Well, this week’s Breakfast & Books date turned out to be just books, and it wasn’t really a date because I went by myself. Eric has a nasty cold, so we skipped breakfast and I just made a quick trip to BN to pick up the book I was planning on buying today (and a second one that I was kind of surprised to find). I also ran some errands and got a haircut, so the day wasn’t a total waste. I love the feeling of a fresh haircut, especially when I get two or three inches cut off like I did today.
Anyway, these were my purchases. It was a quick trip, like I said, so I pretty much just walked in, bought these two books and walked out. Not overly exciting. It was weird not spending an hour or so there, but I had things to do and I felt bad leaving Eric at home with the kids (they had a half-day at school) while he was feeling so cruddy.
This is the only book I originally planned on buying. Joyce Carol Oates is one of my favorite authors. When I read that she would be publishing A Widow’s Story, I knew I would be getting it as soon as it came out. This is a memoir about the death of her husband, whom she’d been married to for 47 years. Oates is a very private person–even her journals don’t share many truly personal details–so I find this memoir intriguing. It must have been very difficult for her to put her innermost thoughts and emotions into the public sphere like this, so I will be reading it with the utmost respect. Not that I don’t respect all of her work, but this is a special case.
The second book I purchased is the one that I was kind of surprised to find. I had actually forgotten that True You was being released on Tuesday (2/15), which makes me a horrible fan. Janet is one of my idols, and I have been looking forward to this book coming out for a long time. I just lost track of the date somewhere along the way, and was super excited to find this on the new release table today. This is Janet’s first book, and it tells of her struggles with low self-esteem; her yo-yoing weight (a product of low self-esteem and depression); and finding a way to love herself while dealing with the rumors about her family and the demands of her career as an actress and recording artist. I absolutely love the cover of this book–she is gorgeous and has an amazing smile, don’t you think?
So, with Eric being sick and not able to take me on our normal date, today was kind of a bummer. I don’t like seeing him feeling so awful and I really enjoy the days we get to spend together, having breakfast and shopping. But I’m excited to add these two books to my TBR pile, and I’ll actually be starting Janet’s book as soon as I’m done typing up this post. What books have you purchased recently that you’re looking forward to reading? Don’t be afraid to comment and share.
Until next week, happy reading!