I’m always interested in how famous people answer that question.
The titles are usually so impressive… weighty tomes, classics, and always a foreign author (ala Gabriel Garcia Marquez) in the mix.
Hardly anyone famous admits to having “V is for Vengeance” on the nightstand.
Not me. I am entertained by Sue Grafton’s alphabet soup mysteries (especially the sound recordings). I discovered Sue (and John Irving, Laura Lippman, Louise Penny and so many more) the way I find all my books: at the library.
It’s like winning the lottery when I find my favorite authors waiting for me on the new books shelf.
And I love to find new authors I somehow missed learning about through book reviews.This year’s find was Jeffrey Eugenides. I picked up a sound recording of his book “The Marriage Plot.” It was 18 CDs, took me two renewals to get through it, and I liked it so much that I looked him up on the fiction shelves and found his Pulitzer Prize winner “Middlesex.” Liked that one even better.
I feel guilty that I don’t buy books very often. Then again, I can’t afford my reading addiction. I looked at my library account online recently; I’ve checked out 750 books since 2002, and probably 100 of those were sound recordings. That’s easily $10,000 saved.
I'm not a total literary cheapskate. I sprung for a Sunday New York Times subscription this year, and I have really enjoyed reading online all week and getting the magazine and Book Reviews on Sunday. I want to help authors make a living, so I’m buying some books as presents this year, and saving up for when Carol’s book comes out.
One of my Christmas gifts this year is a donation to my local library (which will be matched by my company thank you very much). I go there every three weeks and pick up at least 10 books, enjoy a few minutes of book talk with my favorite librarian. Of course her name is Marian. (Three points if you know that reference.)
My book mining has been in a drought lately. I'm number 675 on the wait list of "Gone Girl" and my luck has let me down, I need some new authors to fish for. What was your favorite book this year?
But before you comment, take a minute to watch this video about a library that won its fight against the Tea Party. It was one of my favorite stories this year.