Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Your Turn: Books on the Go!

via Goodreads
It is a good thing I bought Embassy, by S. Alex Martin—it has become an adventure book.

What do I mean by that?

As of the day you’re reading this, I’ve owned this book for twelve days. Now, I originally bought the book because it was the next book at the top of my to-read list, and I needed another ten bucks or so to get free shipping on Amazon—I don’t feel about guilty saying that, because I find it incredibly hard to get excited about books I’ve never read.

In fact, I walked into all my favorite books dead positive I would hate them, but that’s a story for another day.

I bought an mp3 player, and I was excited, because flashy new toy, and I thought I knew what I was getting. Surprise! I didn’t. It was yuck. It ruined my Wednesday, too. On Wednesdays, I listen to Les Misérables for an hour and a half. (Don’t worry, I got to do it today!) For the life of me I could not find my Les Mis album, and I must tell you—a Wednesday without Philip Quast is a sad Wednesday indeed.

And so, rather than deal with the blatant lack of good music, what did I do?

I read Embassy.

I will not return Embassy.

It’s become an adventure book. Exciting things seem to happen when Embassy’s around. It is a book one can use to avoid awkward silences during AP Biology. There have been stressful moments—Embassy is a non-judgmental companion who will not chastise you if you are awake at midnight, looking for sweet escape. This was the book I was holding when my sister’s shelf dropped on my calves. They are still bruised. And this was the relief I sought after taking the ACT again.

Believe me, if you want to ruin your day really quick, take the ACT. And have your calculator break at the beginning of the math section.

Also, if you buy the physical book, be warned: the spine is a little hard to bend. So I haven’t. One night I was reading and I was into it for a good thirty minutes or so before I realized I had school tomorrow, and I lifted up and there was a line of blue on my leg where the spine edge dug into it—so be really careful while you’re reading because I kind of panicked while trying to make my skin all the same color again and immediately thought thoughts of terror and amputation.

The cover also scrapes sweat out of your fingerprints.

So, believe me, me and Embassy go way back. And I feel sure that you have had a book that seemed to be there for a few exciting events in your life. Maybe you were reading it when your house was attacked by aliens. Maybe it sang you to sleep when a loved one died. Or maybe you took it with you on international travels and saw the world with its pages at your side.

I can’t be the only one.

What are some of your most memorable ‘adventure books’? And, what adventures did you share with them? Tell me your stories in the comments below!

[Side Note: I wrote a review of Embassy here, so I will not be giving this book a Thursentary, probably. But, if you’re curious about what I thought there I am, in all of my colloquial glory.]

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