On Valentine's Day, the very lovely Dr. Anita Heiss sent out a tweet and face book status to one and all. Tweet a VDay tweet at her, send a VDay message via face book and she would send one tweep and one facebooker a free copy of Manhattan Dreaming . Your Humble Narrator sent out such a tweet and my head near exploded with giddy delight when Anita tweeted back that if I sent her my address details she would indeed send me a copy. (Not only did she send me one, but because she is generous and lovely, she sent one to all the tweeps who played along.) My book arrived that Friday morning. Best of all, she took the time to write a small message in the front cover and sign it. Thank you so much. I love books and I love books with personalised messages in them even more. (I think it shows a level of care to give and receive such a gift)
With one other book in my current reading pile (and by that I mean the pile of books I read just for me, not including the four novels and 1 play the kids and I are currently reading for our English and Literature studies, or the books we are reading for history, geography, science...well you get the picture.) I managed to pick Manhattan Dreaming up at 8pm on Saturday night. I finally put it down just before 2am on Sunday morning after finishing it. Completely.
Since that time (it's now Sunday afternoon so 12 hours later) I haven't been able to stop thinking about it and all the things it makes me want to discuss. And I will get to that in later posts.
But reading this has inspired in me a number of things. It's birthed the outline for several blog posts. Posts I am unable to write just yet due to other things I should be doing.
And although this is not a book review, (I want to finish my second slower read through before I tackle that) it's certainly a big positive when a book inspires you, ignites the need to express yourself and provokes a need to learn, and tackle big things.
But right now, I need to tackle the laundry!