I’ve been in a purging mood lately. I’ve always been a big believer that an uncluttered space leads to an uncluttered mind. When things start to pile up in my house, I grow edgy. That’s when I feel the tickle of little hands at the back of my neck. Whose hands? Well, the purging elves, of course. The little demons who tell me, “Clean up, for God’s sake, woman. We’re drowning in old books and paperwork. Throw something out!” When the purging elves dig their nails into my skin, nothing is sacred.
Lately I’ve been eyeing my book collection, thinking it’s time for a cull.
Yes, I hear you, fellow book hoarders. I feel your pain but now I ask you to feel mine. I store my old books in the basement on a few very large, cluttered shelves. That’s prime real estate in my house. I could renovate that area and make a comfy nook. Or I could start exercising and install some gym equipment there. (Yeah, that’s totally going to happen.)
But discard my books? After all, you don’t throw a book away, right? You might read it again.
Or will you?
You see, every time I stock my basement bookshelves, I say to myself, “This one’s a keeper. I’ll read it at least one more time.” Honestly, I rarely do. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve actually reread and those ones have a place of honor in my collection. The others? They were fun, but their time has come and gone. They weren’t bad books. They simply served their purpose. I absorbed their messages and don’t need to revisit them.
I’m always shocked and humbled when a reader tells me she reread one of my books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not insulting my own work. However, it’s such a pleasant surprise based on my rereading history. My assumption is, to reread a novel, it must have really spoken to the reader in some way.
What is that magic element for you? What makes you pick up a book for the second or even the third time? Is it simply because you enjoying living in that world and want to dwell there a little longer? I would love to know what makes you want to “hoard” a book.
In the meantime, I’ll be over here throwing things out…you know, everything except my books.
I have the best readers. Why? They tell me what they like. I’ve been so blessed to know people who comment on my posts and share what they’ve enjoyed about my books. Thank you.
I’m going to ask you all to compile your own “Rosanna Leo wishlist” and I promise I will take your wishes to heart.
As I finish up one series and contemplate another, I would really like to know what has worked for my readers and what hasn’t. So this is your chance to tell me what you’d like to see from me next.
If you could have me write anything, what would it be? Are you hoping a certain minor character will get a book of his or her own? Do you wish I’d write something completely different? Are there themes you’d like me to tackle?
It might seem odd that I’m asking, but the fact is I’ve been very much driven by what my readers seem to like. Sure, I do write what I need to write, but I also take into consideration what has appealed to you.
Want me to write a book about an elephant shape shifter? Tell me so! Want to see a book about sexy Canadian PM Justin Trudeau as a vampire? Say so! Interested in a romance about a mild-mannered accountant who likes quilting? Okay, I probably won’t write that one. Still, share your book dreams with me. If I can make them reality (within reason, you cheeky monkeys), I will do my best.
*Takes a step back.*