It’s my first official day of the Blog Me MAYbe challenge. Well, I guess yesterday was, when I was supposed to tell you something about myself. Wednesday is for asking followers something about themselves. So, today is a twofer — something about me, something about you.
About me. I love books. I love people who love books. I love people who don’t love books too, but…doesn’t everybody love books?
I love books so much that once when I was little, maybe in second grade, my dad grounded me from reading instead of giving me a spanking because he knew taking away my books would make a bigger impression. And it did, because here I am a few decades later, still remembering what I felt like as I sat on the staircase while he took my book out of my hands. I don’t even remember what I did, but I remember how I felt. Needless to say, I have never taken books away from my kids.
Sometimes, I feel addicted to books. Seriously. And I have to go cold turkey when reading starts interfering with what I need to do. The latest instance: The Hunger Games. Yep. I hadn’t heard of the series until several months ago, when my son read them at college. Now, this is the kid who reads Harry Potter, Eragon and Star Wars books almost exclusively. If he was going to be raving about a book that wasn’t one of the BIG THREE, then I needed to check it out too. So, in February, I picked up the first book and that was it — I read them all in less than three days, and I didn’t get a damn thing else done. After that, it was at least a week before I allowed myself to pick up another book. Sometimes I just have to stop myself. There are so many books out there that I want to read, and not enough time in the world to read them.
Now, about you. I’ve thought about this. What is something I love to know about people? What gives me a sense of somebody when I meet them? Their books, of course! I am thrilled when I can look at someone’s bookshelf and see familiar titles, and thrilled, too, when I see new titles beckoning.
But I always have to remember that what I see is not always the whole picture. For instance, you could look at my bookshelf of Stephen King books and conclude that I like horror, but you wouldn’t know that I don’t really like horror that much and I really only like Stephen King’s older stuff (The Stand, The Dark Tower, The Talisman, The Eyes of the Dragon).
You would have to go back to my bedroom and look at the stack of books around my night table to know that I also love books by Steve Berry and James Rollins. I love books like The Time Traveler’s Wife byand The Story of Forgetting by . I also adore non-fiction (1861 by Adam Goodheart, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Collapse by Jared Diamond, to name a few), and science fiction/fantasy (Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus and The Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and Mordant’s Need by , for example).
So, here is what I want to ask you: What are you reading now? What were you reading a while back? What’s on your bookshelf or stacked up around your nightstand? Tell me please, because I have to know…
(Yes, I also like ABBA, but that’s for another day. 🙂 )