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I don’t know about you readers out there, but I have all these weird and ridiculous rules/guidelines/standards I’ve laid out for reading books. How to prioritize reading them, how to shelve them, which ones to save or give away or sell, which ones to buy, which ones to check out from the library, etc. I think some people do this with their music. I’m sure I’m not the only obsessive media purchaser/organizer out there. Raise your hand if you also get Type A joy from organizing your media collections and setting standards for operation on how to maximize pleasure gained from your collections.

One thing I do is save books I know I’ll love. I have not read The Book Thief yet because I know that it’s going to be a very satisfying read. So, I’m trying to put off my pleasure as long as possible to maximize it. About a year ago, I read I Am the Messenger. I’d not read any Markus Zusak before, and I was completely enthralled – like the dude in the photo. So then I heard that The Book Thief was better. Friends, reviews, and blogs all agreed on the matter. I added it to my to-read list and have been letting the idea of reading the book flirt with me for a year now.

This last week, I took the next step. I ordered the book. I ordered it along with three other books that I very much want to read. In fact, this grouping of books (Prophecy of Days, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, and Everlasting) along with The Book Thief is the most excited I’ve been in a looooooooong time about reading. I love debuts because they’re like wild cards. Will I like the book? The author? There’s a risk of having bought a book I may have wished I’d checked out instead that makes me a bit giddy (probably I shouldn’t do much gambling in my life). With this grouping of books, I doubt very much I’ll be disappointed AT ALL, and I’m just loving these books sitting on my library shelves and nightstand waiting for me. Now, part of the process is that I must read my wild card books (the unknowns) before The Book Thief (the known) to really build the suspense and maximize pleasure.

I’m currently reading the first of the three Young Adult author wild cards. Ooh, it’s so good. Dare I say it’s great foreplay for The Book Thief. Also, I’ve chosen (I think) light books to proceed Markus Zusak’s book, which, to give you a clue (if you don’t know) is narrated by Death. Uh, yeah, I’m gonna cry like my puppy died. And I can’t wait. I’m bazoo. But I don’t care. I’m a happy reader.

What’s your media purchasing/organizing/maximizing pleasure process like? Don’t be shy. Tell me your secrets.