A quick post today:
Daily word count 412
Total Word Count 7,550
I’ve officially reached the uncomfortable to breathe stage of holiday overeating. Gah. Blerg.
Got my words down anyway.
Also had a bit of a win with the book recommendations – I loaned my copy of The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu to my father-in-law, a man who I would describe as a ‘lapsed sci-fi reader’; in that he’s done a lot of Asimov etc in his day, but who tells me he hasn’t finished a novel now for years. Thrilled to say he’s almost at the end of Dark Forest and has already lined up Death’s End.
There is a deep satisfaction in successfully recommending a book to a friend and having them enjoy it. It’s partially the joy of bonding over a book talk (always awesome), but it’s also a kind of gifting; a sharing of something awesome that isn’t expected to be reciprocated.
The really very warm feeling I got from successfully recommending these books was distinctly Christmassy, a feeling of generosity and goodwill.
I’d also had a few beers, so that might be part of it.
Tell me – do you enjoy recommending books to friends and family? How do you feel when they agree? How does it feel if they hate one of your beloved books instead?