Monday, May 24, 2010

Shredded

I can always gauge how much I've enjoyed a book by it's migratory pattern around my house and the condition it is in by the time I finish it. A ho hum offering will rarely make it off my bed side table and if, on rare and disappointing occasions, I pick up a book I deem "unreadable" it will be found on that same bedside table covered by a thin film of dust and several back issues of People magazine. Eventually, most (if not all) of these stationary books get read from start to finish, but they never look too worse for wear. When I discover a book I really enjoy, however, it will literally follow me around the house. If I find myself reading in the back yard or in the living room I know I've been hooked by a plot. I know an author has hit a home run if I am scouring the house at bedtime looking for my book and find it next to the kitchen sink, in a laundry basket, or in the passenger seat of my minivan . My book of choice should wear coffee stains on the cover like medals of honor and if the binding breaks it is sure sign the work is worthy of a national book award in my mind!

By the looks of book I just finished reading you'd think it was the greatest book ever written...
...and yes, I bought it new.
Chris Cleave's, Little Bee certainly followed me around the house and I loved every page! I would have finished this brilliant book faster, but it took two full weeks to dry out after I accidentally put it under the faucet in the bathroom. I guess that's the danger of cleaning while reading!

2 comments:

Mb said...

I know what book I am reading next. That was a great testimonial!

Marketing Mommy said...

I loved Little Bee. So much so that I finished it in a day and a half and my copy looks pretty much unread!

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