Book Experiment Round Two

A few weeks ago I decided to randomly pick a book off the shelf at the library and read it. I did not review the summary on the book jacket. I just picked it up and made sure it wasn’t one of the few genres that bore me silly and then checked it out.

My first random selection was Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. Ms. Harris tells an interesting story, but I only made it about a third of the way through the book before I gave up. I disliked the main characters so much that I did not want to read about what they did next. That has to be a first for me.

Not to be discouraged, I moved on to a different section of the fiction shelves and chose River Road by Carol Goodman.

river-roadAlthough Ms. Goodman has authored a number of books, I haven’t read any of them. I have hopes that I will enjoy this book better than the last one.

I admit I’m having enough fun with this that I will continue, even if I never choose a book I like. Based on the law of averages that isn’t likely, but no matter. I like the surprise of it all.

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2 Responses to Book Experiment Round Two

  1. Gayle Kush says:

    Oooooh! That one looks interesting! I am so sick of every author doing British themed books if I bring another one home I may have to burn it! Especially since I listen to them mostly. Can’t wait for this trend to be over! It reminds of when the vampire crze ws going on awhile back. Working in the library has made me realize just how many great books there are out there. Now if I don’t care about what happens to any of the main characters by page 50? Out it goes! No time to read books that don’t grab me.

  2. Okay, this may seem strange. I’m an instructor of Children’s Literature at a University. Look at the Newbery winners. Well-written kid’s books are amazing. If you wish instead, check out the Young Adult books. I truly believe the most innovative writing today is in books for younger readers. Mask the covers with a jacket if you need to, but I’m proud to read well-written, rather than popular writing. (How many adults read Harry Potter because the stories were such fun?)

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