Who Do You Read?

When I was younger, I used to take the occasional seasonal job for extra spending money/extra gift money. Once I took a job as a perfume girl at Macys (quite fun and I learned where the secret stash of gift sets were; however it is impossible to recreate a scent of 60+ different brands when someone asks what you're wearing. I'm wearing the entire freakin' counter, man. That's what happens when you spray perfume samples for people for hours). Another job was helping stock the new Barnes and Noble store when it moved to a larger/stand-alone building. 


The interview process was a mass interview, with probably 200 people being asked questions at the same time. It was very easy to distinguish the book lovers from those who were just looking for an extra job. This was accomplished with one simple question: "Who do you read?"


It's obvious when someone who doesn't read tries to answer this question. They either try for a vagueness "Oh, there's just so many..." or "The same as everyone else already said." For book lovers, this is a question we love to answer. It's the chance to bond with someone over a favorite author, or perhaps let people in on a lesser-known author that has made an impression on you. 


At the time, I was on a Margaret Atwood kick, having just finished The Robber Bride. Throughout the years, I've discovered many more favorites: Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Douglas Coupland, Christopher Moore. Each of them has a fantastic knack for world-building, blending social commentary with engageable characters and memorable plotlines. And there is nothing quite as joyous as wandering thru a bookstore, only to discover one of your favorite authors has a freshly-released book you didn't think was out yet. I've spent my fair share of nights staying up with a new book (or in later years, with a freshly downloaded book on my Kindle), having already accepted the fact that I was going to stay up all night reading even though the next day was a workday. There are some things that are just more important. 


I hope you all have a great day, and I hope you find your next book that is worthy of losing a night's sleep. Talk to you soon!