When I checked in at Blogcritics a little while I go, I found this nice entry from Asst. Books Editor Gordon Hauptfleisch:
Vikk Simmons, in Joy: The Love of Reading Leads to the Joy of Writing convincingly and exuberantly shows how "the constant push and pull between the two processes, writing and reading... energizes me, engages my creativity, and prompts more writing." And her related experience in working at a bookstore — as I did for several years — almost made me fondly remember the chewed-up bubble gum stuck on the shelves and the customers asking who wrote Dante's Inferno, or looking for Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholesterol.
My essay is one of this week's picks. Blogcritics editor Lisa McKay explained that "this week the Books section celebrates the first online Book Fair by examining the wonderful world of reading and taking a closer look at the relationship between reader and book. Books mean different things to different people, but we all seem to agree that they have a lasting impact on our lives. We share the best of them here, and encourage you to check out the rest." For a roundup of the essays, read Book Editor Natalie Bennett's "We Love Books."