buzzfeed article where actress Ashley Tisdale admits she made her husband buy 400 books to fill this gorgeous bookshelf for an Architectural Digest photoshoot. I think what they did was harmless. They bought from a bookstore supporting the shop, the publishers, and the authors. I think it’s all good. It wasn’t like they bought fake books made of woodblocks or plastic. It wasnt like they claimed they read all these books. Here is a glimpse of the books on their shelf, and I have to say, it’s incredibly random. Do I see them read any of these books in their leisurely time? Uh….I really don’t know. I just assumed her husband bought the first 400 unique books he could find.

I would love to have their shelf in my house. I have a small shelf from Target and I have more books than what it holds. If you come to my house, you’ll find books in many places like my desk, storage bench, credenza, and the buffet. That is why I have to get books from the library. Also, I’ve been circulating my books at neighborhood Little Free Libraries to help declutter my space.

May reads

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton (Audiobook) – This is my second time reading this book but this time I wanted to try it in the audiobook. I have to say, the audiobook version is a better experience. I like how they had different voices for the various characters because when I read on the e-reader, there were too many minor characters and too many perspectives. The audiobook brought the characters to life. Opal was just so punk rock.

“How did I not just let life run me over? I’m sorry, I don’t usually use this word, but it’s because f**k that. I believe in myself above all.”

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. This was a book that left me saying “what? what? WHAT? THAT HAPPENED?” as the story progressed. I just could not wrap my head that all these murders happened. I had to look it up on Google to make sure I was comprehending what I just read. You see I’m trying to keep it spoiler-free.

“History is a merciless judge. It lays bare our tragic blunders and foolish missteps and exposes our most intimate secrets, wielding the power of hindsight like an arrogant detective who seems to know the end of the mystery from the outset.”

Dance Dance Revolution by Cathy Park Hong. I enjoyed her memoir, Minor Feelings. I thought I would this time read her poetry. The book is short, but I found it to be a very challenging read but not in a bad way. It is set up as a story through a sequence of poems between a Korean dissident (known as “Guide”) and the narrator/tourist (known as the “Historian”). The Guide lives in a fictional city called the Desert where there are people from all over the world. The Guide speaks in a conlang (constructed language) that results in the amalgamation of 300 languages that migrated to this Desert. In contrast, the Historian speaks in standard English. I would recommend this book to the linguist geek in your life.

You can’t chisel, con, plead, / seduce, beg for your life, you can’t do anything, because you / know not their language. So learn them all

From top to bottom:
Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt by Marlena Spieler
Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between by Heidi Gibson, Nate Pollak, Antonis Achilleos (Photographer)
The Great Grilled Cheese Book: Grown-Up Recipes for a Childhood Classic by Eric Greenspan

…and then there were grilled cheese recipe books. I was on a grilled cheese kick this month. At the time i was wondering, “how complex could grilled cheese be?” And some where quite complex and extravangant like the Grilled Cheese Cake (from Grilled Cheese Kitchen) or it required making a whole entree like fried chicken. I think the least complicated of the three was Spieler’s where I could make a sandwich from her book on any given day.

Tags: #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge by DebSueDonna, and Jo.

9 thoughts on “Books as decor? (May 2022 read)”

  1. What a random way to fill bookshelves!! Thanks for joining us for WOYBS this month, it’s so interesting seeing what you and everyone else has been reading. Love those grilled cheese books 🙂

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