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Hi everyone. It looks like I’m trying to keep my promise… yes, this post is as late as I can be in my own life (friends who regularly meet me will understand the allusion) but there is a post! And not another post-it: a post mentioning an actual book.
Let me also say that it’s weird being back to blogging. I remember posting without thinking about it. I had my words, my pace, I could do this whenever I wanted. And then, I guess I just lost my mojo, sort of.

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So this is another birthday. Despite my recent lack of posts, I’m still around, eager to write on this page, while Julie holds the fort… We’re three years old now. Three years of Book Travellers! That’s something to be proud of. Sure, there is so much more to do: post more, read more, and, as far as I’m concerned, there is a serious need for a redesign (or, in fact, for a design, period: since we have switched to WordPress, nothing much has been done on this front – my bad).
Three years of blogging also means three years of life. What happened to us?

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I’ve wanted to write about this for a little while: all the different ways that lead us to picking one book over another. Earlier this week, as I was writing down the list of the books I haven’t reviewed here yet I just realised I had chosen them for very different reasons. The result was sometimes a great read, sometimes a big disappointment. I always felt there were good and bad ways to chose a book, and my experience these last weeks has certainly proved it once again.

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I have an impure thought to confess. I’ve been considering buying an ebook. A Kobo to be precise, because in spite of what it may look like, I haven’t totally shred my principles to pieces and there’s no way I’m giving money to Amazon or its Kindle. But yes, still. An ebook. I’d just say that since I’ve moved here, I’ve gotten used to doing with less stuff, and yes, less books. Not that I don’t want to buy them or read them, believe me. I do buy them and after over three years shelf space has gone scarce. I’m still very very far from what I used to have in Paris though, and strangely enough I don’t really want to go back to that: a room packed with books, everywhere. I like having little, I want to know that I can do with the essentials only. Hence the ebook.

I don’t really like to dispose of books, sell or give them. But for the first time in my life, I find myself going through the ones I have and regularly get rid of some of them. Part of me still wants to be able to move easily from one place to the next, without having to drag boxes and boxes with me. (I know that’s not really possible any more, but it’s still worth trying to limit clutter.) Somehow, I’ve started categorizing books in two ways: the ones I absolutely want to have, real paper that I can touch, go back to and feel (Bolano, Manguel, Gracq, Vollmann…); and then there are those that are not that important, that were a good read (or not) but not much else. I don’t really want to keep them forever. I don’t want to feel weighted down. Remember that scene from Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Express Ltd where the brothers get rid of the huge pieces of luggage they’ve been dragging around everywhere because it’s the only way they are going to catch that train? That’s the feeling.

So ebook it may well be, some day. When I’ve dealt with the guilt.

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Hi everyone, I thought I’d share a nice video shared on Facebook shared by Alexia on Facebook last week, but it so appears that Julie shared it before I did… So I’ll just mention the fact that I’m not dead and willing to be back on this page as soon as possible. Life has just been too hectic these past few months.
A great day to you all !

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