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I’m fascinated by the Tiny House movement– people ditching the McMansion and instead building itty bitty living spaces on trailer beds. I love the idea of scaling down, needing less, and combating American consumerism (though to be honest I have serious issues with how the most publicized, “attractive,” and therefore expensive versions of these homes get put in magazines while the ones most poor people live in–we call them trailer homes–are looked down on). Living in a tiny home, or any tiny space (helllooooo city-dwellers in studio apartments) often means giving up your physical books, but it doesn’t have to. Check out these inspirational uses of small spaces for personal libraries.
from Book Storage in Tiny Houses by Amanda Nelson
Sometimes a reading a particular book can be so amazing, so life-changing, or so personal, that when other people read it, you feel envious that you can’t experience it for the first time all over again. They’re not always the best books you’ve ever read, just books that made a difference in your life when you read them.
Here’s a list of books Rioters wish they could read again for the first time. Tell us yours in the comments!
from And I’d Do It Again: Books We Wish We Could Read Again For The First Time by Liberty Hardy
You know how books are put into certain genres; thriller, fantasy, horror and so forth. It’s meant to help us navigate the world of books and find something that we’re likely to enjoy. But then there are books hanging out in their genres, just pointing at the others going “I ain’t with them.”
from 5 Books That Push Their Genre’s Boundaries by Johann Thorsson
A year later it’s tempting to want to revisit Kinsale’s novel, but I have resolved not to, at least not now, and perhaps never. The thematic material is upsetting, and the novel came to me at a time when I needed it the most. I love it not only for the story, but also because it offered me refuge and hope in a time I needed it the most. During a period of uncertainty and doubt it confirmed the power of literature to impact your emotions and move you to the point of tears and the heights of joy. It solidified my belief that literature can change your life, and it confirmed my desire to make books and the fiction of feeling my career. Novels like this–the ones that jolt your jaded heart and take your breath away–these are reasons to live.
from The Book I’ll Never Reread: Laura Kinsale’s Flowers From The Storm by guest Rioter Sarah Davis
I cannot imagine dating someone who doesn’t understand the beauty in writing and the connection one feels when reading from artists who might share the sentiments that he or she had yet to fully elucidate. I’m a writer, for God’s sake. I want to be able to read poetry aloud to my partner while he rests on my lap, walk down the aisles of bookstores hand-in-hand, and go to readings while we sip coffee and tea and eat pastries. This would mean so much to me and I shouldn’t have to push that into the farthest corner of my life just so that I can let someone else in.
from The Case For Not Dating A Non-Reader by Morgan Jerkins
Even though it predates my existence by a few years, I’ve always been drawn to punk. (Are you surprised? Maybe, if you saw my country music reading list.) I’m clearly not the only one; punk has become pervasive in our culture but somehow manages to retain its edge in a day and age when you can see mostly-naked-people and zombies on TV. You can still read about Iggy Pop’s early performances and say, “Whoa, that guy washardcore.”
I’ve been reading a lot about punk history in the past few years, since I missed experiencing it live (bummer). Here are some rocking good punk history reads.
from Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s a Punk Rock History Reading List by Susie Rodarme