Thanks to vacation I finally feel as if I have my reading life back in order. I found two fantastic book shops while I was away. I've already mentioned Osondu Booksellers. The other was an unnamed "Book Store." We happened to see the sign between Maggie Valley and Waynesville and went to investigate. The sign advertised 200,00 books in stock, and I can't imagine there was any less than that. The small building that housed the book store was stuffed to the proverbial gills. Each aisle was stacked from floor to ceiling, the books were two rows deep, and the aisles were so close together I could only shuffle sideways through the stacks. It was really quite overwhelming, but of course I managed to pick up two used books: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, and The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards.
In other news, I finished one of my vacation/review books this morning. Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection (Erin E. Williams and Margo DeMello) was beyond awesome. It is some of the best non-fiction I've read in a while. As you might imagine, given my gooey attitude toward animals, it was not an easy read. However, it was incredibly informative, striking, and I daresay it will heavily impact some of the changes I make in regards to eating meat. More to come in the form of a review at The Environmental Blog, and I'm sure I'll discuss it more at Unlikely Activist.
Now I'm heavily into Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and I hope I can finish it in the next couple of days. If I get some uninterrupted reading time I'll be set.
As for upcoming reading, I have some goodies on the horizon. I need to read Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote for the Year of Reading Dangerously. Beyond that, I have an assload (pardon my French, but I've gone way beyond a buttload) of review books to tackle with more falling in the door every day. Whew!
Keep an eye out for upcoming Daisy stories and pics. She's REALLY glad to be home from her boarding adventure at the vet's office, and she's losing teeth left and right!
Note: Check out the Why Animals Matter website for additional information about factory farming, animal testing, and links to animal aid organizations.