Years ago while being interviewed for a pharmaceutical sales job I was asked “what books was I currently reading”.
I paused, thought and then answered, “the dictionary and the thesaurus”.
I did not land that job.
(I wonder what book would have gotten me hired!?)
I was single at the time and the idea of sitting indoors by myself and reading a novel or a lengthy piece of non-fiction was just not on my (very social) agenda!
But the truth was I really was reading the dictionary. A great big lexicon was always open, sitting on an antique hutch in the apartment I shared with a girlfriend. Actually it was part of our humble décor.
Any interesting word we happened to stumble upon in that dictionary was written on a scrap of paper and taped to our brown fridge. Roomie and I then tried to incorporate these words into our vocabulary. (true story)
Fast forward to today; I am an avid reader.
And once again I was recently asked what books I had on my bedside table.
To be honest I don’t place books on my bedside table. Its clutter. For me.
And the few chosen books I do keep in my home often do dual duty. They must be a good read and look beautiful.
So right now I am reading, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO COCO CHANNEL from my stack of beautiful black coffee table books.
I also just finished a John Grisham novel that someone passed on to me. It is a beautiful mint green and chocolate chip coloured hardcover book. Definitely a keeper to be used as a prop for my home staging business.
Along with Coco Channel I am reading OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck. This is the first time I’m reading this 1937 classic novel; I realize there is no time limit on being current! This book also makes it as a beautiful staging prop due to the lovely lavender colour on the cover.
Of course I always have close at hand my cherished copy of MARILYN by Normal Mailer. It is a beautiful linen coloured hardcover book full of wonderful photos of Marilyn Monroe; although far too special to be used as a home staging prop.
So…..what are you reading? Or decorating with?
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