My 20s in Amazon Book Purchases
Inspired by this post on Gawker about Amazon purchases, I decided that I, too, should share some of my Amazon purchases during my 20s. One of the great things about Amazon is that it’s been around so long that this is actually possible, and I literally now have a record of (some of the) books I bought during the past decade. Is this profound and enlightening? Probably not, but it’s a fun little exercise, and I urge you to do the same.
For your edification:
I was in my sophomore year of college when I bought these, and apparently this was my first Amazon book purchase — likely spurred by my first journalism class. I kept that stylebook until 2013.
I apparently purchased nothing at all for my junior year of college. To be fair, I was in Ireland for half of that year.
Ah, my senior year. Which meant my thesis, which meant a lot of books I felt really smart buying.
The end of senior year, and the beginning of graduate school. Ah, dreams. I was so excited to be going to Europe! I had dreams of France, and Germany and the Netherlands and Spain…
I started writing another thesis. So…
With 2010 came my first real job — at a newspaper, no less, and so I ended up with this:
These last two are not books, but they are meaningful. First, that’s the year Corey and I got each other the exact same gift — those postcards. Second, the DVD was the first gift I ever bought for my then-boyfriend. He also got busted by his mom that Christmas for literally sneaking out of his apartment while she was visiting and coming to sleep at my apartment so I wouldn’t be alone for the holiday. It was, and still possibly is, the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me. We’d later buy the book on which this movie was based during our honeymoon.
Not a whole lot of shopping, with the exception of this:
I got a dog, but I apparently didn’t buy anything for her from Amazon. We’ll call this the “lost year.”
I did buy an e-copy of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, which I thoroughly enjoyed even though a wildfire broke out and I didn’t get to do that interview with Alexandra Fuller that I was supposed to. Happy ending, though, because I did get to hear her speak at the school where I was working the next year.
My then-boyfriend’s mother came to visit, and I wasn’t careful enough to make sure that the dog got enough attention. So, when we were out one night, the dog delicately pulled exactly two books off the shelf and chewed the shit out of them. They just so happened to be books my boyfriend’s mother had given him. (Sorry, Sue.) This is a genius dog. But I had to replace the books.
I also decided she needed a kennel pad for the kennel she would be shut in when we were gone. That lasted about an hour. Stella remains unkenneled to this day, and she’s never chewed a single thing ever again.
Later that year, though, I ordered this book for a road trip, not knowing we were going to get engaged during the course of it:
I reverted mostly to Kindle books this year. After all, we were planning a wedding — not a lot of disposable income for hard copies! And then, oh no, I switched jobs and we started house shopping and suddenly became very grown up. We starting buying books like these:
Sigh. We’ve come a long way from the days when I was buying Nora Roberts.
My book-buying has become fun again! The job switch resulted in more disposable income, and, with the purchase of the house, I started remembering all of the books I’d ever gotten rid of and wishing I had them again. A sampling of my book year thus far: