When the days gets shorter, I become a more enthusiastic, ambitious reader. Now that it is officially fall, I've started to collect stacks of books off my reading list.

I like looking for scribblings and highlighted text in used books. Old books smell good, but as Kurt likes to point out about many pleasantly odorous things (stinky cheeses, my sweaty armpits), if the smell is taken out of context, it is sort of weird and gross. Like, I'd gag if my lunch box smelled like old books, but I'll gladly savor a whiff in the library.

I also like the way a book feels when it has never been opened. Those neat solid books with creaseless spines, all mine to bend and dog ear. It's like having a brand new notebook on the first day of school or a fresh set of crisp, clean sheets. Does the anticipation of messing them up make them so much better?

I'm pretty swell on the website Goodreads.com. Have you heard of this? Once you create an account, you can organize your own "shelves" of books you've read, would like to read or are currently reading. You can lurk other people's reading lists, find new books to add to your list, join a book club and search for quotes. I like that I can import books from my Amazon.com wish list. There is also a little bit of a social networking element, allowing you to search for friends through your Facebook or email contacts. I think this is neat.

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My read list from Goodreads.com

my to-read shelf:
Johanna Inman 's book recommendations, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (to-read shelf)

So, who is on goodreads and would you like to be my friend?

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