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?

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:

  1. I love to read. I devour books like food.
  2. A book can be carried with me wherever I go, so why waste downtime?
  3. 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?