I’d like to let you in on a little secret: Just because you know me, doesn’t mean I expect you to read my books. Most people who know me haven’t read my books and that’s okay.
But please, PLEASE don’t tell me WHY you’re not reading it, because THAT is awkward. I shouldn’t have to tell you that “it’s okay” or “I understand”.
I do understand that you’re a) short on time b) reading books more worthy of your attention c) haven’t read anything more challenging than the back of a cereal box in the past decade. As long as you’re okay with those things, it’s okay with me.
Worse than the “I haven’t read your book” is the declaration “I’ve started your book” that’s never followed up. It makes me wonder if you thought my book was so bad that you used it to line your hamster’s cage.
Even worse than that, is the, “I read your book” statement. What am I supposed to do with that? Go fishing for a compliment and ask, “Did you like it?” or “What did you think of it?”. My usual, “thank you” seems woefully inadequate, but quite frankly if you don’t say anything good about it, I assume you didn’t like it and wonder if I should say “I’m sorry” instead of “thank you”.
Confession time: There are tons of books I haven’t read either. And yes, I feel guilty about the ones written by the authors I know. It’s not that I don’t think their books are worthy, it’s that there are a finite number of hours in the year and the majority of mine are spent writing, not reading. Sadly, it seems the more I write, the less I read.
Speaking of my books, I’m very excited that the second book in my CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN series will be out in October…which is why I’m so busy writing and not so busy reading!
Now tell me: What books ARE in your To Be Read pile? What new releases are looking forward to? What’s the best book you’ve read recently?