I love books. I love the smell of them, the feel of them, and I love libraries. When I was a kid, I couldn't wait until it was my turn to do library duty because I loved books so much. When I was in New York, I read a lot more. Being on a subway for 45 minutes was 45 minutes of pure reading joy, but I find it harder, or rather, I have more excuses for not indulging in the written word these days. Unless you count Anne Marie Pace's "Vampirina Ballerina" or Andrea Beaty books (which are wonderful, by the way), I haven't really been doing much physical reading, unless you count real estate contracts and disclosures, reading.
Today I would like to celebrate National Book Lovers Day by mentioning RVA's wonderful literary culture. Thanks to bookstores like Chop Suey, Fountain Bookstore, BBGB for providing unique titles, local authors, readings, history lessons, children's literature, and just great places to hang out with literary content. I want to give a special shout out to local authors, Ward Howarth (River City Blues), congrats on being Richmond Magazine's "Best Local Author with a New Book" and congrats to Miss Valley Haggard for "The Halfway House for Writers" I cannot wait to delve into this. These are two people I've grown up with here in Richmond and it's inspiring to see them accomplish what I have wanted to do all my life. Maybe I'll get off my ass and actually do it now. I have to mention Slash Coleman, "The Bohemian Love Diaries". The way that Slash tells a story always touches my soul. I relate to him as a writer and he is one of my favorite storytellers because there's something very empathetic about how he writes that I just love.
Take today, carve out a little moment of time, and sit with your favorite book or you can enjoy these fun facts I have about my book experiences:
- SOMEONE has my Neil Gaiman "Good Omens" book. Never let people "borrow" books, best to just give them because you won't be seeing them again! I obtained this favorite while working at Cinema n' Drafthouse from a bartender. It is one of my favorite books.
- When asked, "what places do you find sexy", my immediate answer is Libraries, old, beautiful libraries.
- I have three dedicated books when reading: 1 - The Bathtub Book - (currently and coincidentally, "American Gods", by Neil Gaiman. 2 - The Bedside Table Book (currently Valley Haggard's "The Halfway House for Writers") and 3 - the Travel/Beach/Pool Book (currently, nada since I haven't been anywhere or done anything this Summer!)
- When I was in 5th or 6th grade I brought home books on the occult and exorcisms. My mom immediately threw them outside and told me to never bring such evil in the house again. So I read about it at the library.
- I love to be read to by men and I found through the years that men loved to be read to.
- I have many genres I favor. I love a good fantasy novel. I have an affinity for young adult books, I have no shame in indulging in a good emotionally charged, tragic coming of age romance that may or may not involve mystical creatures. I have to say my favorite is memoirs. There's nothing richer than reading about how someone else lived.
- I've been completely ignored for books before. If i had written a novel on my body, he probably would have realized my story was more interesting.
- I've had a few people sign books for me. Funny thing, the only one that made me gush was an art book. Thank you, Mark Ryden. I'm coming after you, Mr. Gaiman!
- My favorite autobio is Miles Davis. If you haven't read this, you'll love it.
- My favorite book as a kid was "A Wrinkle in Time". My favorite book as an adolescent was anything by Anne Rice. The book that got me into enjoying English class was Nathaniel West, "Miss Lonelyhearts" and to this day is one of my faves. The book that I resembles my life the most is "The Joy Luck Club".
- The majority of my reading growing up was through comic books.
- My favorite place to read in Richmond is Libby Hill in Church Hill.
- I have never read "To Kill a Mockingbird". Yeah, I know...
- I won a bookmark contest in 4th grade. I got a McDonald's watch and a letter from Ronald Reagan. I should have started questioning then...artist? writer? Hmmm...
What are your book stories? Hit me up on Facebook and let's chat!