Cross-posted from Fangs, Fur & Fey.
If you’re in the publishing industry, chances are you’ve noticed all the gloom and doom. The nasty sharp-toothed monster that is affecting our economy is definitely taking little bloody chunks out of the book industry as well. The news is even motivating a grass roots buy-a-book-for-a-gift campaign. You’ve probably seen it. Buy a book this weekend, just one.
Hey, any excuse to buy a book is excuse enough for me! You don’t have to ask me twice! And, anyway, when someone asks me what I want as a gift, I always say BOOKS. In fact, no one in my family even has to ask that question. My gift preference hasn’t changed since I was six.
So I’ve been “supporting my fellow authors” (hee!) by making sure I take trips to the bookstore every weekend to pick up a new book for my already towering TBR pile. (I swear that thing is going to tip over and smother me in my sleep one night. I really need to think about an eReader. Are you listening, Santa?) HEY, I have to do my part, right? Plus, I’m buying books as presents for the readers on my shopping list instead the other things I might ordinarily gift them with. I’m actually surprised my book buying hasn’t propped up the industry by now. I could probably do it single-handed.
The one person I never buy books for is my husband, however. He is not a reader (I love him despite this very major flaw). Worse, he doesn’t understand being a reader. So when he inquires about my towering TBR pile and asks why I’m buying MORE books he only shakes his head when I tell I’m supporting my industry. He equally doesn’t understand my normal (non-publishing-industry-in-peril) reasoning for buying more books while I still have books to read. That would be MOOD.
What I choose to read is at the whim of my mood. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a gritty suspense or horror novel that will make me want to hide under the covers. Or sometimes I want an urban fantasy that will sweep me away to another version of Earth, or an intricate historical fantasy that will make me marvel at the author’s imagination. Other times I want a highly romantic story that will make me sniffle and sigh.
The result is my own private library with a vast selection of books that I can pick and choose from. He’ll point accusingly to a novel on the bottom of the pile and say, “Hey, that one’s been there for a month!” I’ll respond by saying, “Its time hasn’t come, but it will. I just have to be in the right mood.”
So, what about you? Do you read by mood too? Or not so much?
ALSO: I have done all my bookmark mailings for WITCH HEART and I still have a box of bookmarks left. So, if you want a bookmark, just let me know!! Send me your mailing address per the contact form on my site and I’ll get one to you. If you work for a bookstore or otherwise send out authorly promo for some reason, I’m also happy to send to you. Thanks!