Bookstores can be dangerous
places. Seriously. I have to watch my
every move. One false step can change the course of my future. Pick up
the wrong book and bam, I’m sunk.
Choosing a book can have
long-term consequences. I have to be very
careful what I purchase because I have the tendency to be a bit
single-minded. To the point of insanity, really. You see, once I start
reading a particular author, I usually can’t stop until I’ve read all
of his or her books. Their entire backlist.
This is okay when I read authors
who have only ten or twelve books
published, not bad at all, a nice little distraction, but if I pick up
a novel written by someone who has fifty or more books published, I’m
moving into the long-term commitment category. It could take me months
to read them all, and I can’t concentrate on anything else until I’m
done. And I mean anything. And occasionally I don’t
the books the author writes. (I went through an awful Ian Fleming phase
that nearly killed me.)
Then when I’ve read all the
books published by authors I like, I
start counting days for their next book to come out. I check their
websites, ask around, and usually pre-order their newest releases from
my local bookstore. And then I wait anxiously for that special day to
arrive. Give me a book I’ve been waiting for and I can be done in a
matter of hours. I won’t eat or sleep or answer the phone until I’ve
turned that last page.
It’s odd because I’m not this
obsessive in other parts of my life. I
mean, my house is hardly ever tidy, my laundry is always piled up on
the laundry room floor. For goodness sake, I own three dogs. The dog
hair alone in my house would bring an OCD person to the brink of
hysteria, but when it comes to books, I have no control. I eat, breathe
and dream books.
Am I the only one with this
problem? Please tell me it’s not so . . .
Here are a few books that have
made my most anticipated releases list in the past few months:
Tosca Lee – Tosca’s first book Demon was so
eye opening and so powerful that I’ve been waiting for months for the
release of her second book. I’m glad I got in on the ground floor with
this author, my thanks to Michelle, who made sure that I didn’t miss
this amazing author.
The Bugman Series
by Tim Downs – I love Nick Polchak, the Bugman, and any mystery by Tim
Downs is an auto buy for me.
The Shape of Mercy
by Susan Meissner. I read everything by
Susan Meissner, and she has never once let me down. Be it mystery or
women’s fiction, Susan puts out beautiful, compelling novels filled
with characters and stories I can’t forget.
A Constant Heart
by Siri Mitchell. This is the first
historical I’ve seen from Siri, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it
and soak in the new genre. Siri is the rare author who can always
surprise me. Her books are all different but the thread that runs
through them is a fascinating story, compelling characters and a style
of writing that I absolutely love.
There are so many authors on my
auto-buy list, but I’m always
willing to make room for a few more. And once I’ve been won over, I am
a dedicated, if slightly obsessed fan for life.