January 25th, 2018 by Jan

I love a good book. Who doesn’t?

I carry a list of recommendations that I’ve collected from friends, and I pull it out when I’m at the library.

Our library is small — yet they will order any book I want if it isn’t already on the shelf. But, almost every book on my “to read” list is not on the shelf, so putting a hold on a book is just part of my library experience.

Of course then, I have to pick another book that I know nothing about to bring home. I usually pick from the cover, the description on the jacket, and of course, font size matters.

If the words, war, mystery, suspense, terror, or abuse are in the description – I pass. I don’t have time for that shit.

What I’m finding though, is most books make for interesting reading because of war, mystery, suspense, terror, or abuse, with the overcoming, and getting through the war, mystery, suspense, terror, or abuse.

I brought home and started four books last night. I am in that horrible in-between books place, so am looking for the next good read to swallow me.

I read a chapter of each — nope.

One scared the crap out of me on the first few pages, one was set in a place where I had a difficult time pronouncing the names and places in my head (this may be a better audio book for me) and one was about the super natural. The fourth book was childish.

So – my dilemma – I want an engaging book, but not one that is scary, heart pounding, or silly.

Ken reads history and “how to” books. It got me thinking, maybe I can pass on novels for a bit and look for another genre. Maybe give biographies a go.

I’ve read a few — mostly about rock stars like Keith Richards and Bob Dylan – I enjoyed them. I like gossip — so perhaps reading about others peoples lives will satisfy my reading requirements.

Can anyone be interesting enough to write about their life if they haven’t been involved in war, mystery, suspense, terror, or abuse and how they overcome it all?

I’m going to find out.

2 thoughts on “whattoread?

  1. Karen Koziol

    Try ANYTHING by this author (McCall Smith)
    but you may want to start with
    Portuguese Irregular Verbs (Professor Dr von Igelfeld Series) Paperback – December 28, 2004
    by Alexander McCall Smith (Author)

    It is fun


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