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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Book girl

October 13, 2010 - It's the smell. It's intoxicating.

When I first opened the birthday present, I was surprised and estactic - two brand new books, as a side note always love a friend who buys books or notebooks because from another I received a purse-sized notebook.

Later I picked up the books to read the synopsis on the back - then the smell hit. Ah, the new book smell. It past the nostrils and traveled up to the brain - where I haven't been able to shake the craving to visit a bookstore.

Call me a bookworm but it now takes me awhile to get through a book because I do get so busy. Though some books it takes me a while because it is painful to continue. Not emotional, sad pain, but like I am forcing myself to get through it. For example, I started a popular book series because my cousin gave me the first book.

Any book that got my little cousin to read was worth a try and now I am on the last book. I have been for the last seven months. It sits on the bookshelf as I read other books - James Patterson's Sundays at Tiffany's, next on the list is Hunger Games and I Am the Messenger, the books I got for my birthday. By the time I am done I am optimistic Mini Shopaholic will be in paperback.

I look at the book on the shelf with the shiny black covering and think about it for a minute. It's not the popularity of the book, it's the cliche beginning. I knew it within the fifth page and when it was confirmed before the first part finished - I couldn't read further.

I could be wrong about what comes next, but there are other books begging for my attention. Particularly at the bookstore.

I just want to look. It's like when I walk into Best Buy - I am just looking. But I have stopped on those visits because I was getting the nickname "Electronic girl" and I don't know electronics. Plus, the once a week visits had to stop. I haven't looked at an ad for a month.

I have shelves covered with books but if you have any recommendations - let me know. I have a few - it just depends on genre. Some may seem very mid-1990s but it's only because I have seen the authors I grew up with slowly sneak back onto shelves, like L.J. Smith and Christopher Pike.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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