Is it just me or can you relate to this? Have you ever felt happiness well up in your chest when you find out that one of your favorite authors has a new book coming out? Do you ever feel like that or is it just me?
I can tell you that my chest fills with heartache. Not heart break, but heartache. Yes, joyous, bursting heartache! I can’t wait to rush out and find the beautiful book on a bookstore shelf and take the copy that sits in the very back, way behind the other copies. I want the one book that hasn’t been picked up by some ignorant person, flipped through and then set back on the shelf.
No, I want the unopened book. I want to be the reader that creases the spine. I want to leave my finger prints on the pages and let my eyes trail over the fresh words. I want to be connected to my writer’s thoughts.
It’s a private thing, you know, books and their readers. There almost nothing that compares to the relationship between a good book and the one who enjoys it. It’s almost intimate the way our eyes touch every word, drawing out the story line-by-line. Our hands curve and cradle it like it’s precious; our fingers turn every page in anticipation until the images grow in our mind’s eye and a different world appears before us.
Books were made for lovers, you know, but not for the monogamous. Sometimes they will satisfy you for a week or maybe a month but hardly forever. Some are so amazing that you can’t put them down and before you know it, morning has come, the book is finished and you are tired from a one night stand.
But great writers always leave us wanting more. We may move on to other authors, we’ll peruse short stories or magazine articles. We are hungry for another connection because good writing is addicting. Too soon, we find ourselves yearning for the next good story and that’s why I get so excited when one of my favorite authors publishes a new book. I look forward to the reconnection over a new adventure. I’m hungry for good writing.
So, if you aren’t reading any good books now, it should be your mission to find one. Don’t give up on your search for the next good read… I can promise it’s out there waiting for you.
And as a side note, if you ever get a chance to meet an author you’ve enjoyed, don’t pass it up. Tell them that their hard work is appreciated. Tell them that you’ve enjoyed their story and look forward to the next adventure.
Brandon Paul owns notebooks. Lots of them. In every size. And in these notebooks, he writes. In 2014 he used these notebooks to write every day of his 38th year; in 2015 you’ll get to read this book. Stay tuned.