It's time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.…
It’s time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.
Today’s topic is: Popular or Famous Books I Don’t Plan to Read
So … those of you who know me, know I don’t do unhappy endings. In fact, I’m one of those people… the ones who will flip to the end and read it before I read the book, just to make sure it ends okay (assuming there is a doubt it will). I was wrecked as a child by Where the Red Fern Grows and never recovered. It’s true. It’s why I’ll read Dean Koontz, but not Stephen King. Koontz, despite the torture he puts his characters through, has never failed to have a happy (or at least as happy as it could be) ending. King revels in unhappy or ambiguous endings. It’s why I’ll read Nora Roberts, but not Nicholas Sparks. The world is largely an unhappy place anymore…why would I purposely choose to read books that don’t leave me feel warm and fuzzy inside? What’s the payoff of an unhappy ending?
I also don’t tend to read fiction for edification. If I want to learn I’ll grab a non-fiction book.
I’m not a fan of literary novels. I actively avoid Oprah’s book picks. I don’t love the classics. I’m all the things I shouldn’t be as a reader and writer, I suppose. I love the stories in many of the classics (Charles Dickens is freaking amazing), but the books themselves bore me. So … I admit, I’ve seen the movie (or mini-series) for many classics: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Nicholas Nickleby, etc. but have not read, nor do I intend to read, the books.
I read to be entertained. And the older I get, the harder I am to entertain. I also have very little patience and won’t give a book more than a chapter or two to get me hooked. There are millions of books out there to read, so I don’t waste my time on something I’m having to slog through.
I just checked the NYT Bestsellers list, and there’s only one book in the top five I’d even consider: “Bloody Genius” by John Sandford. I used to read his “prey” books and loved them. The others? Nope (as an LOL, one is actually an Oprah pick… see above re: my feelings on that).
I don’t read to be cool. I don’t read because “everyone else is reading it”. I could care less about any of that stuff. Just give me a good, interesting, well-written story that ends happily (or as happily as it can), and I’ll be your biggest fan…