What is the strangest thing you’ve done for the love of reading?
I once read a book… half an hour at a time, 20-30 pages at most, for two weeks…in a bookshop! I’d come, read a bit, sigh at how expensive it was and leave… After two weeks somebody bought the book. Can you imagine my despair? I had almost finished it. Luckily, two things happened the following day: a new copy arrived and my pay check got through.
I just adored ‘ Reading Quirks’ by Javier García del Moral, Andrés de la Casa Huertas and Laura Pacheco and couldn’t help sharing this discovery with my bookloving tribe.
This is a series of vignettes on strange things we do for the love of books. The characters are cute and come from all walks of life. You are bound to find the situations described in this collection all too familiar:
Have you ever…
- waxed lyrical about the merits of a book to a total stranger who might or might not have been interested?
- been desperate because you lost a book you were just about to finish?
- found irresistible the smell of a new book?
- packed way too many books in a suitcase (and left out most clothes)?
- liked the book so much that you felt sad that you were about to finish it?
- realized you love somebody because they get your reading habits?
For some of them I thought: No, surely not. Actually, let me think…Yes, I have done that.
I know some of my friends are going to find these pictures irreverent. I love you for the respect you pay to your books and the way you treat reading not as a pastime, but almost as a religion.
My favourite vignette?
Thank you to Edelweiss and Deep Vellum Publishing for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Title: Reading quirks
Authors: Javier García del Moral, Andrés de la Casa Huertas, Laura Pacheco (illustrations)
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Expected date: October 8th 2019