Readers deserve merit badges as well as writers. Any reader can award herself this badge when she has completed at least 4 of these requirements.
- Someone has said to her at least once, “Turn off that light and go to sleep. Don’t make me come in there.”
- She finished a book sitting in the bathroom because she didn’t want the light to bother a significant other.
- She owns more than one book light. [I think our household’s current count is 7, but only 3 have working batteries.]
- She left clothes home in order to take more books on vacation.
- Her TBR (to-be-read) pile doubles as a piece of furniture.
- She’s left a bookstore or library thinking her collection is more extensive, and better organized.
- The first thing she does when moving to a new town is to find the library. Then she worries about non-essentials like schools, grocery stores, gas stations, and fire, police, and ambulance.
- The first gift she buys for a newborn is a book.
- When the clerk asks for her debit card, she automatically hand them her library card because it’s the most accessible one in her wallet.
Books are like lobster shells. We surround ourselves with them, then we grow out of them and leave them behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development. ~Dorothy L. Sayers, mystery writer