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The Book of Delights
The Book of Delights | Ross Gay
"Author Ross Gay spent a year writing almost-daily essays about the things, large and small, that delight him"--
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Susanita
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A little stack of some “small” books on a short shelf. #beginswith #book

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 📚 1w
Eggs Nice 📚📚 7d
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JoyBlue
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This log of the author‘s daily delights recorded from one birthday to the next was, as promised, delightful! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-book-of-delights

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TiminCalifornia
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This was my July #bookspin which I #audiobooked. Read by the author, who is first and foremost a poet, the book was a perfect...delight. The concept is that the author wrote daily essays for one year about something that delighted him. Brilliantly executed, the essays are curated for publication here. Introspective, irreverent, kind, funny, thoughtful, thought-provoking. July held challenges for me and this book was good for my mental health.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds delightful! Stacking!!! 6mo
kspenmoll Lovely book! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I am in love with this book ♥️ 6mo
TiminCalifornia @Chelsea.Poole Agree. Such joy and the author conveys a decency that‘s often missing in public discourse. It‘s refreshing. 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Are you ever struck right in the soul by words on a page? These “delights”, which often dive deep into tangents (a delight for me!), are not the obvious delights of a day at the beach or the smell of a flower (though some are!). Sometimes the delights are actually the opposite of delightful but somehow the magnificent Ross Gay navigates a 180 manages a path for hope out of despair. This book inspires me. I want to notice and record the delights⬇️

Chelsea.Poole in my own life. Also, I want to have Ross Gay in my life. It‘s not often that I read a book that inspires me to want to know the author!! And almost never do I read a book and think I want to be an author myself. I read this slow and over several months when I could really soak in these musings. 8mo
merelybookish Great review. I've had this on my TBR for a while and feel inspired to bump it up! 8mo
Megabooks I own this and need to read it. Excellent review! 8mo
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HeatherBookNerd Just finished this recently. Loved it! 8mo
emtobiasz Love this one so so much ❤️ 8mo
Kayla8 If you liked this then you may also like his poetry collection: A Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. I can‘t remember if I already told you about this. 8mo
Chelsea.Poole @merelybookish @Megabooks I read it here and there as I read other books as well and I think that really enhanced my enjoyment. Reading it over time reinforced my own practice of finding delights in life. Might work for you all too! 😊 8mo
Chelsea.Poole @HeatherBookNerd @emtobiasz isn‘t Ross Gay great!? I wish I had this man in my life!! 8mo
Chelsea.Poole @Kayla8 Hold placed in the library catalog ✅ thanks!! 8mo
Megabooks I keep saying I‘ll start it and read it slowly, but I am very bad a reading books slowly. I got it for my 39th birthday. I am now 41! 8mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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I liked this collection of essays from the start, but somewhere midway I fell head over heels in love. It‘s like he invites us along as he trains his heart and sharpens his eyes to see the ever present delight around him every day. Gay‘s playfulness with language is just marvelous and makes his work so surprising and enjoyable to read. I‘m looking forward to checking out his other books.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Tonight I just felt sad. And this book is making me feel better.

SW-T It‘s that kind of book. Made me think of a meandering walk on a summer day. Warm and peaceful. 🙂 8mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Well, isn‘t this delightful. ☺️

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NeedsMoreBooks
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Mehso-so

This collection of essays starts and ends with the author‘s birthday over a year. Gay decides to find delights in the daily, mundane, routine life and this is his collection of ‘more than a hundred ‘essayettes‘. I enjoyed a few of the essays but not the overall anthology. I am sure others might enjoy but this was a so-so for me.

