Thursday, January 10, 2008
Booking Through Thursday: Falling In Love
1. How did you come across your favorite author(s)? Recommended by a friend? Stumbled across at a bookstore? A book given to you as a gift?
2. Was it love at first sight? Or did the love affair evolve over a long acquaintance?
Let me just get this off my chest. I do not believe in love at first sight. Attraction or lust at first sight, sure, but not love. I am just more practical that way, I guess. I may come across a book that's cover draws me to it, but what makes me actually read the book depends on what it is actually about. A snazzy cover does not make a good book all on its very own.
Being that I am not monogamous when it comes to books, much less authors, I have more than one favorite author. And while none of them came to me by love at first sight, they all have found their way into my life by various other means: a random stroll through the bookstore, a recommendation from a friend or a review I came across one day, or perhaps even a gift from a friend or family member. Sometimes it is only a matter of lines before I suspect I may be falling in love and other times a friendship develops, which slowly over time evolves into something more.
More often than not, I am one of those readers who likes to do a little research before I decide to go out on a first date with an author. I may read a little blurb in a magazine about a particular book, see mention of the name on one of my online reading groups or come across a review on a blog. Maybe a coworker or friend is reading the book. Sometimes that little bit is enough to land the book on my wish list. Other times, I keep an eye out for other opinions and thoughts on a book before making up my mind. Occasionally we flirt at the bookstore for awhile before I finally decide it is time.
When I do fall in love with an author, I tend to fall hard, wanting to read everything that author has ever written. I scoop up as many books as I can find or at least add them to my wish list. Unfortunately for the the authors, because my love affairs are many, it is quite common for the books to pile up and remain unread for awhile. Sometimes I find it difficult to pick up that second or third book. I know it will be a special treat, an unforgettable experience, and I want it to be just right. I want to take my time and not rush. The author's work is something to be savored. Yet there are also times when I cannot help but devour an author's work right away.
There is no rhyme or reason to my madness, really. It just is.