Thursday, September 3, 2015
Finding books to read
Once upon a time, finding books to read was limited to the offering of the local library or small neighbourhood bookstore. Now, there are more books available than ever. Amazon alone has about 8 million on offer, including e-books. Bookstores are diminished in number but expanded in size, even if they do now include in their merchandise coffee, toys and towels. I really have no excuse.
But somehow my efforts are thwarted and I feel doomed to disappointment. (Okay, that's a little over the top). But I would hesitate to spend $20 or $30 on a book for fear the money would be wasted on me. I suspect it may be that I am too choosy. Nothing too violent or too sexual and no being mean to animals! My method of finding books may be suspect. Perhaps I am 'spoiled for choice'. (i.e., there are just too many so choice becomes almost impossible) It just seems that lately I bring home books or purchase e-books that I don't complete. Is this happening to you?
Partly, as a writer myself, it may be that I am too critical. I read with a writer's eye, not a reader's.
Perhaps, we are all too busy now and expect a book to engage us within a few chapters. On the other hand, I am impatient with the plot of device of a major accident or crisis on the first page. Too obvious.
But, I keep trying. The rewards of finding a book that is engrossing, memorable and engaging is a sufficient pleasure that I continue the hunt.
(I've decided to start up my blog again after a long hiatus. Maybe just once a week, instead of two times a week. But there are a lot of back posts!)