FRAZIER: The Challenge of Getting Addicted to a Book
Published at 04:00 on Saturday, October 22, 2022
The selection of books I’ve chosen to read recently have been hit or miss.
The last book I finished, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens, turned out to be a page-turner, keeping me awake after midnight.
However, the book I finished before him, “The Romanov Sisters”, was tedious.
I generally like historical fiction, but this book was difficult. Admittedly, I know very little about Russian history and found myself googling. All the Russian names with their barrage of consonants also made reading the book a chore. And then there was the fact that I knew how it was going to end. All the princesses have been murdered.
I’m currently reading “The Bookseller’s Secret” by Michelle Gable. It hasn’t really caught my eye yet and I’m almost halfway there. I hope it will resume soon.
When do you think I should decide to keep reading a book or throw it away? I’ve always had this self-imposed rule that if you start a book, you have to finish it.
But I’m at a point where I’m questioning my decree. I remember somewhere along the way, someone said, “Don’t waste your time reading a book if you don’t like it.
It really makes sense, but there were times when I hung on and was pleasantly surprised at how the story turned out.
Years ago, I attended a book club. I really enjoyed listening to my friends’ comments on the books we were to read. There were times when I shared when I wasn’t below their pace.
My reading time is when I crawl into bed at night and while there are times when I can read several chapters, there are also times when I can only read a page or two before I go. fall asleep.
Bookstores and libraries are full of books of all genres and for all types of readers. And like I said earlier, I seem to gravitate toward historical fiction. For some reason, that’s what I enjoy the most. And I seem to have read several of them with reference to WWII and the Holocaust.
A few of my favorite reads are “The Nightingale”, by Kristin Hannah, and “The Paris Apartment”, by Kelly Bowen.
If you love historical fiction, be sure to check these two out.
Obviously there are a lot more “good reads” I could recommend, but I think I’ll leave that to Evangeline at the library. She always has lots of suggestions. Just check it out in The Post.
I’m sure this current dilemma I’ve found myself in will be short-lived and I’ll soon find myself buried in a good book.