I am such an eclectic reader. Some times I’m in the mood for a book that will teach me something new… other times I just want to sit back and be totally entertained. I’m dying to read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series… but keep putting it on the back burner to read something quick and less involved… telling myself the summer is a better time to read a series. Besides… Fall of Giants by Ken Follett is calling my name and I will eventually have to cave in and set time aside to read the trilogy.
Back in middle school and high school my teachers assigned books like J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Watership Down by Richard Adams… I never read them. I was not interested in reading anything ‘assigned’ to me. Being a stubborn teenager, I wanted to choose for myself. Writing reports for books I hadn’t read wasn’t difficult for two reasons… 1. Cliffnotes and 2. Creative writing skills. I always received high grades. Seriously though, I think the effort I put in to writing a report on something I knew nothing about was probably greater than had I just read it in the first place.
Now as an adult with the ability to choose any book my little heart desires… I rely on suggestions of others to broaden my world. See… I learned a lesson after all.
A friend of mine reads a lot of Science Fiction. I scrunched up my nose one day when he mentioned his current read. Realizing I wasn’t being fair to that genre, I challenged him to suggest a book I might like, and I promised to read it. He chose The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Getting me to sit down and read that book was like swallowing a spoonful of the most foul tasting medicine… but in the end I had to say I LOVED it! Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card was the next foray into a genre that made me squirm. There’s no going back now… as I plan to read The Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin some time in the next year.
What is YOUR current read??? What book do you want all of your friends to read next??? What should I read next? Give me your best. I promise I will put it on my night stand as a future possibility. Hey, you never know… it might become one of my very favorites too.
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