Megabooks I have this and have never been able to get into it. 10mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Megabooks oh great ? Glad that I am not the only one 🤦🏻‍♀️ 10mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Read a few #essays in this collection while my husband had the boys at the park. Love the idea of delighting in the small occurrences of daily life. 🪲

Tamra I spy greenery! 10mo
Kayla8 I just finished Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by him as well! If you haven‘t read it already, I think you‘ll enjoy it. 🙂 10mo
Chelsea.Poole @Kayla8 I haven‘t heard of that one, thank you! I‘m going to look it up 😊 10mo
Chelsea.Poole @Tamra yessss! Thank heavens we finally have some green 🌱 10mo
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Pedrocamacho
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Pickpick

Some of Ross Gay‘s delights made me delight. Others made me cringe. Some made me sad. And still others made me think.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Kalalalatja Perfect Days was really good, but quite disturbing! 11mo
Megabooks Loved Hey Kiddo and Aftershocks! 11mo
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ReadingRachael
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Ross Gay writes this collection of musings about everyday delights occurring in his life with humour, insight, and gentleness. I love that he regularly turns the reader‘s attention toward our joint humanity, and operates from the vantage point of presuming the best of others. Reading this was such a breath of fresh air. Highly recommend

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Susanita
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It‘s August, but I‘m including this book in my July #wrapup since I just finished it. I especially liked the story about the child who thought he was going on a trip to read palms instead of poems.
Also:
-White Nights 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
-Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit🍊
-Big Summer🌞
-The Fellowship of the Ring🪐
-An Unconditional Freedom 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️
-Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions🦁
-Packing for Mars🧑‍🚀
Kili swiping my chair is a delight!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😽😽😽 1y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Not from tagged book.

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Afzyaly
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Sometimes thoughtful, Sometimes Funny. Great Read

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StaceGhost
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Perfect time for this #blacklitmatters #blacklivesmatter

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Susanita
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I‘ve been following along with the tagged book trying to read the essays on the same date. He had a little gap since mid May, but now he‘s back! So into the mix it goes.

The FOTR Facebook #readalong is scheduled to finish Book I and take a little break before we dive into Book II. We‘ll probably finish some time in August?

Meanwhile, the #bookspin selections are TBD, and I have seven ebooks on hold at two libraries.

#weeklyforecast

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Angitron
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I love Gay‘s writing, and considering current affairs it felt like the perfect time to settle down and read this book of tiny essays about simple delights! Even when writing about sadness, Gay seeks out joy. In one essay he writes: “What if we joined our sorrows, I‘m saying. I‘m saying: What if that is joy?” I love this book so much. It‘s a book I plan to return to again and again to remind myself of life‘s many gifts even in hard times.

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emtobiasz
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Poet Ross Gay took a year to discover and write about the small delights in his life: his garden, the touch of a stranger, the way a flight attendant uses pet names for him. Today, this feels like a celebration of and an elegy for a world that‘s gone right now, without forgetting the problems (racism, poverty) that world contained. I savored this over WEEKS (not how I usually read something I enjoy), and I could reread it already.

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emtobiasz
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I love Ross Gay. Even his prose is poetry.

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emtobiasz
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Poet Ross Gay wrote over 100 brief essays one year focusing on things he found small delight in. I started this book earlier this month on #hoopla and quickly decided that a) it is a perfect quarantine read, and b) I needed a print copy to be able to read it slowly and savor. My bookshop.org order came in earlier today and I can‘t wait to read it a few essays at a time before bed ❤️

Mitch Sounds a perfect way to end each day. ⭐️ 2y
Kenyazero this sounds like a very fun read, and it must have been a very fun project. 2y
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UnabridgedPod
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"I wonder if this impulse to share . . . is also among the qualities of delight? And further, . . . that our delight grows as we share it."⠀

"I think I am advocating for a kind of innovation, or an innovative spirit, which seems to be occasioned by deprivation, or being broke. . . . Which is also called figuring something out. Which is something we all go to school, some of us for years and years, to forget how to do." ⬇️

UnabridgedPod Ross Gay's The Book of Delights is the PERFECT book for right now. I've seen it mentioned around the internet, but I decided to pick it up after reading educator Dean Shareski's own take on Gay's project: writing an essay (he calls them "essayettes") each day about something that brings him delight. Gay did this for a year, and yes, he missed some days, but he ended up with 102 little meditations-- ⬇️ 2y
UnabridgedPod some are only a paragraph, and a couple of the longest are two or three pages-- on things that bring him delight. Sometimes these delights result from unpleasant experiences or musings about wrongs in the world. But Gay is always able--in the most gorgeous, poetic, yet blunt prose possible-- ⬇️ 2y
UnabridgedPod to bring those experiences or musings around until we can understand why he labels such things as "delights." This is a revelatory book, and I absolutely loved it.

