Let me tell you: I have been looking forward to this since December. When I found out that Caroline won the drawing, I was overjoyed. She had sent me an email asking for more information about Do Nothing But Read Day, and she seemed really cool. When she won, she invited me to have lunch with her in Hartford sometime.
Then the weather punched us all in the face, and we couldn’t get together for a while. A few weeks ago, we decided on today. I said I would command Mother Nature to behave, and behave she did! It was gorgeous in Wisconsin today.
I returned home today after a wonderful lunch at Perc Place (best club sandwich I have ever had) with many, many books on my person. Caroline, sweetheart that she is, gave me three books: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and Garden Spells. She told me, “It’s ‘Be Nice to Amanda Day’!”
Then we went over to the Magruder house where their dog loved up on me (he’s a cuddlemonster) and Jenny proceeded to let me borrow an unprecedented TEN books.
When I started Do Nothing But Read Day, I intended for it to be a fun, casual thing that would maybe involve ten people. I thought, ‘If ten people sign up, I’ll be psyched!’ I was more than psyched because it became HUGE. My tiny idea turned into a blog, which turned into a radio program, which turned into a website.
But another unintended side effect: I made new friends near and far. I formed connections with people I normally never would have met. I have physical representations of friendship in my kitchen right now, namely a gift bag of books and a tote bag full of someone’s personal possessions. That’s trust! That’s a bond! That is just one of the ways Do Nothing But Read Day has changed my life forever. Because I know that I will be friends with Caroline and Jenny for a long, long time.
Thank you for putting up with my mushyness. I’ll post reviews of the books I was given and lent as I read them.