Dear Lucy:
My partner always wants to watch television while I’m enjoying the next book on my TBR shelf. How can I share the appreciation of a good story from actual pages instead of from a flat screen?

A chapter ahead

Dear Chap:
Ah, yes. The page vs. screen. I have found this complex conundrum to have a simple solution. While your pal is engrossed in flickering lights and loud noises, snuggle up close and flip open that precious book. Then try these steps: hoot with laughter at ten-minute intervals, read random lines aloud, gasp “No!” and cover your face, tap your partner’s arm every few minutes and say “Oh that was priceless!” and then hug your book. Repeat as often as necessary. I can’t wait to hear your results.

Raising my teacup to you,
Lucy Leaf

P.S. Send your pal to my book review page for something good to read: