Oh just some random thoughts on this nasty Friday before my birthday tomorrow…which probably should be a holiday and I should probably not be at work. I’d like a holiday for the day after my birthday too.
I was looking at my calendar of book events recently and started feeling super nervous and anxious because I haven’t read the author’s books yet and DAMMIT I want to have those books read before I go. I started thinking about it and realized HOW many authors I’ve met that I haven’t actually read their books yet. My thing is..mostly all of the time I PLAN to read their book in the near future but I am not going to pass up a chance to meet an author or go to something fun and bookish. But sometimes, I’ll admit, I feel AWKWARD. I sit there like, “Hmm I can’t say OMG I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!! BIGGEST FAN EVAHH” but I don’t want reallyyyy want to admit I never read their books before..particularly if they have lots of books. I’m sure most authors would be happy that you are coming to support them either way but I just always FEEL bad…but seriously, attending their events mostly pumps me up for their books!
But sometimes I am a complete weirdo. I am kind of obsessed with a few authors I’ve never actually read their books. I’m not naming names because I will be mortified if they read this and think, “OMG what a sham! That girl knocked over the elderly and small children to meet me.” But seriously..I will sit there and say I LOVE THIS AUTHOR. And I realize that I shouldn’t say it because I’ve never read them!!. Even though what I really mean is that I follow them on Twitter, I probably own all their books (but haven’t read them!), I read their blog religiously, I think they are awesome people and lots of other people tell me how good their books are! I get GIDDY to meet some of these authors and I am kind of obsessed with them….on a basis that has nothing to do with their books. Is that not weird?!
So, what about you? Do you feel crazy compelled to have read the book prior to the author event? Have you ever gone to an author event without having read the book? Do you feel awkward or bad..or is that just a weird Jamie thing? Because let’s be honest..I am weird like that. Also, have you ever been obsessed with an author you’ve never read? Or is that just me…because I AM BIZARRE like that!