Let me say it up front and get the guilt out of the way. I am not a romance novel writer like many of the guest bloggers. Oh, I play around a bit with writing, but I am too book-obsessed to really invest the time needed to write. And did I mention that I am lazy? Writing requires discipline in which I am in short supply. I am so thankful there are writers out there who will get the writing done so I can have a regular fix.
And speaking of bad traits, I have been known to email my favorite writers and tell them to get their butt in gear because their latest book is taking too long. Obviously I have many weak traits – impatience, laziness and obsessiveness. But in my defense, I think it makes me the perfect buyer for the book industry and their authors. So my weak traits are actually great for the book industry and the economy!
I found Romance Junkies during a search for book reviews. I am always trying to find an author I overlooked or a new book that will make my day. Something in me flittered when I saw the post on Romance Junkies looking for guest bloggers. In my day job, I write for a workplace safety blog which is nowhere as interesting as a ROMANCE BOOK SITE for obsessed romance readers like me. Write about a new fall protection harness or about my favorite pastime?! No contest. So, yeah, I begged the powers that be at Romance Junkies to let me write.
There were so many items on my list that I wanted to share and I quickly slashed my list down to the most important item for me.
Here is the topic: Book Shelf Worthy Books – What Are They & Why Does It Matter?
There is only so much space for books on my Book Shelves. In the past, many books got packed up in boxes, passed to friends or sent to Goodwill. Only the BEST remain on my Book Shelf. This past year I have had to drastically trim down my book budget so I have had to get more fussy about books I buy versus the books I get from the library (or Paper Back Swap). Book Shelf Worthy Books must have the potential to keep me up at night and have a “feel good” factor.
So, obviously, I research more books very well before I buy them. People, online sites, book review sites – I check them all before I spend a penny on a book.
To be honest – I also have a “lack of control” portion on my bookshelf . That’s where I’m at Target late at night and NEED a book right that minute. In fact, I’m in Starbucks at Target right now and I couldn’t resist checking out the books before I sat down to drink my coffee and write in a quiet place.
Thanks for letting me share my thoughts. Keep writing and sharing the good ones with me.