What is bringing you delight today (even if that delight is complicated)? Has anyone else read this book?
2y
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Fdvgf I just started listening to your podcast this weekend and then I saw your name here - so excited!!!😁 After listening to that one episode I was hooked and subscribed immediately!!!☑️ I was a teacher for 24 years, so that makes listening to your post even more meaningful to me - thank you!!!🍎📙😍 2y
UnabridgedPod @Bookish.Best.Friend Thank you so much for listening!! That is wonderful to hear. ❤️ 2y
Fdvgf @UnabridgedPod Looking forward to the next one on Wednesday!!!👍🏻 2y
ozma.of.oz I love finding bookish podcasts! Just subscribed! ❤️ 2y
UnabridgedPod @Fdvgf Yay!! Thank you. 🙏 2y
UnabridgedPod @ozma.of.oz Wonderful!! Thanks in advance for listening. I hope you enjoy it. ❤️ 2y
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SW-T
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This book was like a long walk in a new neighborhood on a gorgeous day. No particular destination in mind, but everywhere you looked there was something new to see and explore. Most essays were short, but a few covered a couple pages. Topics ranged from delight in reading poetry, to a good cup of coffee, to greeting strangers, to gardening, and just being alive and able to write about daily delights. Serious or light, these essays were delightful.

Aimeesue Sounds lovely! 2y
SW-T @Aimeesue Yes, it was. An unexpected surprise 😊 2y
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SW-T
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So of course after reading this I start thinking about public statues. And I feel the need to find Osman‘s book and read it for myself. This is why my TBR is huge 😁

#bookwormproblems #mounttbr

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Just the best book I've read in a long time (and also my favorite bookish tshirt). The Book of Delights is a series of essays Gay wrote over the course of a year while trying to reflect on something that delighted him daily, and it is sheer perfection. The delights move from the mundane to the sublime and even into the absurd. I needed this book in my life and I think that you (whoever you are) do too.

WanderingBookaneer It is lovely. I usually enjoy prose written by poets. 2y
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kspenmoll
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#SundayEssay #TheBookofDelights #Inefficiency

Sunday essay, #2. Reading one essay per Sunday. These essays are a joy!

Jee_HookedOnBookz This is on my TBR! What a great idea to read it weekly! 2y
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kspenmoll
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#bookandcoffee #gratitude #delights
Found this gem at Storrs B&N. Decided to read one essay each Sunday. ❤️📚

Redwritinghood That‘s a great idea. I have this book, unread, of course. 2y
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kspenmoll
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#blowoutsale #pumpkinspicelatte

unfortunately my son needed a book....

Mynameisacolour Yum!! I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season today! 2y
Tamra Ha! Yea, that‘s a terrible plight. 2y
Lovesbooks87 I went and got more books from their blowout sale today. I was there last weekend too! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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kspenmoll @Mynameisacolour It‘s such a treat! 2y
kspenmoll @Tamra It was such a plight! Between 50% off books & my 25% teacher discount I went wild! 2y
kspenmoll @Lovesbooks87 I could go again today... but will go to the library to return books instead! 2y
Tamra @kspenmoll just for your wallet. 😂 2y
kspenmoll @Tamra 😂😂 2y
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Megabooks
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I am so in love with my new narwhal bookmark (and the beautiful, poetic flow of this book)! 💗💗💗

Texreader Awwww! 3y
starlight97 So cute! 😍 3y
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Hufflepuffle So cuuute!! 3y
Megabooks Thank you @Enchanted_Bibliophile @Texreader @starlight97 @Hufflepuffle !!! I‘m in love with their bookmarks! So whimsical 😁💙😁 3y
brit91 I love you're bookmark!!😍 3y
Megabooks @brit91 Thank you!! 😊😊 3y
DGRachel That is absolutely the cutest bookmark! I love it!! 3y
Megabooks @DGRachel Thanks! 😊😁💜💜 (edited) 3y
BooknerdsLife That bookmark is too cute!!!! 😱💖 3y
Megabooks @BooknerdsLife Thank you!! 💙💙😁 3y
Gina Waaaaaaaahhhhh ♡it 3y
Megabooks @Gina Thank you!! 😊😊💜 3y
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#maymoviemagic @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant
Next up on my kindle, this book of 365 micro essays where the author focuses on the #littlestthings each day for a year.... 💕

