I really really really love how a good book makes you forget you are reading and makes you say, “Oh, I’ll do it in the morning,” when you realize you were supposed to pack over an hour ago, and even though you KNOW you are not a morning person.
I am really not a morning person. And I really was supposed to pack my bag for Saturday and Sunday in Fayetteville, including one visit to church, which means ironed clothes, not just something I pull out of the laundry basket (the clean one, that is), and one night out with a friend of my friends which means clothes that look like I put some thought into them, not just something I pull out of the laundry basket (yes, still the clean one). But instead of ironing and packing tonight, I read. I read a book I could not put down.
And truly, I forgot I was reading. I was just immersed in the life of the characters: watching them, easedropping on their conversations, praying for that kiss right along with them. God, I LOVE a good book! And this was just a DAMN good book.
Funnily enough, it was a book I never would have read if I hadn’t started writing. It was the second book of Claire LaZebnik’s (both the second she published and the second I read, though I read her last one first and still have read the first one): Knitting Under the Influence. I honestly have not been so mesmerized by a book since Pride and Prejudice or Harry Potter. And yes, I feel no shame in putting Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter in the same league. Both excellent, wonderful, beautifully written stories. But back to Mrs. LaZebnik. I only found her because I was looking to support other authors, as you may remember from my post about Judging a Book by It’s Cover. And today, I was sitting in Barnes and Noble, typing away the handwritten pages I had collected over the past week for TDE and I needed to use the restroom. On the way back to my table, I happen to walk through the aisle where I found The Smart One and The Pretty One back in January. And lo and behold, right there beside it, Knitting. It wasn’t there last time. I liked Smart/Pretty, but I LOVED Knitting! And I never would have thought to pick it up in the bookstore if I hadn’t written my own book and wanted to support other people out there like me trying to “live the dream.”
You want to know something else that’s funny? Immediately upon completion, I felt the urge to write. I was literally compelled. I said out loud, “I need to write,” grabbed a notebook from the bed/nightstand beside me, fumbled around in my laptop bag for a pen and started journaling. It probably would have been more productive if my immediate desire had been to work on TDE, but all writing is practice, even if it is just writing for yourself, to work out your own feelings. (And I know you are all probably scratching your heads about the bed-slash-nightstand thing, but take my word for it, you don’t want the long explanation.)
Also, and this is pretty hilarious, my mom walks into my room at some point looking for something and she asks what I’m reading. I show her and she says, “I think I’ve read that.” I’m all like, “Okay, whatever,” and go on with my reading. About half an hour later she comes back in with a list in her hand and asks me the author’s name. I tell her, she finds it on her list and reads off the title. Yep, she’s read it. She owns a copy! She bought it at a yard sale! But, if she had ever asked me to read it, I probably would have said no. I don’t know why, but I don’t like to read books that other people tell me to read. I just re-read this and realized it doesn’t sound hilarious, but I still find it amusing, personally.
And now it’s past midnight, I’m all jacked up on my reading-a-good-book high, I still haven’t packed, and still have no desire to pack. Guess I’ll just be running late in the morning.