The World According to Renee

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You Buy Beer, I Buy Books

During bad days, I turn to the old comfort of reading a new book. Last week, whilst dealing with wisdom tooth dramas, I popped into the local bookshop “just to have a browse”. I should have known better: I found myself at the counter with a copy of I am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne. I couldn’t name a Black Sabbath song, let alone sing one. I saw maybe two episodes of the TV show (including the one where Sharon was diagnosed with cancer). I know Ozzy is/was a rock star who took a LOT of drugs and swears a bit too. In conclusion, I have no idea why I bought it other than I have a general love for autobiographies.

I loved the book. It was the most interesting autobiography I’ve read since Chrissy Amplett’s Pleasure and Pain. In fact, the two have similar themes of music, bad behaviour and addictions.

This morning I heard an ad for an e-book reader. I like the idea of having a bookshelf of books at my disposal should I find myself in a situation where I would suddenly like to read a book (like waiting for a plane that has been delayed), but the appeal of a real book is too strong. I like the look on people’s faces when they see I’m reading The Bride Stripped Bare or the autobiography of Marcia Brady (sorry, Maureen McCormick). I like the smell of second hand bookshops with the thousands of pre-loved books. I love the photos in autobiographies and the dog-earing of pages when I put the book down. It adds character, shows the book was loved. I love re-reading old favourites that have highlighted passages- those sentences once meant so much to me I was willing to deface the pages with bright orange. And I love that my childhood books still bear the messages my mum wrote in them; “To Renee, I’m proud of you, Love Mum.”

Sadly, I will probably end up using a digital reader. I am Ozzy was rather thick and difficult to prop up when reclining in the traditional reading position (sprawled on the lounge). Digital books are also rather less expensive than print, with the added bonus of seeing a book and having it within minutes (not that Amazon are any less amazing for taking a week to deliver a printed version…)

On a related note, I received a letter in the mail last week. It was handwritten, using a nibbed pen and a pot of ink, on real paper. The envelope was sealed with wax. She writes, “I generally find that there’s something incredibly sensual about writing on nice paper with a nice fountain pen and a pot of ink.” I couldn’t agree more. (Unfortunately she’ll be stuck with lined paper and a ballpoint pen as I have no patience for the art of calligraphy.)


February 22, 2010 - Posted by | 1


  1. Ah, I have finally read this. So much I could say but it’s time for bed. I will think about it and post something on Friday – or Saturday your time.

    Take care, Renee.

    KK (NOT the evil American doughnut)

    Comment by Katariina | February 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. I was glad to read you liked dog ears because I didn’t have a suitable bookmark while reading I am Ozzy. Thanks again. Top book and I don’t think I’ve gotten to the good bits yet! 😀

    Comment by Stacey | February 22, 2010 | Reply

    • Have you read page 34 yet?

      Comment by superfox8 | February 22, 2010 | Reply

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