Happy May Day! It’s a “triple threat” holiday here in our little Barcelona piso. (Honestly, that’s not a swear word… it means apartment here in Spain). Citizens of former British colonies around the world (especially those that split amicably) think of this as May Day. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the British bank holiday of my childhood is one and the same as the Spanish Labor Day which we, ironically are celebrating today by NOT working. And the fresh-faced girls in white dresses dancing around the Maypole? Dating back to pagan times, the first of May has been a traditional day for “Welcome Spring” and other (see: fertility) festivities in Britain. Really, who doesn’t want an excuse to go dancing?
Finally, today marks 13 years since the day DP and I first met. (Happy anniversary)!
It’s been sort of quiet for such a BIG day. I’ve spent some of it reading… yummy blogs, and my most recent book purchase, Jennifer Weiner’s Certain Girls which DP found for me in the Dublin airport. Yup, in Dublin. Recently, I have taken to buying books for myself while travelling. No silk scarves or silver jewelry for souvenirs … just books. Here’s a photo of the little collection of books that I have purchased while traveling over the last three months.
My little pile of books got me thinking about reading and how I am this particular person partly because of my long-standing love affair with books. As I have started a new job this year (ah, the life of an international educator) I have read less than in any other year of my reading life; honestly, I read more as a six year-old. This feels less than terrific. So this pile of books is partway to a remedy.
The other part? A challenge for my hearty little band of blog-friends. Thanks to Sarah over at the Pink of Perfection for the inspiration. You can check out her most recent monthly project here.
The Reading List Project
Let’s create a list (oh, I DO love a good list) of great books for each other. We’ll shoot for 100 books by THE END OF MAY! The recommendations can be books you are reading… or have just finished… or are about to dive into. They can be recommendations from other reader-ly friends. We will not discriminate against non-fiction in our creation of the May Day Reading List.
I’ll start us off with recommendations from my pile… and I’ll tell you where in the world I bought them:
1) The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke (Barcelona airport)
2) Unless: A Novel by Carol Shields (Used book store in Budapest)
3) Moral Disorder and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood (Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport)
4) The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Anne Frank House, Amsterdam)
5) Cinnamon City: Falling for the magical city of Marrakech by Miranda Innes (Outdoor used book market, Temple Bar area of Dublin)
6) How the Irish Saved Civilization; The Untold Story of Ireland’s Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill (Dublin Airport)
7) Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner (Dublin Airport)
Now it’s your turn!
Add your recommendations (book title and author) in the comments section below along with anything else you would like to share about your book(s). Thanks for sharing!