Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Salon: Pickiest Reader Award

The Sunday Salon.com I seem to be running for the Pickiest Reader Ever prize these days. I've started and set aside five or six books in the past couple of weeks. None of them were bad books--in fact, some were books by authors I've loved in the past. But none of them grabbed me. It was starting to feel like a series of failed first dates.

So it's with great relief that I tell you that I'm on page 89 of my current read and not tired of it yet. I picked up Leif Enger's 2008 book, So Brave, Young, and Handsome because I loved his Peace Like a River. He has a way with the characters, and the adventure-nobody-in-their-right-mind-would-go-on, in which anything could happen next. Also, there's an endearing snapping turtle which I'm hoping won't get eaten.

Have you ever worried you'd gotten too picky about books?

I think I need to go for some good, solid nonfiction after this one. Maybe something about turtles.

10 comments:

  1. I was starting to think I was the only one being book picky. I used to devour anything with words that crossed my path, but lately I've been putting aside almost half of the books I try to read. Some of these books are by authors I love. One I'm reading right now is the second in a series. I'm starting to think maybe I need to move away from my favorite genres. Most of the books I seem to have finished in the past month or so are outside of my normal reading habits.

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  2. I need to be pickier, honestly!

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  3. Preferably ones that don't get eaten.

    I'm pretty much the opposite. Sometimes I worry that I'm not picky enough. But then I tell myself that being easily amused can actually be a very good thing...as in, at least I'm rarely bored.

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  4. It sounds like you just hit a dry spell. I was in one for a while, but thankfully it's over for the time being.

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  5. You're not picky...there are too many books out there to suffer through the bad or boring ones!

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  6. maybe it is really a run of not great books...or maybe you are just going through a phase. sometimes we just run into books that are not what we 'need' at the moment.

    just remember...reading should be enjoyable!! and there are so many, many books to pick from out there! woo hoo!

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  7. I go through spells where nothing works for me! It seems like something that happens... I get over it, though. Something amazing will happen to change it...

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  8. Definitely as I get older I'm way more critical--it's hard not to be! Your standards go up as you read worse books.

    Reading about turtles, though? always cool.

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  9. I definitely think I'm a picky reader! I've started and stopped four books in the last two weeks- two of which I supposed to review! Oops. :-(

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