I have a confession…
I haven’t read an entire book in a long time. A long, long time. So long in fact, that I’ll keep the exact amount of time to myself, for now.
As a child, I was a voracious reader. If it wasn’t a school day, I’d grab a book as soon as I awoke and be finished and started with another by bedtime. I’m not quite sure when I lost that thirst for the written word, but I did and no book, whether real or Nook, has helped me to change that.
Last December, during my former work place’s white elephant gift exchange and in what I considered an ironic moment, I chose a wrapped gift that turned out to be two books: Twilight and New Moon. Now, because I actually know the meaning of irony, I realize that the event was in fact not ironic, but only a coincidence. But damn it, it sure felt ironic.
Anyway, it’s about six months later and I’m cleaning and getting rid of crap I don’t need and want, and there they were occupying space on my shelf, so I’ve decided to give them away.
So if you’ve been meaning to read them or want to read them again but loaned out your own copy, you’re welcome to them. The person to leave the funniest reason as to why I should keep and read them (will NEVER happen) in the comment section will win. And I promise that I won’t look at you like this:
My initial reaction at the irony, I mean coincidence.
I bought a Nook some months ago thinking that it would help me be the voracious reader that I was growing up (my attention span is worse than ever). It hasn’t really made a difference. With so much to do and so many distractions reading is always put on the back burner, and the truth is, I still prefer the feel of a real book.
Part of the problem, for me anyway, is the knowing that the book will sit on that back burner indefinitely until you get around to it. But what if it didn’t. What if the words in a book began to disappear giving the reader only two months to read them? Would this give the reader (me?) a sense of urgency?
The folks at Eterna Cadencia, Argentenian independent publishers, thought so, and published The Book that Can’t Wait to motivate readers to read, giving new authors a better opportunity to write their second book.
What do you think?