Earlier this week I took my daughter (known in many circlesas the Younger Mini Maven, since I am known in same circles as The Book Maven) to conduct her first author interview. (I already have her started on writing reviews, although she's way behind in her deadlines. That old saw "like mother, like daughter" is unfortunately on target for good and bad.)
I am proud to say that M2 (or "M-Squared," as I call her) not only came up with her own excellent questions based on her knowledge of the author's oeuvre (lucky for M2, that consists of just two books so far), but even insisted on writing them down in my Moleskine so that she wouldn't fumble during the interview.
When we finished M2's portion of the interview, I sent to the bookstore stacks so I could zoom in for the heavy-hitting questions(those of you who have listened to any of my interviews are allowed to guffa wright now). Half an hour later, she returned with a pile of ten books.
That's my girl, I thought.
But the most interesting part was still to come. While the author and I continued to talk (and M2 asked a few more questions; she was not shy about jumping in - did I say "like mother, like daughter" already?), my daughter sorted her books into two piles. She looked carefully at each one, read its jacket copy, dipped into its pages, and made her selections. The final count? Five books.
As we made our way to the cash register, she told me why she didn't want to get all of the books. "I want to make sure I only get the ones I really want to read," she said.
I try, readers, to aim for that wise-child logic, but I'll freely admit that I often buy more books than I can possibly read (even though I really do want to read the ones I choose!). My question for today is this: Do you over-buy or under-buy (or over-borrow/under-borrow) when it comes to books? I can't wait to hear your answers!
M2 would enjoy them, too, but well - she's got her nose in a book.