Monday, January 5, 2009
The Just Say No Challenge
This is sort of an anti-challenge.
Do you have a Reading Temptation? You know the book: maybe the plot doesn't appeal, maybe the hype drove you nuts, maybe the author has disappointed you in the past. Whatever the reason, you decided not to read it.
Then review after review sang praises of unsurpassed joy in the reading of the book! The characters, that readers want to kiss on the tops of their adorable heads! The delightful couldn't-put-it-down plot! And, oh the ending--indescribable. Unfathomable. "You just have to read it to understand."
Then you see the book in the front of the bookstore, or you come across a used copy. Another reviewer--one you really love!--waxes poetic about the book, and they're having a giveaway! Five free copies! It's like a cosmic message, Read-the-book-read-the-book-read-the-book. After all, you've been surprised by books before. Maybe you should just try it.
My book is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I have no doubt it's a wonderful book, and I've read and heard many tempting reviews, but I have no desire to read it. Care's mini review confirmed that for me, and that's how my Just Say No Challenge was born.
All you have to do is name the book or books you don't want to read, pick a Just Say No time frame, and then not read or buy or accept a free copy for that time frame. No matter what.
Say what you will about how wondrous Edgar Sawtelle is. Yes, I like Wisconsin, and dogs, and enthralling, warmly idiosyncratic stories, and Shakespeare. However. I'm committing to not reading it for the year 2009. Because I just Don't Want To.
But you should read it. I hear it's really good.