Do you ever get stymied by what book to read next? Overwhelmed by the selection of amazingly fabulous (and possibly overhyped) novels out there? All the pretty-pretties and awesome-sounding novels calling out your name to read them RIGHT NOW? Bedazzled by the multicolored covers screaming at you from the shelves?
Yeah. Me, too.
Don’t get me wrong. I adore having a ridiculous amount of books to choose from — either from my own bookshelves or borrowed (though, let’s be honest here. Owning makes it so much sweeter.). But sometimes I have a hard time choosing what to read next because there are so many books that I *want* to read.
I suppose it’s somewhat like having too many holiday cookies in the house (maybe from one of those cookie swaps) and wanting to eat them all. Right. Now. Or is that just me? *sigh* My sugar addiction really is on par with my book addiction. At least one is good for me.
Sometimes, I pick a book because I’ve been waiting with bated breath for it and can’t let one more second pass before I immerse myself in that world and that writing. Sometimes, the blurb is just so intriguing that I can’t wait to dive into it immediately (I’ve been burned with that one more times than I can count–and rewarded). Or I have to read a book because I promised a review by a certain date. Or I just can’t stand all the review books sitting there staring at me, making me feel guilty because I need to read them but haven’t yet. Other times, my blogger friends book-bully me into reading it (yay for book bullies).
And then there are the times when I have absolutely no idea what to read next. I stare at my shelves. I pick up one book, fondle it, read the blurb and set it back on the shelf. I pick up another and another and another until something clicks and I know that’s the book I need to read next.
It’s weird how certain books seem to cry out to be read immediately while others can sit on the shelf for the longest time before I pick them up (and usually I wonder why it took me so long because I love it).
I think this year, I’ll ask Santa for more hours in the day so I can get more reading time in while still doing everything I need to do that day. I’m sure he’ll be glad to leave that under my tree. And I’d be glad to share with all my reader pals. Yeah, I’m just that kind of gal. Heh.
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