First, I'll write the easy post... the other post after this one is much harder.
Anyway, whenever I meet writers looking for an agent, they're amazed at the fact that I read published books on a regular basis.
"How can you read?" they ask.
"If I didn't read, I'd die," I answer with complete honesty.
Because the thing is, books are as essential to me as breathing is. I can't live without them, and trust me, my slush pile just doesn't cut it sometimes. Raw books, which I guess is the best term to call manuscripts in their unpublished form... they're wonderful to read and an essential part of my job. I spent part of last week totally digging a YA book, and ended up calling the author to offer her representation. But most of my slush reading is not as satisfying as that; I crave the polish of published prose that has been made incredibly shiny. I'm not sure if that makes sense to people, but it's how I feel.
So this year, for the first year since 2005, I'm going to actually bother to keep track of how many books I read. I'm not counting manuscripts, but ARCs are fair game. As long as it's handed to me in bound form, I count it as a book. That's how this game works, at least for me. =)
The books may or may not have little reviews attached to them, depending on my mood and whether I hated or liked a book.
I read because if I didn't, I wouldn't be me.
Books Read So Far:
1. HARUMI'S JAPANESE HOME COOKING by Harumi Kumihara
I can't really comment much on the cookbook, except to say that the tofu and eggplant gratin was not to my taste, and that the beef onigiri were quite good.
2. THE TEN PERCENT SOLUTION by Ken Rand
It's a very short book, and I had never read it.