Have you ever hidden a book you were reading inside another book, or maybe inside a brown paper wrapper? How about reading with a flashlight under the covers after your light was supposed to be turned out?
I bet you have. I know, I have. In fact, I’m doing it again, now.
Hubby and I belong to a couples book club, and for our next meeting, we are each reading something of our own choice. Each of us chooses a book we’ve always wanted to read, but missed reading it years ago, for whatever reason. We are to keep our books secret, including from spouses, until the big reveal at our next book club meeting. Fun, right?
A couple people in book club are having trouble thinking of such a book, something they’d missed that they’d always wanted to read. I can’t imagine! I must have hundreds of possible titles.
For me, the hardest part of this assignment is how to choose my book. I can’t choose from the TBR mountain, because those books are too recent, even the ones that go back several years. I’m not even considering my boxes in the storage unit, because those aren’t my special books. Instead, I’ve focused on the keepers on my bookshelves, and I’ve come up with a list of 26. They are the books I regret the most, having missed.
How to choose just one? I wasted about a week, just thinking about that. 2 titles jumped out at me, and I kept going back and forth between them. Finally, I decided what the heck, I’d read them both.
And that’s what I’m doing. But…
Have you ever tried deliberately to keep the book you’re reading hidden from your spouse? It’s not easy. Especially when I get lost in the stories.
“What are you doing?” he says, poking his head into my office (translation: dinner in 15 minutes, where are you?)
“Nothing,” I say, shoving my book under a stack of papers.
I keep my 2 books hidden away in my desk, and I have to wait until he’s otherwise occupied before I can pull them out. It’s like when I was a kid with the guilty pleasure of reading a book I wasn’t supposed to read.
It’s been delightful fun, and I can’t wait to share our secret books! Next time, I’ll tell what I’m reading, but it’s a secret now. In the meanwhile…
What would you have chosen for your secret book? Is there a book you’ve always wanted to read but missed?