Things I am supposed to do today:

• Finish outlining my WIP
• Blog
• Take care of the dog
• Go to a fancy Valentine’s dinner with Andy

Things I have actually done so far today:

• Read Suzanne Collins’ AMAZING book The Hunger Games

For 5.5 hours, her book, her world, her characters are all that were on my mind. I raced through the pages, and even now that I’m “done,” I know I need more. I will probably beg Andy to go to Barnes & Noble tonight after dinner so I can buy and devour Book 2, Catching Fire. And then I will pathetically count down the days until Book 3, Mockingjay, comes out.

And that sense of urgency? Of addiction? Maybe that’s another answer to the question I asked in my previous post. Why write? To drive readers mad. To make them crazy with emotion, excitement, and anticipation. To satisfy them, even while making them long for more.

Because if anyone ever feels about my books the way that I feel right now about Suzanne Collins’, then you know what? I done good.

Now the great thing about books is that there’s something out there for every kind of reader. Maybe you have no interest in teenagers fighting to the death on reality television in a dystopian future (seriously? no interest? none at all? but it’s so good! okay fine, I’ll stop) but maybe you devour memoirs like Eat, Pray, Love. Or great literary fiction. Or Civil War novels. Or romantic Amish paranormal thrillers! I dunno, but whatever it is, it’s out there, and its writers desperately want you to read it.

With that in mind, I’m going to start buying at least 1 new (not used) book a month. Either for myself or as a gift for a friend. So for about $15 a month, I can support writers, support the publishing industry, and most importantly, support reading. Maybe it’s cheesy of me, but I do believe this world would be a happier (& smarter) place if everyone got lost in a great book more often.

By the end of tonight I will have purchased 2, which I guess makes up for missing January. First up, of course, is Catching Fire. Second is the fabulous Kiersten White’s debut book Paranormalcy, which I pre-ordered on Amazon. (Actual release date is Sept 21.)

Of course I’d love for all of you to join me in my little book-loving campaign, but even if you don’t, I want to know: What would you buy if you were going to? What books have you been dying to read? Or what have you read in the past that got you all revved up like this? Let me know in the comments!

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