This week I have cried while reading a picture book. I have stopped an audio so that BH and I could talk about what we were listening to (and it turned out he thought the opposite of me, go figure!). I have reluctantly finished a book for a review (can you guess how enthusiastic my review was?) and am now racing through one book and lingering over another.
Truth is, people think that I love everything I read. I most decidedly do not. I do not write about those books as a general rule (why waste time and effort on a bad book?). I try to dwell on those books I can see in the hands of a reader. Any reader. Not all the books I read are instant classics. Sometimes they are just plain fun books. What is wrong with another book that makes me giggle or chuckle or even guffaw?
I have a poster that says "I was born with a TBR stack I will never finish." Yep, that's me. Today, I mailed two boxes of books and one small envelope off to new readers. I am weeding shelves as fast as I can and then ordering books and adding them back just as quickly (best buys this week: GO! BY CHIP KIDD AND 29 MYTHS ON THE SWINSTER PHARMACY BY LEMONY SNICKET). I have a love-love affair with books and sometimes more of a love-hate relationship with reading. I hate reading for a deadline (review due dates creep up on me not matter what I do). But deadlines also keep me honest and keep me reading. So, I am heading back to the recliner to finish the book whose review is due tomorrow. I already am composing the review in my head as I read (a good habit for those of us who have to hit deadlines for reviews). I will indulge in some chocolate to reward me when I am half and then 3/4 done with my reading. And then, tomorrow, after the review is on its way, I will crack open another book, this time one without a deadline.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. May you fall in love with a book today. And today might be a good day to read or order Penny Kitt;e's book love or BOOK LUST by Nancy Pearl. See what all the fuss is about.