I started the year with the hope of picking up where I left off and it was promising for a while. I got to finish one book in January, Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters, which was an inspiration at the start of the year. New year, new hopes, after all. It details the author’s journey to creating the popular shoe brand, Toms. It’s always interesting to discover origin stories especially of one that’s close to my heart (my love is obsessed with Toms), so I was absolutely surprised when I found out that the name Toms was not a homage to a person named Tom, but it was actually taken from the word tomorrow, a touching tribute to giving a better tomorrow to the children of Argentina. And I felt silly for not knowing this, but did you know that for every pair of Toms that you purchase, the company would give another pair to a child in Argentina? That’s what basically started the whole venture! I was mind-blown.
Anyway, if you feel a need to “start something that matters”, try Blake Mycoskie’s book.
Lately, I have been on an Anne Tyler marathon because a good friend had shown me how her second-hand bookstore trip led her to Tyler’s Back When We Were Grownups. Because Tyler’s books confide like a best friend, I found myself missing them desperately, so I went from Back When We Were Grownups to Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant to Saint Maybe to The Amateur Marriage to Breathing Lessons. That’s five books in just two weeks – a personal achievement! I am now on Digging to America, nothing new, but hey, at least I’m reading (again, a personal achievement).