breaking hearts

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Can I geek out for a minute or two or seven?  No?  Fine, this is my blog and I don’t need permission.  I’m going to let my inner-nerd take the keyboard and write whatever she pleases until the moment comes to hit ‘publish.’  

Words are simple magic.  Type and write and scribble and scratch and then, okay, perhaps delete a little because that wasn’t quite right.  Slowly but surely, the white and empty page is transformed into something that didn’t exist just 1 minute ago.  Inspiration took the void and created something that, with any luck, is universal and touching and going to make the world just a bit better. 

Does that sound like a lofty task for literature?  Perhaps, but I’ve read two books back-to-back that have made me swoon and sway and laugh-out-loud and want to hug the author.  Can we make ‘hug the author’ a new rating status on Goodreads?

These descriptions of broken hearts demonstrate the talent required for ‘hug the author’ status:

“Something in her had wanted to call 911, to whisper into the phone, someone’s heart is breaking in apartment 8C.  What a silly thought.  The police could never keep up with it, with all the breaking hearts behind closed doors of New york City apartments.  There were a thousand ways to imagine someone unhappy and so few ways to imagine someone contented.” – Anna Quindlen

“In bed that night I invented a special drain that would be underneath every pillow in New York, and would connect to the reservoir.  Whenever people cried themselves to sleep, the tears would all go to the same place, and in the morning the weatherman could report if the water level of the Reservoir of tears had gone up or down.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

I don’t always feel this way about writers– I’m a picky reader and refuse to finish anything that doesn’t impress or inspire after 50 pages.  I wondered how normal it was to toss a book you’re not loving, and I found this graphic on GoodReads:
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Do you finish what you start, or are you all-too-happy to toss something you’re not enjoying?  Image
I nibbled some delicious (4-ingredient) PB&J cookies from SkinnyTaste as I read. Cookies and books is a pretty dynamite combination, right?