April Confession (no joke): I don’t like to read in the presence of other people.
Because almost every other page I turn (yes, it’s that obsessive and that compulsory), I’m bringing the pages to my nose and inhaling deeply.
And though I think this is perfectly normal and acceptable reading behavior, I don’t believe that others feel the same. And THAT is precisely why I prefer to read alone.
Seriously, not only would I be able to read in community if I dropped this compulsory book-smelling behavior but chances are, I could probably read a WHOLE LOT faster if I spent more time reading and less time sniffing. No joke–the smell is both intoxicating and distracting! In fact, since starting this blog post, I have probably smelled the pages of the book I’m giving away about…well…
four six times!
insert: (book-smelling sigh)
I cannot EVEN imagine what I would do if YANKEE started selling a “book” candle. OH.MY.HEAVENS! I feel giddy just thinking about that wax possibility! Get rid of the Fresh Linen, Salted Mocha, and Cranberry Chutney, and give me some good ‘ol Book Bliss!
YANKEE would have a very, VERY happy sniffer in their stores.
I really have no clue when I first started engaging in this book-smelling behavior, but I seriously can’t remember a time when I haven’t “book-smelled.” In fact, I can even remember sitting at my grade-school desk trying to inconspicuously sniff the pages of Where the Red Fern Grows when a classmate caught me, giving me a strange side-ways glance that communicated that this behavior was apparently “not normal.” I’m pretty sure I acted all “cool cat,” non-nonchalantly pretending to use the book to itch my nose (ya know…because everyone does THAT!!). From that day forward, I vowed to myself that I needed to be more discreet with my book-smelling behavior and since I haven’t learned how to do that, I read alone!
Truly, I feel like half the experience of reading a book is enjoying the distinct smell of the book itself. I tried the KINDLE, I really did, but it fell short…terribly short. This
reader sniffer needs a page.
I believe it’s entirely possible that at this point in the blog post, I’ve now lost a majority of my readers. In fact, the only ones who probably haven’t already scrolled to the bottom are the other “book sniffers.” RIGHT? Surely, I can’t be the only one!
Anyone want to start a BSA (Book Sniffer Anonymous)?!?!
Hi. My name is Jessica, and I…
Okay, enough already; I think I’ve lost my book-smelling self!!!
So what book am I giving away this month?
I am giving away two copies of Little Pilgrim’s Progress: From John Bunyan’s Classic by Helen L. Taylor.
And why am I giving away this book?
It’s the very first “chapter book” that Caden and I will have ever read together and though we are only eight chapters in, I have this heart-hunch that it’s going to be a special treasure for this mama’s nostalgic, book-loving soul.
Oh, be still my soul and be calm my sniffer!
So what are a few of my favorite line(s) from this book so far?
“Listen to me. The King sent me to tell you about the Celestial City, and you had His promise that He would love you and watch over you. When you fell into the Slough, you know He sent Help to pull you out, and you have read in your Book that He will always take care of those who trust in Him. Why did you believe what Worldly said and turn away from the right path?”
So how can you win a copy of this book?
In the comment section below, share a favorite childhood “chapter book”that you read and on Monday at 1 PM (EST), I will randomly select two winners to enjoy a copy of this delightful book. Oh, and if you feel so led to confess that you also have a book-smelling fetish…well, maybe I’ll enter your name twice! Just kidding!