Plights of a Bookworm #8: Those Damn Loudmouth Amazon Boxes

Dear Amazon,

I would like to bring to your attention a serious gap in your services. One that wreaks havoc on Bookworms (and their relationships) everywhere.

You like to think that you know me, and I will admit that I have bought many items off your “You might like..” list. But if you really knew me, and really paid attention to my buying habits, you would see that I am a book binger.

I will refrain from buying books for a little while, maybe download an e-book here and there and visit my local library. But then suddenly, the urge will strike and I’ll be 10 books deep and trying to figure out if I can smuggle them onto my shelves before anyone notices. You, as one of my preferred book vendors, should understand this.

Not that J is one of those husbands who gets worked up about my expenditures, but If I can save myself the ‘raised eyebrow + sigh + “Are you expecting something from Amazon?”- routine, everyone is happier.

This is where you come in, Amazon. What your customers want, nay, need, is a discreet shipping service!

Think about it. Instead of that box with that damn smirk on it, telling the whole world, and all the husbands, “Your wife spent enough money to fill this giant box 🙂 ” , you can have a box that looks more like this:

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Or like this:

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Do a girl a solid, Amazon. I can’t be the only one.

…Chapters.ca, you’re next.

Sincerely,

K. Bookworm

“I live in two worlds. One is a world of books”: The Rory Gilmore Book Club

I love love LOVE Gilmore Girls. I miss it every day. I feel like it’s one of those perfect shows- the way that Sci-Fi aficionados feel about Firefly, or toddlers feel about Dora the Explorer. Gilmore Girls had perfect timing, snappy dialogue and the best cast.

*pause for Gilmore Girls mini-marathon*

And as a girl whose purse often contains a book (or two…or 70, housed conveniently inside a Kindle), I feel a special bond with Rory Gilmore, the spirit animal of many a bookworm. For those who have never seen the show (um…go watch it? Now?), Rory is the daughter in the mother-daughter duo affectionately known as the Gilmore Girls. Her love of books is a standing character trait all throughout the show.

An Australian writer (Patrick Lenton) has compiled a list of all the books that are shown during the series or referenced in it’s dialogue. They’re calling it the Rory Gilmore Reading List. 

Now, before finding this, I went looking for a list of books, get some inspiration to create a reading list of my own, maybe write a little blog post about reading lists, set a couple book-related 2015 goals. Pinterest is lousy with links to various compilations: “New Books to read in 2015”, “Books you may have missed from 2014”, “Books to read before they are movies”, “Books all women should read”, “Books everyone should re-read from high school” “Books you should read on slushy afternoons in January while your husband watches football” . But as soon as I saw this, I knew what I needed to do: Take the Rory Gilmore Challenge.

I’ve read 53/339. Pretty sad state of affairs…although only 2 of the Harry Potter books were on that list, and I’ve read all 7 so…there’s that.

Anyway, for the next little while, I’ll be using this this to guide some of my reading, especially because some of these books are classics and/or ones I’ve wanted to read for a long time. I’m starting with “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky If anyone else would like to join me and start a Rory Gilmore Book Club, I would be SO into that! I’ll supply the wine, questions and life-size cutout of Jared Padalecki.

Hello, Sailor!