I love to read. Well, I used to love to read. Now it seems it's become yet another chore, another failing.
I have myriad magazines strategically placed around the house (yes, including in the bathroom) yet I can't get through them all. This past weekend I threw a stack -- a STACK! -- of magazines I'd not yet read into the recycle bin. There was Real Simple, O Magazine, Health, MORE, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens ... all with April, May and/or June dates. Unread. All the tips and recipes and insight within never even glanced at. Now they await Thursday's recycle pickup.
Yes, I know I could have taken them to the senior center or the hospital where others would have happily enjoyed their contents. But that takes time. And a lack of time is the reason I have stacks of magazines sitting unread in the first place.
Lack of time is also the reason I have stacks of books sitting unread. Well, lack of time and the fact the UPS guy, the USPS guy and the FedEx guy keep coming to my door ... with more and more books ... with more and more obligation ... because I'm supposed to review them.
And I can't. I simply cannot read books fast enough to get all the reviews done that I need to do for Grandma's Briefs. Yes, I can just stop accepting review books, stop seeking out sources for more. Thing is, I want keep getting them because I want to provide readers with reviews of upcoming literary selections. (And, to be honest, I want to keep receiving books directly from publishers and PR firms. It fills my bookshelves ... and if you know me, you know that full bookshelves warm my heart to an embarrassingly obsessive degree.)
So, because I am now buried in books (proof of which is the photo above of the books I've received in the past couple months!) I'm looking for help. I'm looking for help from YOU.
I would like to share some of my books in exchange for reviews credited to you and posted in the Grandma's Briefs Back Room. All you have to do is let me know if you want to write a review of 400-600 words on a book of my choosing by commenting below with "YES, I want to help" and whether you'd prefer I send you a book of fiction or non-fiction. Be sure to include your e-mail address. I'll choose a couple reviewers to help me out and get back to each for a mailing address and to give details on how the review process will work. (If I don't choose you the first time around, hang tight ... I've always got more books on the way!)
I can't pay you for reviewing a book ... but you will get to keep the free book.
One note of caution, though: If you're unable to get a book read and reviewed in a time frame of a couple weeks, beware of signing up for "free book" offers. That's exactly what got me buried in books to begin with!
What book would you love to read again for the first time?