Waffles Reading on My Belly
Do you remember that first serious ‘romantic other’ in your life? You knew it was serious because you both wanted to read and hang out together at the same time. That was the true test, wasn’t it? Could you enjoy a bit of snookums and then both roll over and pull out a book and settle into a good hour of reading? That was the first time I knew My Main Man and I were most likely going to end up in a lasting relationship. Of course, there was the blushing and the odd giggle as we each admitted it was a bit odd to be reading in bed instead of doing other, often more engaging, activities. The years have flown by, and we still read in bed together, often with my head on his belly. I have been told kindly, but firmly, not to use his ribs as a pillow. Those have been reserved for the five-pound kitty. And apparently, my head weighs more than 5 pounds.
Stuff We've Read
In general, we have usually read the same kinds of things. We both enjoyed Steven Brust, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, Jacqueline Carey, Neil Gaiman, and many more. All that before we discovered audiobooks. That accessed a greater number of books per year, since we both commute. Now we find ourselves reading more nonfictions, histories, and action adventures because that is a good chunk of what is available at the library. I have pleas and polite requests in to expand their scifi/fantasy selection of audiobooks.
The Way of Kings, nestled in chilis.
M3 listened to the whoppingly huge audio The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, before insisting that I needed to use my Winter Solstice Break to enjoy this awesome epic fantasy. Like right now. Get started. And so M3 ended up relistening to much of the book as I puttered around the house in the deep winter 2010 of Northern NM. He didn’t seem to mind.
Mutual Reading Enjoyment
But all is not rosy. Oh, no. There are thunderclouds and the occasional lightning strike. This usually happens when one of us overtakes the other in a series, usually midbook, and makes off with the pertinent paperback or CDs for a long drive. Tssk!Erg! Such was the tale with His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman – M3 completely outdistanced me in the race to finish the second book, and I had to (graciously) admit defeat and allow him the book for a few days before I continued the tale. (But don’t tear up for me, I had a backup book ready for just such an occasion).
In sharing books this way, we have more to talk about. Of course, much of what we end up talking about is fictional characters and places. But there is the deeper side to sharing a good book with anyone – the aspects of the world-building, the multifacets of favorite characters, and the shared anticipation of the next book-to-be by a treasured author.