I never want to admit this, because I consider myself an avid reader, but I'm in a bit of a slump. My motivation to turn pages every night is gone. Why? I'm not even sure. I've picked up several highly-touted books and, regrettably, have found myself leaving the dust jackets intact. I don't even have a current bookmark. In times past I've been known to use old receipts, gum wrappers, business cards, and occasionally a watermelon Airhead. It pains me to say I have yet to use a bookmark in 2010. I haven't ventured far enough within a book to a point where I'll forget where I am (usually chapter 3 or 4.) Certainly I'm only stating the obvious, but in order to even consider myself as an author, I have to read books. What's a chef without a whisk? A mathematician without an abacus? An ogre without a donkey? Nothing. So goes the title of author without a book to read. As you can see, this is shaping up to be a devastation.
I need help. I'm willing to pay (sort of) for assistance. In exactly one week, I'm heading on a vacation and I fully intend on packing a book or two for the trip. As it stands, I have no idea of what to bring. This is where you (or y'all for my southern readers) come into play. Recommend a book for me. I can't do this without you. I need to break out of my slump and I believe you have the answer. Recommend the book I choose and I'll send you a signed copy of The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters and Hashbrown Winters and the Mashimoto Madness.
It doesn't matter what genre your favorite book falls under. It might be important to add though, I have a slightly partial leaning toward suspense and/or middle grade fiction. But I'm open to anything if your recommendation is spot on. Tell me why you love this book. Then tell me why I'll love this book. Will I get lost within the pages? Will I feel the need to linger in my room whilst the world around me plays, to experience just one more chapter? Will this book make my list of top 5 all time? That's what I want and like I said, I'm willing to pay out a reward. I know authors will visit this blog from time to time and my suggestion to you, whoever you are, would be to sell me on your book, but don't be offended if I opt for an alternate route. The contest runs until Friday at 8:00 p.m. I will then hurry out to the book store on Saturday to make my purchase.
I'm excited! I love books and I love reading books! I just need to be reminded with an outstanding recommendation. Please help. Ready... set... go!