Troubling Thought Isn’t It?

BY COLLETTE CAMERON

The-Earl's-EnticementI just added three more books to my to-be-read list today.

I honestly don’t know how many I have saved to my Kindle or jotted on the little notebook I keep for those “great finds.”  Then, there is my IPad, plus all the print books I have stacked on my nightstand and in my writing room bookcase.

I finally forced myself to purge my print novels a few years ago. I only kept about fifty hardbacks, and truthfully, I’ll likely never reread the ones I’ve already read. There are just so many additional tantalizing stories begging me to crack their covers open and dive in.

I think the convenience of eReaders has contributed greatly, not only to my ever-increasing to-be-read list, but other avid readers’ lists as well. The books are easy to store and are certainly less expensive to purchase, though I do love a print novel in my hands.

Like most authors, I’m an ardent reader. In fact, I don’t know a single author who isn’t. I know it was my love of reading that laid the foundation for me to eventually try my hand at writing. I have a book in my car and carry my Kindle nearly everyplace I go, because if I’m not writing, I’m reading. I even read while I watch TV.

Drives my hubby nuts!

Today, while my third grade class was at the pool for swimming lessons, I dutifully corrected papers, wrote parent thank yous, perused the end-of-the-year check-list and made some notes. Glancing at my watch, I discovered I had eight whole minutes remaining until the shivering darlings darted to the locker rooms.

Out came the Kindle.

At once, I was deeply immersed in a delightful Regency, and since I was 94% through the book, things were moving along quite nicely. Then, I got the oddest feeling someone was reading over my shoulder. Sure enough, I turned around, and one of my students who had a cold and couldn’t swim today, was busily reading away.

He grinned at me, and I felt myself blushing. Thank goodness there was nothing on the screen an eight year-old shouldn’t see. What an unpleasant thought, but that’s not the one I was thinking of when I started writing this.

So, what is the troubling thought?

At the rate I’m adding books to my reading shelves, I may never read them all before I cock up my toes. I’d like to die trying though.

How many books do you have on your must read list? Be honest now.

I’m not going to judge you!


Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching.  A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

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