Today’s Slice of Life was inspired by The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday feature. Usually Top Ten Tuesdays focus on book lists, but this week the focus is on readers. Writing this post, I was reminded how productive a provided title and a little bit of structure can be. I tried to share new, never-before-shared-on-the-blog facts this week, though since I love to boast about my tri-state library card collection, that had to be #1.
- I have library cards in three different states—and they’re big ones. (The states, not the cards. Those are normal size.) And in two of those states, I have two library cards, bringing my grand total to 5. I win, right?
- I typically have anywhere between ten and twenty-five books started.
- I used to have a bookish photographic memory and could picture a title I wanted to read by its position on the bookshelf. Now, I can’t even remember if I’ve already bought a book half the time. (Which makes me very grateful for Amazon’s reminders when I’ve already purchased a book.)
- I have kept a list of all the books I’ve read (minus picture books) since I was 15 years old.
- Don’t ever loan me a book: I almost never read books that are loaned to me, and I’m even worse about returning them.
- I don’t like to meet authors. It’s really awkward.
- The only room in my house that doesn’t have a bookshelf is the bathroom. Even the hallways have bookshelves.
- If I were to organize my bookshelves, I’d organize them by color. But I much prefer chaotic, disorganized shelves at home. You never know what you’ll find when you’re looking for something specific. (Never the thing I’m looking for—but something else interesting always turns up.)
- I have an aversion to bookmarks, especially the ones with ribbons or strings attached. I think large square single-color paint chips make the best bookmarks. For Mother’s Day, my son went to Ace Hardware and picked out a fat stack of new bookmarks for me. Best Mother’s Day present ever!
- My very first job was working in a bookstore. The best part was that employees could treat the bookstore like a library as long as we didn’t damage the books. The worst part was that I spent every paycheck I earned entirely on books.
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