Sourcing Stories

Sourcing Stories

I have recently discovered an interesting trend. I was exposed to many of my favorite books through close friends or family, either directly or indirectly.

  • George picked out Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce.
  • Anne of Green Gables and The Little House on the Prairie were both shown to me by teachers; the full series were stocked on classroom bookshelves.
  • I stole the first Harry Potter books from my brother.
  • My two home friends introduced me to Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series.

Just in the past few months, my friends recommended several fantasy books, all of which I loved and will need to add to my collection: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Waking Land by Callie Bates, and Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale.

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Suddenly my dispassionate love of bookstores makes sense! I adore the collection of books, the dry smell of ink and paper, the unexplored stories filling the shelves. Bookstores are as comforting and familiar to me as the scent of smoke from a bonfire. Yet I often feel a sense of detachment when I browse, as if I’m not sure where to go. Which books will bring me joy, which ones will be merely acceptable to fill in my time between my next love. Which ones will disappoint me?

For that reason, I am delighted my friends and family enjoy reading as much as I do, and that they kindly lend me the books they buy. It’s like having a delivery bookstore, perfectly curated to my tastes! The only downside is having to give them back. When I was home for the holidays, I raced through The Bear and the Nightingale. But I only made it halfway through the sequel by the time I returned to Maryland, and the book was promised to another. Agony!

Fortunately, I received a Barnes & Noble card from my Maryland family. I will definitely be using that gift to buy my own copies of Arden’s books. I also have a huge stack of books from Christmas. It helps when that’s all I put on my wish list. Agony swiftly turns to glee and cheer.

I hope your holidays were as rewarding as mine. If I’m lucky, next year will be more of the same: books and time spent in the company of loved ones.

Also, stay tuned for some changes coming to the site! For all my folks affected by the cold snap that busted through after New Year’s, I hope you’re staying safe, warm, and well-fed, maybe with a stack of your own new stories to keep you company.

My face upon opening presents and finding all books

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