Who knows what Twitter will ultimately become, but recently it surprised and delighted me when I posted this question: “You know you’re in book love when.…” Here are some of the responses:
“…you want to read aloud to whoever will listen!”–twitter.com/hchybinski
“…you recommend it to everyone even strangers.”–Sara Anderson @DIYSara
“…you stay up all night to finish in one sitting with no concern about how hard it will be to get through work the next day.”–Ridge Walker @ridgewalker
“…you read your friend's birthday present b4 he gets it.”–@rufalena
…you think the only thing better than going to sleep with a good book…is with a man who's just read one.”–Molly Block @mollyblock
Now I’d like to cast this book-love net wider, to readers of this Well-Read Life blog, and offer Levenger prizes for the most captivating completions to that sentence.
Book love defined
Just to make sure we’ll all on the same page, I describe book love as that feeling you get when you can’t wait to get back to your book. As I describe in my Little Guide, book love is a lot like romantic love. It’s a feeling, while you’re going about your workaday duties, of being beckoned by your book so the two of you can be together again. That’s a very good feeling.
You’ve been in book love before, or else you wouldn’t be reading this. But are you in book love at this very moment?
Be honest now—how frequently are you reading a book you can’t wait to get back to?
If you answer ‘all the time,’ my hat’s off to you, and I ask you to please pass on some of your techniques to readers here. If you answer, ‘not as often as I’d like,’ then perhaps you can learn with the rest of us how to get more captivating books in our lives.
I’d like always to be in book love because for me, it means I’m learning. Whether I’m reading fiction, history, biography, science or whatever, I want to be drinking from that fountain of learning for the rest of my days. For me, learning is the ultimate luxury.
So in this spirit, I ask you, dear reader, to complete the sentence. The three most worthy responses in the sole opinion of our judges (see rules below) will win valuable Levenger prizes.
- This contest is a thinly veiled plot to inspire people to rise up and get more books in their lives.
- Winners are chosen by our totally biased and non-independent judges who work at Levenger. Levenger staff members and their families are eligible to win (but won’t).
- Submissions become the property of Levenger because we intend to use them for shameless commercial purposes. Please supply your full name so we can credit you (with honor, not money).
- Management takes full responsibility for the consequences, including the theft of whatever you leave on the Levenger coat rack or in our parking lot.