Those of you who read my blog know that I absolutely LOVE to give away free books! I give away boxes upon boxes of books, and it really is such a pleasure for me to make other bibliophiles so happy (speaking of which, our next giveaway will be next week, when we give away two-- yes, two!-- copies of Wendy Nelson Tokunaga's MIDORI BY MOONLIGHT).
Well, karma has a funny way of working, because I recently found four boxes of books! Four glorious boxes, filled to the brim with lovely books-- many of which were on my to-be-read list!
Let me explain: my father is a real estate developer. Right now, he's building a beautiful project out on Long Island called Stone Hill at Muttontown. To sell these fabulous houses, he always builds a model home, which is fully furnished and fully decorated. The interior decorator buys books by the foot from the famous Strand Bookstore in Manhattan in order to fill the library and the various bookshelves around the house. (Gotta make this model home look smart!)
The other day, my brother found some extra books that the decorator never got around to using. Four boxes of books, to be exact. FOUR BOXES OF BOOKS!!! So, needless to say, he offered the boxes to me, and I just about passed out.
I love books. The smell of them, the feel of them. There's nothing quite like cracking open a new book and being transported to another place and time. I immediately picked up Alice Hoffman's PRACTICAL MAGIC, a book that's long been on my to-be-read list, and started reading! (And, yes, needless to say, it's nothing short of amazing.)
Doncha' just love karma?