Beginning a new book is like beginning a new relationship. From the looks of its cover you know you will probably like the contents. At the very least, you know you’re attracted to its exterior. Or you might be intrigued about the story based on what you’ve heard about it from other people in your life, but you ultimately may not be ready to take it out in public with you until you’re a few chapters in.
The experience of beginning a new book also feels extremely personal to me. (Am I totally crazy?) I like having a little nook and some private time where I can get to know the book and how I feel about it before the world knows we’re a “couple.”
Because I have these weird thoughts, and because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’ve decided to take some of the tried-and-true tips for new relationships I’ve heard over the years and apply them to beginning new book relationships! [Read more…]