"Can you recommend a great book?" [from the introduction of I'd Rather Be Reading]
In David Lodge's campus novel Changing Places, two college professors--one American, one British--swap teaching roles for a year. [Opening of chapter one, "Confess Your Literary Sins" from I'd Rather Be Reading]With just that one question I am hooked. The opening is a question I both love and hate. Too often my mind goes blank for a few minutes, but when I finally am able to think clearly again, I sometimes cannot stop thinking of recommendations. Though I hate to recommend books without knowing what a person likes to read.
1. For beautifully styled bookshelves, follow this decorator's rule of thumb: each bookshelf should hold one-third books, one-third accessories, and one third empty space.2. You're a book lover; you don't have enough shelves to begin with, Ignore the decorator. [excerpt from page 56 of I'd Rather Be Reading]
For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them.
I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives. [ Goodreads Summary]
While considering books to use for this week's Connect Five, I came across I'd Rather Be Reading on my bookshelf and decided I didn't want to put it back until I read it. It is a quick read and I am enjoying it so far.
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Have you ever searched out theme songs for your favorite books? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
While I have not come up with my own ideas of theme songs for my favorite books, I sometimes will seek out songs on an author's playlist if they include one at the back of their book. It's always fun to see what music authors associate with their own characters and books.
Once--okay, three or four times--I bought CD's (or were they cassettes? It was a long time ago) of music recorded specifically for a series of books by Mercedes Lackey. I fell in love with her Valdemar fantasy series and maybe became a little obsessed. When I heard about the CD's and that that author had written many of the songs, I could not help myself. It was my introduction to filk music (music with a science fiction or fantasy theme and often a kind of folksy sound). Some of the songs even became songs I would sing to my daughter during her younger years. You can sometimes find me still singing parts of the songs now and then. [edited to add: My husband came downstairs last night and caught my daughter and I listening to a couple of the songs I had found on You Tube. Oh, the memories!]
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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