Monday, September 15, 2014

Of All The Books In All The Stores & Libraries In All The World...

I get dizzy when I go into bookstores and libraries. Physically dizzy.

Granted, I do have vertigo but I don't think that's necessarily what sets me off every time. I think it's the limitless possibilities I see in front of me, the stacks and piles of books that I couldn't plow through in an entire lifetime even if I dedicated every minute that I have to just reading.

And yes, there's an element of bittersweetness to that. I'm highly aware that I won't ever make it through my TBR pile, and that if my tombstone listed all the books I wanted to read but didn't get to it would be bigger than the Washington Monument. That makes me a little bit sad, but it's also a testament to the nearly inexhaustible choices all readers have.

And of all those books, quite a few of you have picked me.

Awwwww....

No, seriously. I'm not lying when I say that I sometimes walk into bookstores with full intent to find my stock and sign it, then I end up browsing, reading, lounging, buying, and walking back out having never even glanced at my own book. And I'm the author.

So HUGE thanks to everyone that went into a bookstore or library with the intention of picking up something with my name on it, and equal thanks to anyone that browsed, spotted my cover, read the flap and thought, "Sure, I'll give this McGinnis girl a try."

You're awesome.

6 comments:

Leandra Wallace said...

Great post! Slightly bittersweet, but also lots of awesome. =)

Marin McGinnis said...

Brilliant post. It came awfully close to making me cry.

Frank Verdun said...

Not only have I picked you once over thousands of available choices already, the first time on a whim, but from now on I'll pick yours over any other new release every time you put a book one out.

Marvin Dittfurth said...

I have felt that way about used bookstore. Love the smell of the old books and cannot keep myself from multiple purchases. One of the highlights of going to Portland, Ore was the big bookstore there.

Mindy McGinnis said...

Thank you, all! It's been a wonderful experience for me from all of my perspective as a reader, writer, and librarian. I couldn't be happier to be in such an awesome community :)

Kel said...

Aww, this is such a wonderful post! It's true, readers have so many choices, which is a good thing; but it also makes it seem like a tiny miracle when, out of all the books on those shelves, they pick yours. Here's to many more tiny miracles and many future books!