Tag, I’m it

Total number of books I own:
I have a couple hundred books in paperback form. I used to have more, but just before we moved out of the States, our downstairs flooded, and I lost ten years worth of books. We had a whole library down there. Go on; you can cry. Lord knows I did.

I have another couple hundred ebooks. Does that count? I think it does. I actually prefer ebooks because I love the instant gratification. I hate waiting a month for Amazon to bring me something I desperately want to read. By the time I get it, I might be in the mood for something else!

Last Book I bought:
Pretty sure it was Dionne Galace’s Skin to Skin.

Last Book I read:
Honestly, it was Good Touch. I busted my ass last week (and the week before), getting it ready to pitch, so it’s all I’ve been reading lately. My current read is Hunter’s Moon by Lori Handeland, but it’s irking me because I don’t have Blue Moon. I hate knowing other books have come before, and I don’t have all the info.

Five books that mean a lot to me:
1. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
This is the first book that convinced me vampires don’t always suck. I’m not a fan of vampires (hell, I thought Interview was a pretentious pile, that Louis needed a good bitch-slapping, and LeStat should’ve been staked), but I loved this book in ways I can’t even articulate. It’s the only book in a long, long time that I could’ve turned around and read again, right after finishing it. And I never do that.

2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
I read this book to my kids before bed until just recently. And then they started reading it back to me. It means a lot for obvious, squishy Mom-reasons.

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This was the first sci-fi title I ever enjoyed. Before, I had only been exposed to dry, technical junk that bored the crap out of me. But hello, this was wry, funny, inventive and wonderful. It opened a lot of doors for me. And now, knowing there shall be no more comic masterpieces forthcoming from Mr. Adams, this becomes even more special, touched by bittersweet.

4. Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams
For me, this was a courtship novel. When I was first talking to Andres long-distance, we had limited ways of sharing experiences. Reading books and talking about them was one thing we could do together. He recommended this book, so I bought it and read it. And it was wonderful. But what was more wonderful was talking about it with him, discussing the concepts, and why they resonated. It was like getting a tiny piece of the way his mind worked.

5. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
I cannot read this book to this day without crying. The reasons behind it are just too personal to share. But it has a very special role in my story Seven Days. If you buy Boundless, I bet you’ll sniffle a little bit too.

Tag 5 people:
Lauren Dane, Carrie Lofty, Lainey Bancroft, Erica Ridley, and Jeri Smith-Ready.

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