Cinfhen This sounds lovely 💕💕 3y
Megabooks I‘m slowly reading through a paper copy! It is lovely @Cinfhen 3y
Cinfhen Good to know @Megabooks 🤗 3y
rohit-sawant Interesting! 3y
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underground_bks
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For a year, poet Ross Gay wrote a short essay on something that delighted him each day. The Book of Delights is a delight to read, that‘s no surprise, but so many of the delights are surprising ones and every single one is poetry and every single one is contagious.

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eve
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A few weeks ago I had the great joy of talking to Ross Gay about this book. Ross‘s poetry transformed my own work and the way I look at the world. (Even if you don‘t know him you may have seen his viral poem about Eric Garner, “A Small Needful Fact.”) For this book, he tried to write a small essay about delight every day for a year, and what results is sweet but not sugary, and challenging in quiet and unexpected ways.

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Megabooks
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Whew! I had an awesome, whirlwind trip to Nashville today for my birthday! 🎂📚🎉

I got some gluten-free cupcakes at The Wild Muffin, some gluten-free enchiladas at Taco Mamacita down near Music Row, which I hadn‘t been through in years, and topped it off with a visit to Parnassus Books!! We even saw a house my dad lived in while he was in college. (Not pictured)

I‘ll show my book haul soon, but I‘ve already started the tagged book. 😁🎉😁📚

AlaMich If I ever get to Nashville, Parnassus is definitely at the top of my must-see list! 3y
Megabooks @AlaMich It‘s fantastic! I definitely want to go back. 3y
silentrequiem Happy birthday! 3y
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Megabooks @silentrequiem Thank you! 😊 3y
lkurgs Happy Birthday! 3y
Megabooks @lkurgs Thanks!! 😊 3y
Sungirl79 Happy Birthday!!!🎉🎂 3y
Simona Happy birthday 🍾🥂😘 3y
Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 3y
Lauram Happy Birthday 🎂 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Happy Birthday♓️🤙🏽 3y
rohit-sawant Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 3y
Megabooks @Sungirl79 Thanks! 🎉🎉 3y
Megabooks @Simona Thank you! 😁 3y
Megabooks @Librarybelle Thank you! 🎂 3y
Megabooks @Lauram Thanks! 💕 3y
Megabooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you! 👍🏻😊 3y
Megabooks @rohit-sawant Thank you! 😊🎉 3y
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday!!! 🎂 3y
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Thanks friend! 💚 3y
Elma Happy Birthday!! Hope my city was good to you. 3y
Megabooks @Elma Thank you!! 😁 Your city was excellent to me!! 🎉📚 3y
Elma @Megabooks Yay!💙💙💙 3y
britt_brooke I totally missed this - Happy belated birthday! Hope you enjoyed Parnassus. It‘s one of my happy places. 3y
Megabooks @britt_brooke Thank you!! 😁😁 I‘ll definitely be back. It‘s a great store! 3y
Reviewsbylola Yum! I hope you had an amazing birthday! 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Thanks! I did!! 📚🎂😋 3y
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BookNAround
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I don‘t really have space in my schedule to read something I just bought but I figure a book of essays, especially ones about delight, can be shoehorned in in small bursts, right?!

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AlexGeorge
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Was there ever a more aptly named book?

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Thndrstd
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Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his memories of dealing with family and friends to simply something that catches his eye, he finds a lot to delight him, even if it is tempered by consumerism, racism, & other cultural violence. His joy is infectious.

[I received an advanced e-galley from Netgalley.]

BookishMarginalia This seems right up your alley, @WanderingBookaneer 3y
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shutupsmalls

I know that I rarely call the people I love by their names. I call them, if it is okay with them, by the name I have given them. I wonder if this means I think of my beloveds as my children. That seems very patronizing. Especially because I mostly don‘t give them money. But, on the other hand, how lovely all my mothers. All my babies.

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shutupsmalls

I just got the sweetest text message from my friend Walt. It read: “I love you breadfruit.”