Oh dear, you’d think I would have updated my poor blog that I really do love so much—I’m reading more than thinking about writing, which all good writers say is a must.
So, some thoughts about reading.
I’ve restricted myself to library books, no purchased books for budgetary reasons, obviously. I’m a person who takes joy in owning books so this is difficult and I do look forward to the day when I can splurge on a few that my library does not yet have. It’s a battle of the budget and willpower.
You should not edit or mark in library books. I keep running across someone who does just that. It’s distracting and annoying that someone feels I might be smart enough to flow right across the obvious. I have to say I take a little joy in finding my own typos but it’s no fun if someone points them out.
My reading rules for selecting a book:
- It must have a nice cover. I’m image driven like that.
- The synopsis must interest me.
- Page 1 must grab me and make me want to read more.
My new rule to add to those is that I’d rather not read anything written with misspelled words to indicate an accent. I can’t stand this. It’s unnecessary. So I do a quick glance through the pages to see if I spot this technique.
Once reading has begun, I attempt to make it to page 100 before giving up on a poorly selected/written/edited book. There’s only been a couple I’ve given up on but I feel this rule is necessary to give me an out. In the last year, I’ve given up on three books. I’ll tell you why later, but it’s mostly about expectations and writing style. To tell me the story is about one thing then not deliver is unforgivable. Probably not the writers fault, probably the publisher or editor’s fault.
I use Goodreads.com to track my reading. It’s helpful when I go to the library to check my lists, especially for authors I want to read. I wish I had this years ago. I also wish I had done what my mother has done for years and years and keep a book diary. She has every book she’s read in a notebook with a small review and character reminders. I’m not sure how many notebooks she has filled, but it’s probably quite a few.
I read in the mornings but also at night instead of TV, which is a vast wasteland these days. I’m reading about two books per week at this point. I used to be reading obsessed and nothing else got done but I can put my book down and take care of the garden chores, make dinner, play with the cats, etc.
I’ll write more about my awful book list and why later, realizing of course what I think doesn’t really matter to anyone but me. I have favorites too. What are you reading? Got rules?