President’s Post: Rediscovering Reading – The Secret Life of a Book Awards Judge

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October 2012
by Florrie Binford Kichler

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Shoe-repair workers have holes in their shoes.

CPAs don’t balance their checkbooks.

Publishers don’t read.

In other words, what we spend our professional lives doing doesn’t necessarily carry over to our personal lives. Now, I realize sweeping generalizations are dangerous. Certainly some people who repair shoes for a living have pristine footwear, and some accountants track personal expenditures to the penny. And of course publishers read—after all, isn’t that why we got into this business, for the love of books and reading?

I have a personal collection of more than 300 books on shelves and on e-readers, ranging from Little Women to The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and once upon a time it was a rare day that went by without me cracking open at least one of the three or four titles I was reading concurrently. A day without Baldacci or Grisham (I’m a thriller/mystery addict) was a dull day indeed….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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