Sunday, December 14, 2008

Books excite me...

I used to be an AVID reader. I mean AVID. If I wasn't reading a book there was a problem. I read early and proficiently as a kid, and my love of reading continues to this day. I also read very quickly. The last few years, however, I seem to have fizzled out on the reading. I read fiction--and if a book doesn't grab my attention in the first few pages, then I get bored. And the fiction of late apparently bored me. I want to be all eclectic and read cool stuff, but I find the eclectic stuff and the classics to be intimidating. I suppose the fact that I read so fast probably hinders my ability to appreciate the eclectic, or the classics, or genres that are unfamiliar territory for me (like sci fi and foreign subject matter........)If I have to read carefully or slowly to catch all the meaning, I also get bored...or I usually read fictionalized fluff (not the romance books....I DETEST the bosom heaver stuff). I read lawyer, doctor and mystery stuff mostly (which translates into a HUGE love for 'FORENSIC FILES'}

As a kid, Mythology really fascinated me. Maybe I ought to get some mythology stuff and read it. Even if it is for kids----since my patience level is not for the grad student caliber stuff.

Anyway, what is making me go on and on and on is that Son #1 works in the Customer Service area of Scholastic. You know when you were a kid and begged your mom to let you order stuff from the 'book order' flyer? Yeah, that's Scholastic. Scholastic has an employee book store. Employees and FAMILY can shop there!!! They sell thousands and thousands of books. For a pittance. Theys sell stamp pads, stickers and BOOKS. All the way from Infant to young adult (probably 8th grade????). I just went and spent $60 on books. Mr. Perfectly is going to DIE when he realizes how much I spent. BUT THEY ARE BOOKS......there is something about the smell of books. The feel of books. Knowing that you aren't just giving a kid something mindless. Reading is the KEY to everything. I bought Clifford books, Nascar Books, Nutcracker books.....I bought MAD LIBS for my adult brother! We used to LAUGH SO HARD growing up doing madlibs.

Books are just perfect. Perfect.

Anyway, I am not a sci fi fan---or a vampire fan (You all know where this is going? Huh??). But at the checkout area, there was a paperback version of "Twilight". I asked the cashier how much it was----and there was a limit of one per customer, but was .35. THIRTY FIVE CENTS. So I bought one. I don't know if I'm going to read it or if I'm going to give it as a gift......but anyway I JUST BOUGHT 'TWILIGHT' FOR THIRTY FIVE FREAKING CENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MelissaLion? Are your books published by Scholastic by chance? If so, I'm going to buy a bunch and have you sign them and give them to my nieces and nephews (when they are older, of course).

I bought a hardback DISNEY COOKBOOK for kids for $4.00. $4.00 was the most I spent on ANY ITEM. I bought extreme sports books for boys and 'The Jonas Brothers' books and 'Hannah Montana' for the girls. I got Board Books, I got Young Adult books for a nephew that's an advanced reader.

I am so excited I can't stand it. I want to read every book I just bought!!! Son #1was surly and angry that he had to endure my 40 minutes in the store. But, he agreed to take me to the next family night. OMG, I can't wait. I can't wait to give BOOKS to the kids in my family. Even if they ARE about the Jonas Brothers. Anything to get them to READ and ABSORB everything they can about whatever interests them.

Books. I'd like to spend several days naked in Barnes and Noble or even a library. Love the books.

Just LOOK at them!!

Oh, and as promised here is naked tree and decorated tree. He's pretty small and patchy, but he's pre lit and he fits in the corner.

That's all I've got for now. Of to shop w/ Perfectly's dad. He hates shopping and gets grouchy. Good times.



Dingo said...

I love, no LOVE, to read. I am going to hunker down with books over the holiday and read, read, read. I'm trying to convince Mr. Dingo that his only duty this holiday is to keep the cosmos and cookies flowing.

Pretty tree!

Kristen said...

I think Melissa is Random House but I'm not sure.

Books used to excite me. They really did. Then I got an MA in English and a job at a library and now books just piss me off.

I like to read smut now. And don't forget trash.

Trash and smut. Screw literature.

Daisee579 said...

I LOVE reading too!! I was that girl in law school who read a book while studying for exams, etc. Law school almost killed my love for reading, but it didn't. And I too love the mystery/lawyer/thriller crap. I've not been one to jump on many bandwagons, so I haven't read any of the Lord of the Rings or Twilight stuff.

It's so funny, because I used to want to be a school librarian. I wanted to be a librarian and a math teacher, but decided on school librarian to combine the two. I ended up opting out because I realized I wasn't going to get paid to read all the books. I might have ended up like Crissy and detesting real books :) But somehow instead I ended up a lawyer. I still read my legal thrillers and cop junk (and I used to be a secret closet fan of the smut, but I haven't read any in a while - Crissy says the good smutty stuff comes later in the Twilight series, so I may have to get on that bandwagon after all).

max said...

I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that girls and boys hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at

I also have a short story in a new book called LAY UPS and LONG SHOTS, published by Darby Creek Publishing. It's a Junior Library Guild selection. I'm also featured in an article in the 2009 edition of Children's Writer Guide.

My other books are all ranked by Accelerated Reader

Max Elliot Anderson

Perfectly Shelly said...

Dingo--as you'll see, I took your advice and the tree isn't WHITE. Although I still want a white tree with silver/brown/turquoise ornaments. Or a Pink tree with a Tiara as a topper.

Kristen--Damn--I thought books excited YOU too! I thought we could prance through your library NAKED with all those books.

Daisee--a LAWYER? Wow......did I know this and forget in your long absence (ahem)? I'm impressed that an edumacated soul would have any interest in my UN-edumacated one. BUT, I'M SHUUURRREEEEE glad you are!!!

Oh, and don't worry about the Daisy song.....I am one of those unfortunate people that get crap stuck in their brain and it won't GO AWAY---so somthing as simple as looking in my fridge and seeing Daisy sour cream also sets me off.....
Oh, and no reason to be jealous of Ms. Darkstar-------I have room in my life for MANY stalkers and stalkerees!!

MAX!!! An AUTHOR!! Another AUTHOR!! I get excited about authors---

I hope you will come back to visit!! I am a chatty site, and very un-literary, but hey--visit ANYWAY!!