2021 Reading Challenge – Weeks 5 & 6 (With a Mystery Poem and A Book Store Style!)

Wow wow wow, 6 weeks already! Last week, I finished my 9th book of the year, Solaris by Stanisław Lem, and wow! What a good book! If you like existentialism, and if you like sci-fi, then I would highly recommend Solaris.

I’m falling behind on my reading challenge! Well, I’m technically 3 books ahead of schedule. But at this rate, I’d might as well be behind! I didn’t finish any books this week. So much for finishing a whole book a week, huh?

Books Started in Week 6

But that’s okay! I’m halfway through poésies choses de Victor Hugo, and about a quarter of the way through The Nature of Greek Myths by G.S. Kirk. This poem below isn’t by Victor Hugo. Keep reading to find out more!

Little Song

To leave you is like waking, or refusing to wake, in the way that the body has of haunting itself.

Returned to your hand, I'm the astronomer unable to lower his telescope, or look away.

You're the telescope, too. Close, you show me far reaches that are themselves not even the beginning. 

Not to be the one who left is to live in an alarm. 
The unstraightened bed.

But don't I always bring bright souvenirs from our travels, a feather, a coin, a bee? Astonishing in my palm. 

Minutes past your touch, what our bodies were is disappearing like a ship caught in polar ice,

covered up, compressed into deep. To leave you is where the icicles fall, the fog we wake to.
I forgot to write down the name of the book, or even the author of the book!

Though I didn’t read any books, I did read a lovely essay last week. Pleasant Sensations: Watteau, Boucher, and the Rococo, by James Longford. In it, Longford discusses the historical context in which Rococo was developed and contrasts it with Baroque art. It also discusses the criticisms that Rococo art faced from French society at the time. It’s available on Kindle Unlimited, and definitely worth the read (if you’re into art history, that is)!

Magus Book Store

There’s a cute little book store in Seattle that I’ve been going to more often than I probably should. It’s called Magus Books. I’ll write a separate post about the shop later this week. Until then, I’d like to share this poem I came across while browsing the poetry section. Unfortunately, I forgot to take down the author’s name and the title of the book, and can’t seem to find it on Google.

Little Song

To leave you is like waking, or refusing to wake, 
in the way that the body has of haunting itself.

Returned to your hand, I'm the astronomer 
unable to lower his telescope, or look away.

You're the telescope, too. Close, you show me 
far reaches that are themselves not even the beginning. 

Not to be the one who left is to live in an alarm. 
The unstraightened bed.

But don't I always bring bright souvenirs from our travels,
a feather, a coin, a bee? Astonishing in my palm. 

Minutes past your touch, what our bodies were 
is disappearing like a ship caught in polar ice,

covered up, compressed into deep. To leave you 
is where the icicles fall, the fog we wake to.

If I find out who wrote this piece and what book it’s in, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Book Store Style

I’ve been going to the book store more often lately, and I think a visit to the book store always warrants a cute outfit. So, I’d like to share the outfit I wore yesterday with you. Is that weird? It seems a little odd because I’ve never really done that before here on Freshly Stale, but I don’t care!

A friend and I went out for boba, books, and Chinese take-out to celebrate the Lunar New Year, so I thought it was only fitting to wear red. But….I don’t have any red. So, I wore pink instead!

The above picture was taken with a SnapChat filter to make it look slightly grainy and vintage, so I’ve edited the colors slightly to more accurately depict how the outfit actually looks. Just fyi! 😉

It’s so weird seeing the dreamy, slow snow falling over green trees and blooming flowers!

This outfit is a pink balloon-sleeve knit sweater paired with a floral patterned mid length button down skirt. It was, and still is, snowing, so I wore a second, slightly longer black skirt underneath of the floral one. And some black leggings, of course!

The sweater and accessories are all from JustFab, my current favorite online store. I’ve got an unboxing video in the works for my most recent JustFab purchase, so stay tuned for that later this week!

The skirt, on the other hand, is second-hand. I bought it in a Goodwill in Ohio gosh, maybe 3 years ago!

Accessories

As for accessories, this outfit features a gold-colored bracelet, necklace, and small matching hoop earrings.With a scrunchie on my wrist, of course!

For shoes, I wore pastel blue boots, and carried a matching blue purse. Oh, and a pink face mask, of course! Unfortunately, I didn’t think to get a picture of the full style. But I will next time!

What sort of outfits do you like to wear when visiting your local bookstore? Let me know in the comments below!


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  • Happy Panda

    I love dressing up to go to the bookstore but I always try to pull off a nerd look with a super oversized flannel shirt with leggings and my only accessory – my oversized glasses.

    Love your outfit! Sounds like you had an amazing day!

    • Sam

      I loooove oversized flannels with leggings, it’s soo cozy! It was a great day yesterday, yeah ☺️ Thanks so much for your kind words! 🥰

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