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I'm not buying books these days so very much enjoyed your shopping account. Your poetry anthology looks great-- with a wide selection of time periods and authors world-wide. I love poetry and try to read some every day. Anthologies are a great way to explore and experience poetry and I recognize many of my favorites on the table of contents list so looks like you have some good reading ahead. My advice for someone new to poetry would be to read the poem aloud, read it at least twice and read at whim--read what you like. Thanks for the reminder about Poetry in Your Pocket day -- now, what to pick...


I loved Trigiani's "The Shoemaker's Wife". I'm sure I would equally enjoy "The Supreme Macaroni Company". The only problem I had with the one I read was craving for homemade gnocchi. :)
Your finds all look quite appealing, Danielle.
Have you tried any of Billy Collins' poetry? He was our poet laureate and I always find him to be a great contemporary read.


I could not agree with you more, Readerland, and often suggest to anyone put off by poetry to try reading it out loud and remind them that many songs are poetry put to music.

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That's a nice haul...hope you had a little help getting back to the car. I haven't found a whole lot in my last several trips but I blame that more on me than on the bookstores I've visited. I have to be in the right mood, it seems, or nothing looks striking enough to come home with me. I'm reading His Bloody Project right now, a Scottish novel that was longlisted for the Booker last time around. It's an interesting take on a murder novel, but it's so character-driven that it's easy to see why the Booker judges loved it as much as they did.


Apparently I am making up in purchases what you are not buying (and maybe a few other people's possible purchases, too!). At least I have a bit left on a gift card so I won't have to feel too guilty. Still, places must be found for them when I am already without empty shelf space. I totally admire poetry readers and I am going to try and cultivate a habit for reading one a day. I am good at the at whim part of it all, but I think I might feel a little weird reading aloud by myself, but I have heard that it is good actually to read aloud! I am going to try it--thanks!


I hadn't thought of poetry put to music-it is probably everywhere really and I just don't notice it!


I read that one, too, and greatly enjoyed it. It was on the memory of it that I picked up this one. She does create a longing for Italian cuisine in her books, doesn't she?! ;) I have had others recommend Billy Collins and I am sure I have looked at his books on our library shelves--will go have another look and pull one of the books. Do you have a favorite?


I have a very sturdy tote bag that I always carry with me (and when going to the bookstore . . . an empty one--since I know it is rare leaving a bookstore without something in hand)! I used to come away from bookstores with massive piles of books but now I find I am much more selective. I will pick up books and think 'now THIS is what I would buy . . . if I didn't already own it, or have read a library copy). Now I pick up books read a bit and put them back--far more than what ends up in my hands. This was an especially abundant pile as I don't usually come away with more than a couple of books and a couple of magazines. I agree with you that mood does play a role in what appeals on a bookstore visit. If I come from work and have been looking at books all day anyway, sometimes it just feels too overwhelming and the thrill of shelves upon shelves of books just isn't there!! I was really curious about His Bloody Project--I remember looking at it when it was longlisted (and I think it was on a few other prize lists as well--maybe at least one crime awards list), but I wasn't sure if I would find myself really getting into it or not, but it sounds like I would now that I read your comment!


I think my favorite is "Aimless Love". It was a young man, a college freshman, who first suggested Billy Collins to me. We often talked poetry at a local coffee shop called the Chocolate Moon. :)


A nice little splurge! What to find treasures while also enjoying and free coffee!


I have literally just finished The Light of Paris and loved it. It really fitted my mood and she is a lovely un-fussy writer - I loved her first book The Weird Sisters too and recall giving it to quite a few people because I had been so impressed!
I have read and enjoyed a lot of Adriana Trigiani's books too and I am sure that the book you have is on a shelf somewhere as is Baker Towers which I just HAD to have although it has been sitting there, untouched, for a fair few years since!
No one buys me books or gift cards for them any more - I think the general view is that I have too many already and now that I am looking around the house with a view to downsizing in the next year or so, I am beginning to fear they might be right!


Isn't that a great story--you will always remember and associate Billy Collins with that young man dn that coffee shop! I will see if my library has that collection! Thanks!


I came from the free coffee and left with a pile of books. How typical. But then that is what they wanted me to do, right?! ;)


Oh yay--good choice. I need something easy and unfussy and entertaining as work is totally stressing me out! I have not read her other book and will check it out as well. I have read only a few of Adriana Trigiani's books, but I love the Italian settings and know you do as well. I liked Baker Towers and feel like rereading it right now, but I will try and make myself wait (so I can *finish* something else first). No one buys me books, but almost everyone in my family buys me gift cards which I love as I can drag them out over the course of the year (or at least through summer!). Have you read Beatriz Williams by the way? I am reading The Secret Life of Violet Grant now and thoroughly enjoying it--another unfussy entertaining read!

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