I love to read. There's no surprise there anymore. I have given up trying to explain it to people who don't understand. Mostly this is because I rarely cross paths anymore with people who aren't avid readers like me.
It is perhaps ironic that the three people I consider my "best" friends are not avid readers at all, and were I stranded in all but one of their homes without cable or wifi, I wouldn't even be able to resort to reading because I can't remember the last time I saw a book in their possession.
One of the few downsides I find to being the kind of bookworm I am is that I sometimes find myself in that epically excited state that any fangirl or fanboy understands, but the object of my obsession is so unfamiliar to my audience that I alienate them rather than uniting them to my cause -- namely freaking out over some well-written masterpiece.
The last time this happened, I had just finished A Novel Bookstore (Laurence Cosse) and no one -- I mean no one -- had read it. Even my bookworm friends and my online circle of bibliophiles hadn't stumbled across it yet. In the course of four months, I bought more than five copies of it as present. By Christmas, I was finding it in every store I went through -- in the Staff Recommends section.
Apparently, I had read it early in its first American printing. By the time I was finished and obsessed, the booksellers were also reading it and putting it on their "picks" shelves. It was never a bestseller that I know of. It's from a specialty imprint, and it appeals to a specific audience: namely other readers like me.
I loved it.
But I got tired of the eye rolls I got from the unexcited and unreading.
It's a great feeling to share the love of a story with someone else but like anything else, rejection gets old quick.
There are definitely books out there I can fangirl over and have people jump on board with the enthusiasm of the a cosplayer at a comic convention.
Ender's Game is one. The Hobbit is another. Actually, a lot of these books fall into the sci-fi/fantasy section of most bookstores but I find them everywhere. And it always makes me wonder, just a little, how the moniker "geek" became so reviled because everyone I know seems to have a favorite in this genre even if they fit every other stereotype but "geek."
I've spent most of this spring reading and rereading books that I felt semi-luke warm about. Nothing really made me sit up and take notice. Nothing made me fangirl with enthusiasm though I have been recommending Room by Emma Donohue. A NYT Bestseller, it's getting a lot of press and traction and for once I think it's deserving. There's something incredibly compelling about it as a story, and its narrator is particularly fascinating to me as I have nieces and nephews that age right now. If you haven't read it, check it out.
Do you have a book that you regularly geek out about? Is there something that is your go-to recommendation? I'm always on the lookout for something new to excite me.
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