Wow—talk about feeling the love! Thanks to all 115 (and counting) of you who finished the sentence, “You know you’re in book love when…”
Did you know there were so many fellow passionistas of the book? I wasn’t surprised, just delighted by the ingenious ways readers find to get their fix.
Picking five winners was tough, even using our questionable criteria, so I did what I always do when things are tough—I turned it over to a woman. In this case, to our able editor of Levenger Press, Mim Harrison. How she did it, I don’t know and am afraid to ask, but here are the winners, along with their award-winning completions of the sentence, “You know you’re in book love when…”
1. Epiphany Award: Beth Bolay
“…you finish a book and realize that it has changed your view of the world forever and that you will never live your life the same way again.”
2. Economic Stimulus Award: Jean M. Appleton
“…you are planning to put your house on the market because it no longer has enough wall space for all of the bookshelves you need to house your (still growing) collection.”
(Jean, could we interest you in our BookBoxes?–S.L.)
3. Plugged-In-to-Reading Award: Kimberly Reimann
“…you are currently reading 1) a Dickens classic on your Palm Device, 2) a Dennis Lehane thriller on your Kindle, 3) a YA fiction by Laurie Halse Anderson from the local library, even though I am 48, and 4) listening to the latest by Aravind Adiga on your iPod.”
4. Sit-Next-to-Me-on-the-Plane Award: Bill Baker
“…every book I read I leave on an airplane. I will write on the inside cover, ‘May this give you the enrichment it has given me, when you are finished with it, pass it on’.”
5. Apple for the Teacher Award: Jennifer Blair
“…you and your English teacher get so excited discussing favorite books and stories that you forget the rest of the class is there.”
As for this thing called book love, I invite all of you to share the love with friends who also might like to finish our sentence. We’ll keep the contest going, in the hopes of reaching an ever-wider circle of smitten readers.