Before I start this year’s journey of my #bookaday project (hopefully, I’ll do better than last year, barring any unforeseen incidents), I want to explain myself.
I don’t do this whole attempt to impress anybody. I mean, yeah, I love going up to people and being like, “Hey, how many books did YOU read this year?” and when they say, “Twelve,” I laugh in their faces. I must admit that is pretty fun. Okay, let’s rephrase it. I’m not in this entirely to laugh at the masses.
The real reasons are these:
- I love to read. I devour books like food.
- A book can be carried with me wherever I go, so why waste downtime?
- I’m reading anyway, so why not keep you lovely people involved, too?
See? Good reasons, right?
And, in answer to the impending questions….
Why don’t you get a Nook or Kindle?
The answer to that is really seated in personal choice. E-readers are great for people who don’t have room for physical books, or have different preferences than mine. But I love to open up a brand new book and smell the glue, the paper, the aroma of fresh muskiness that lies within. Or to open a used book and feel the dated pages of words that have lasted years, decades, centuries - and to see the notes on the front pages, “To ___, from ___: Our love will last forever.” For me, that’s part of the book’s personality. And an e-reader will never have that effect on me.
How do you pick which books to read?
In addition to my very full bookshelves (the contents of which I have read most of), there are bags of books lying all around. These are the books which I choose from - not the shelved ones that I consider “mine for-keeps”. I do have one bookcase, bequeathed the “To Be Read” area. About once every two months, I take all of the books out of their bags, place them into stacks of 25, and rearrange them all. I refill the bags completely, then, when I run out, place the remaining books onto the “To-Be-Read” case. This gives me a full range of new and old books, and since I’m always replenishing my piles with trips to the bookstore, there’s never a shortage of them.
How many books do you have in your “To-Be-Read” bags and case?
As of December 31, 2011, there were approximately 765 books to be read. I use the term “approximately” because some books are bound in volumes - three books in one, or the like.
Who are you, anyway?
I’m just a woman with an affinity for words. I have a real job, even.
Okay, anything else?