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book·ish : Gatsby in My Purse. | Bethany Suckrow

book·ish : Gatsby in My Purse.

I was that girl. The one that couldn’t go leave home without a book. The one that would get bored at social outings and find a corner to read. The one that would read in a car, in the store, at family reunions and during recess at school. I was painfully shy for a long time. Books were my portable haven when I felt lonely or awkward or bored.

As an adult I’ve mostly grown out of this deep-rooted introversion and found a thriving social life. I can leave my book at home and designate time for myself to read, but every once in awhile, the thin spine of a well-loved paperback finds it’s way into my purse just in case I can steal a moment to escape into its world.

Do you carry books with you? What are you currently reading now?



  1.  (of a person or way of life) Devoted to reading and studying rather than worldly interests.
  2. (of language or writing) Literary in style or allusion.
  3. (of art and all manner of lovely things) devoted to the written word as a form of art and as a way of seeing the world.
  4. (of BethanySuckrow.com) anything of the aforementioned characteristics as they are found on the interwebs and reposted by Bethany, because bookish and writerly things always give reason for amusement.
  • TGL

    You were like Rory Gilmore!

  • http://KatieAxelson.com/ Katie Axelson

    I do have memories of being at sporting events and reading but don’t usually carry books with me because I find it hard to read with other things happening around me–I’m too distracted. However, I don’t go far without a notebook. You just never know when words are going to strike.


  • http://www.eloranicole.com/ elora nicole ramirez

    yes. i carry books with me all the time. mostly on my kindle, but sometimes i throw in an actual paperback. most recently it was a reread of natalie goldberg’s “writing down the bones” 

  • http://twitter.com/Drebelle Andrea Beltran

    I’ve contemplated rereading this book lately! I always carry around a notebook, but sometimes a book likes to tag along. More recently, it’ been “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. I feel like I’m carrying around a water cooler, but it’s worth it. :)