Thursday, January 23, 2020

What am I reading?

Many people want to know: What am I reading?

Well, sometimes Marcus the former teen librarian asks me, on the somewhat rare occasions I see him, and two or three times a patron has inquired "What are you reading?" Yes, that's only two or three times over the course of 25 years working here, so just about once every eight years. But it's probably a tip of the iceberg thing and loads of people are going around simply dying to know what I'm reading. They're just too shy to ask.

Well today I have an answer, and nobody has to even ask!

I am reading How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry, or I'm planning on it. I'm bringing it home from the library tonight for the express purpose of reading it.

Why am I reading it?

I'm so glad you asked.

I was shelving up in the fiction area and an old lady needed help seeing if we had a book. I helped. Spoiler alert! We didn't have it. Curses! So then she wanted me to recommend a mystery for her. I told her I needed a point of reference; what mysteries has she liked in the past? Then she said "Have you ever read How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry! It's wonderful. You must read it!"

I said "Is it a mystery."

She said "No."

Then she said she really likes Dick Francis mysteries.

I love Dick Francis mysteries, so we enthused about them for a little while. Then I suggested Tony Hillerman based on the Dick Francis comments. She was really interested so she immediately dashed off to get something else entirely.

So I went back to shelving. Next up for shelving was a fiction book by Cristina Henriquez. I searched the shelf for its spot and there, staring right at me, was How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry!

Oh    My   God!

Who am I to laugh at destiny? Even if it's an extremely tiny bit of destiny.

So I figured I'd better try and read it.

It's supposed to be heartwarming.

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