If you lived close by I wonder if we’d be friends. Would we meet for coffee on these dusky mornings or rendezvous for lunch midday? Maybe I’d keep your kids for you when you had a doctor appointment, or we’d take that painting class together we’ve always thought about. One thing I know for sure, if you were my in real-life friend? We would share books!
There is nothing more beautiful than people who love words sharing good conversation about the spectacular bundles of them they’ve enjoyed of late. One lovely thing about the almost-empty nest is I’ve been able to read the books that I want to read lately. After so many years working as book editor for The High Calling, and then more years as a content editor, my reading time is finally wide open. Right now, I’m re-reading Women Who Run with the Wolves, dipping into Deep Play, and swooning over Mahmoud Darwish’s The Butterfly’s Burden. I’ve just barely begun Seth Haines’ beautifully written Coming Clean and I just finished my friend Rachel’s sweet novel Goodbye Lover (the kindle version is just $1.99 today!) I’m also a couple chapters in to Dan Allender’s Sabbath.
Before the year is over, I want to read more fiction. When we were at the book festival together, Sam Smith told me about a fourth book in the Wilderking Trilogy (I know, how does a fourth book fit into a trilogy?) that I’m planning on checking into. I read those books with Teddy so many years ago and we adored them. I have a list of to-be-read books as long as my arm. I was thinking of doing something drastic like agreeing not to buy any new books until I’ve read everything in my stack. But that’s so drastic.
Anyhoo, my point being, if you lived near by, wouldn’t it be fun to swap good reads? I’d gobble up a story and slide it in its slick jacket across the table to you one morning over coffee.
“You have to read this,” I’d say. You would pick it up and smell its papery smell (that’s the first thing anyone should do with a new book) and leaf through its bulky pages. Next time, you’d do the same for me and before long, we’d have a regular exchange. I wouldn’t be able to read a book without thinking, “I know she’s going to love this one!”
Long story short, why can’t we do that anyway? When I finished Rachel’s book the other day, I wished I had someone to share it with. So I’ve decided to share it with you! Well, one of you, anyway. And then, if you’d like to pay it forward, well, all the better. I’m giving a way a short stack of gently used books to one person who comments on this post. I wish I could swap books with you all. Only one condition: after you read, let’s have a virtual cup of coffee and chat about the stories, okay? Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
I’m giving away well loved copies of:
All good reads. These books are doing no one any good just sitting on my bookshelf. Just leave a comment for a chance to win what I’m calling “The Girlfriend’s Short Stack.” I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday, November 4.
This post is part of my 31 Days of the Almost Empty Nest series. I’m writing in community with the thirty-one dayers. Women all over the world are joining together in the month of October to write every day about something they’re passionate about. Check out some of the other writers here. So much good stuff. To read my first post, with links to all the days, go here.Don’t forget to stop by this post for a chance to win some signed copies of S.D. Smith’s children’s books.