A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


I don’t recall how I heard of the book A Little Life (probably from The New Yorker magazine) but I ordered it from the library. Because it’s a new book (published March 10, 2015), the library is only giving me two weeks to read it. That means I need to read around 65 pages a day. Well, I did not read my daily allotment and today need to take it back to the library. But I already put it on hold again. I might buy it. I am addicted to it. Jeez, I need to read it; I need to finish it. The last book I read was The Goldfinch and after I read that, it was hard for me to read anything for awhile—I started watching the TV show Mad Men instead.

Hanya Yanagihara: Fantastic book!

My Friggin’ “Finally” Bookshelves

We have lived in our house for eight years and had fifty unopened, unpacked boxes of books sitting under the basement stairwell of our house. Why? My hard working husband and I couldn’t come to an agreement about the design of the wood bookshelves for the library we wanted to build in our basement. I would send him Pinterest photos with ideas and occasionally he would say, “Nice shelves.” Many times each year month I would ask him, “When are you going to build our shelves?” He didn’t want to deal.

On Friday I went to a store in Madison and saw many sturdy, large steel bookshelves. Ok, not wood, but $30 each! Such a deal!

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The next day I told my husband about them and he said, “Did you take pictures of them?” No! So on Saturday I took photos of them and showed them to my husband. He said it was “a go,” and we went there and bought six of them!

Finally! I was going to be able to open my boxes of beloved books and “set them free” (a quote from my sister).

Here they are after delivery to our house:

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Here they are lined up against the wall:

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I cleaned them with warm water and Murphy Oil Soap. And dried them. The dust on them was at least 40 years old! It took me two and a half days to do this project. It was great exercise. It was fantastic seeing our books again! In the fifty boxes were also hundreds of CDs, framed photos and pottery. I did donate a lot of books and CDs to a thrift store.

The cabinets are almost filled. This is how they look right now:

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When the library is more fixed up I’ll post a photo.

I’m so friggin’ happy that my husband and I came to an agreement about the bookshelves! It was such a fun project. And now onward to the next project!

p.s. I saved all the boxes that the books were in. The boxes are back under the stairwell.