I am going back to reading although it has become a bit slow for me. There was a time when I used to read three books a week, getting older though made me quite a little slack doing some of my favorite hobbies, reading being one. Come to think of it, among all my books (probably a thousand of them) there are only two signed copies that I treasure for the simple reason that they are the only signed copies that I have :)Two years ago, my daughter gave me a copy of Nicholas Sparks’ The Best of Me as a birthday gift on the condition that I attend his book signing at The Podium at Ortigas Center. There was an attached invite from National Bookstore but it was not an assurance that I’ll be able to have my book signed. Nicholas Sparks is more of Nissa’s favorite author so I’ve read almost all of his books. The book signing was right after my birthday so you can just imagine how nervous I was because I have never attended one before. Read my adventures here on how the day went. It was an unforgettable event in my life. I was really tongue-tied when I met him face to face. All I can utter was “hello Nicholas”.
Richard Paul Evans is one of my favorite authors. Hmm, let me amend that, he is my favorite author. I’ve blogged about him so many times here. Last year, I received a signed, first edition copy of his book The Last Promise , a gift from an online friend that I met at Multiply. Look at how he signs his books. This may sound crazy but I guess, the value of a book increases when it is personally signed by the author. Do you agree?
I am looking forward to my three new books which will be sent by another friend from the US, my copy of A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver and two more latest books by Richard Paul Evans. Right now, I am in the thick of reading Anne of Avonlea (second in a series of the classic books by L.M. Montgomery).
And I wish that like the late D.J. Salinger, I could do this too, ““What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” It hasn’t happened yet because I don’t have a terrific friend who is a book author :(