On this rainy April day, we are all hoping for the promised sun tomorrow. Again, I feel the way I did on the cold and snowy day back when we started the Aria Blog. I want to go home and curl up on the chair with the throw and read. I am less than hundred pages from finishing, ‘Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This is the first time that I have ever re-read a book. I read this book as an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) in either 2003 or 2004. I am reading it again because it is our book club pick for the month. I have to say, it is keeping my attention as much as it did the first time. I can remember bits and pieces, but yet I can’t remember the ending. I am hoping to be done by tomorrow. This book is good for men and women. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s new book, ‘Angel’s Game, will be out in June. They say it is a semiprequel to ‘Shadow of the Wind’. There are similarities, but I wouldn’t say it is a prequel or even a semiprequel.
Now on to the struggle to pick the next book to read. Do I pick an ARC or do I pick a paperback to preview for book club? What about a hardcover? Old or new? The anticipation of picking a book is fun, but as a bookseller I feel pressure on picking the one I can hand sell. I have read so many ARC’s this year so far, that I should read something that is on the top sellers list.
Sometimes I feel I don’t read fast enough. Over the years of owning the bookstore I have become a faster reader. My problem is that I am not always reading just one book. For instance, last night I chose to read, ‘Crops in Pots’. I am interested in having a garden in pots this summer on my porch ie. tomatos, herbs, beans and peas. I read this how-to book instead of my novel. This happens much more than I realize. I tell my customers what a slow reader I am, but now the light bulb has come on. I have read many self-help books over the years. I’ve read many health and fitness books in my quest to become slim, during my divorce I read several books on recovery and becoming my own person, and who can deny themselves at purusing through the cook books of all types?. There is also not a day that goes by that I am not studying the lastest top sellers, reading blurbs on up and coming titles, or reading the gossip on the big book companies. I always thought that being a bookseller I would be able to sit here and read all day. Honestly, I have done that maybe twice in the last 6-1/2 years, and those two days were snow storms. Granted, I have been able to read a chapter here and there, but nothing like I dreamed before opening the store.