I know what you mean, brenna. I've got two Achilles heels - right heel for books, left heel for films. Last year, I spent my Frosh week money ($100) and then some for a Gala pass to the Toronto International Film Fest. (Mum was hoppin' mad - being a Eng/Polisci major is bad enough...but imagine having your only child become one of those poor sods with iPods trying to sell a screenplay or some hacked directorial vision...she just wants me to be normal, that's all, w/ normal, teenage interests. )
Oooh...and 25-cent book sales!! Haven't encountered those in a while, but every time it happens, I go on a high (can we say "nerd"?) that rivals anything from partying at Brunny's. Of course - that's contingent upon me actually getting *good* books I'd be wanting to read.
Brenna, you're Canadian, aren't you? Not discriminating against Americans, but few have heard of, much less read, Margaret Atwood - even though she's such an icon this side of the border, and deservedly so. I don't know why. I mean - many Americans *I've* encountered like Alice Munro...maybe it has something to do with Munro being (kind of) similar to Eudora Welty or Flannery O'Conner? Atwood, however, is an uniquely Canadian literary voice...for example, you know you're reading Atwood when you read her works. But then again, *is* there such a thing as a specifically Canadian literary voice?
Sidebar: Canadian bestseller lists are usually more literary than American ones. No Clancy or Grisham. Make what you will of that.
Now, all American posters - feel free to feel indignant and flame me about my Canadian-centric tendancies.