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.
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.