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Purse Books: Reading on the Go

It’s starting to get warmer outside, which means that my summer dresses and bright colored purses are coming out of my closet. About a month ago, I decided to clean out my closet to try and get organized (ha!). As I went through my purses, I kept on having to pull out a book. Larger hardbacks in my bigger totes, sometimes a few paperbacks tucked in my cross body bags, and my gym bag was packing quite a few different copies. It’s a system that I didn’t even know I had, but I realized it’s a pretty good one!

I pick up books almost everywhere I go. Either from here at work, or a stop in a bookstore, I accumulate way too many books. They all end up in my over crowded bookshelf in my apartment, or in stacks on my window sills, or coffee table (I’m not kidding, it’s a lot of books.) When I get ready to go to work or hang out with friends or family over the weekend, one of the books makes it into a purse. Usually it’s the most recent one I bought, but the main goal is that it fits in the bag. 

The next time I am doing the always-annoying bag transfer, the book either makes it or it doesn’t. If it makes it, it means that I am addicted to that book. I need it close by, so I can gobble up its contents on the train, in the elevator or at lunch. If that’s the case, then it’s only a matter of a day or so before it’s finished and back on the shelf. 

If it doesn’t make the cut off at the purse transfer that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good, which is the beauty of the purse system—I will eventually wear that bag again, and the book will get its second chance. This is great for me because sometimes I need a few tries to get into a book before it becomes the book I can’t get enough of. 

Or, sometimes a book is too dense and I just need a break, hence my current purse book—the Churnow biography of Alexander Hamilton, which lives in my cross body bag. #Ham4YA

hamilton bio

Comment and let us know what books are living in your purses, gym duffels and book bags!

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