So it’s summer. Which is great, because I’m tired of it being spring. As soon as people talk of spring, some asshole has to throw in the word ‘cleaning’ then I feel like I need to spend every free weekend washing floors and scrubbing dishes. But once summer hits, suddenly people start talking about reading and that whole nasty ‘spring cleaning’ idea is thrown out with as much grace as Courtney Love shows after a three day bender.
As someone who adores books in big ways, I love the idea of an entire season dedicated to reading. A morning curled up in bed with a thick novel, or spending an afternoon gently caressing the spines of carefully shelved books gives me a tingle up my leg. Beach days dedicated to trashy novels about shopping and shoes, road trips punctuated with classic read out louds and nights of sunburnt legs on cool blankets reading the latest non-fiction book recommended by your not so secret love- Jon Stewart.
Because I often get heart boners when discussing my favourite books, I’ve become someone who people go to when looking for recommendations. I have to admit- I read books like I tackle buffets- with reckless abandon and a willingness to try anything once. My shelves are crammed with laugh out loud biographies, political commentaries, sci-fi novels, thick classics, pink covered chick lit, grizzly mysteries, well-worn childrens books and an entire shelf dedicated to Malcom Gladwell because he is my personal Jesus.
I’ve decided to kick summer off with holding a book give-a-way. I will have a contest every week for the next three weeks. Each week will have two winners (because I hate contests with only one winner). The winners will receive a copy of my favourite book, with my fingerprints all over it. And if you are lucky, I will breathe on it before I send it off.
This week’s give away is one of my all time favourite books, The Girls’ Guide To Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks. To say that I love this book would be to say that I find Ryan Reynolds mildly attractive. It just does not CUT IT. I refuse to even try and sum it up because nothing I can say will do it justice. I will say it’s a book that made me want to write. In fact, it made me itch to write. So many of the lines in this short book echoed in me long after I first put it down. I’ve re-read it throughout the years, my copy is worn and highlighted- a stamp of my obsessive love for this piece of writing.
Want to understand my addiction? Leave a comment telling me what your favourite summer read is. I will make the draw next Thursday (June 16th). Already read this book? Come back next Thursday when I announce the second contest, where I will be giving away two copies of my absolute hands-down favourite *non-fiction book of all time.
I know. The excitement is palpable.
*I strongly believe that this non-fiction book is a book everyone should own. So strongly in fact, that if I was a bazillgazillionaire, one of the first things I’d do would be get everyone a copy of this book. After I cured all diseases, taught everyone to read and basically dropped a Mother Teresa bomb on the entire planet.
Contest closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!