My birthday was in April, and one of the highlights of any birthday is spending the gift cards you are given. Going back to my childhood, gift cards meant one thing: buying more books. And as an adult – nothing has changed.
Orlando (Annotated): A Biography by Virginia Woolf(annotated edition) – I have never read the book, but I fell in love with the movie as a child/tween. It’s been on the back burner for years to sit down and actually read the book, and 35 was the magic birthday.
The Mode in Costume: A Historical Survey in 202 Plates by R. Turner Wilcox – This book features heavily in my childhood memories surrounding visits to our local public library. I checked it out more times than I can count, simply to stare at (and sketch) the pictures. I never actually read the words. It is one of those books I’ve been meaning to buy for years, but never have. It now lives on one a shelf in my living room, waiting for one of my kids to discover it.
Motherfucking Sharks by Brian Allen Carr – My sister recommended this book to me during a chat about Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. It looked awesome (and was awesome), and as my library system does not have it and probably won’t ever purchase it, I bought it instead.
Three coloring books: Creative Coloring Mandalas, Detailed Designs and Beautiful Patterns, and Entangled. Four years ago, my best friend introduced me to the awesomeness that is coloring as an adult. Bean and I visited her in Germany, and she promptly gave Bean several Zauberhafte Mandala coloring books to keep her occupied during down time. After our daughters were asleep at night, we would sneak the coloring books out of their room and spend hours coloring and chatting. I highly recommend it.