It seems that the past few weeks have been a little bit quiet on our front, and we want to apologize. Things have been moving behind the scenes, and we're sorry for seemingly keeping you in the dark. We have a couple big announcements coming your way, and we're so excited to share the news - but in the meantime, let's get back to basics.
Bookspace Detroit is deep in the search for the exact right space to call our own. We claim to be located in the 'heart of Detroit,' but Detroit beats to the rhythm of countless hearts, and we are looking for the one that matches our own. As the search continues, we will keep you posted as to where we land. In the meantime, we are looking for ways to create a presence downtown in a slightly-more transient, dare we say 'Moveable' way...but more on that in the days and weeks to come.
You might be saying to yourself, who is we? What is 'our'? So, I'll take this opportunity to explain the 'we' - which, while it feels like the Royal 'we,' truly is not. The 'I' is me, Tara - the founder and future-Chief Proprietor of the Bookspace space. The we is the collective energy and people behind me and this vision - professionals from every corner of industry in the city and suburbs, mentors and business leaders and teachers and consultants and friends and family who have been so generous with their time, wisdom, and encouragement. By 'we' I generally me and all the support I've been so lucky to receive - but I suppose it's unclear when I write that 'we' have some exciting news to share. I will try to reconcile what feels natural to write and what is accurate in the world (really, I have some great news to share - but would you believe it more if I say we?).
I think it's only fair to share with my readers (or, reader: hi Mom!) that I am currently in a state of serious distress. Heartbroken, devastated. You see, I finally finished the fifth installment of the Game of Thrones series (A Song of Ice and Fire), and it's hard to know where to go from here. How do I go on with my day-to-day responsibilities when there is so much story left to tell? Thankfully, my brother has turned me on to a loving fan community with academically rigorous and dissertation-worthy conspiracy theories, character timeline breakdowns, and more (the conspiracy theories are amazing! Some are more tin foil-y than others, and it just keeps the books so alive).
So, why am I telling you all of my most-recent heartbreak? Well, for one - there's no shame in my game. I am a fan of Game of Thrones, I fell in love over and over again with characters born to rule and die dreadful, horrible deaths - and I loved every second of it. It has taken me about six months to get through all five tomes, and I can't remember a time I've been so immersed in a book. Every second I spent not reading, I wanted to be reading. This includes driving to work, eating, spending time with friends and loved ones - I'd just rather be back in Westeros. That should be a bumper sticker, I think.
And there was a real sense of dread and mourning as I finished that last book - what would I do now? I have so enjoyed living these other lives - when will the next book arrive? How will he tie up the loose ends - there are so many stories left to tell! Would another book ever be able to pack as much punch? And I remembered, yes.
Beyond Game of Thrones, I have absolutely been enthralled with other books in the past year alone - so wholly captivated by characters and stories that it's hard for my fiance to register his presence with me sometimes (sorry boo, love you promise). But starting with The Orphan Master's Son, continuing with The Goldfinch and Gone Girl (which I read in its entirety on one very long plane ride, barely looking up even once) - there are plenty of stories which have had me in their grips over the past few years.
I'm hooked already on the third installment of The Last Policeman trilogy - so clearly, all is not lost. This three-part series, by Ben H. Winters, is a brilliant study of the human condition and societal breakdowns when faced with imminent death and destruction - sound fun? It is! It is SO much fun! It is fascinating; a doomsday fantasy wrapped in a murder-mystery wrapped in a vest.
All this is to say that there are infinite books to get lost in, and I've been so lucky this past year to be immersed in so many of them. If you have any books you've recently devoured at the expense of your relationships, your health, or just your typical TV schedule, please leave it in the comments below!