Book Experiment Round Five

Before I start talking about the books, I want to apologize if I offend anyone with this post. I read to relax, and have old-fashioned ideas about what is entertaining and what isn’t. My intent isn’t to judge what you find interesting or entertaining, but to share my experience in choosing random books. Enough said.

I finished The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris by Jenny Colgan. The book was OK. The characters were interesting, but I could not describe this book as funny. I can’t imagine why that was on the book jacket. Maybe I just don’t get English humor.

After being totally underwhelmed, I went back to the library to choose the next book.

I really struggled this time. The first book I picked up was about the bloody murder of multiple children.   Uh, no.

Then I picked up a few that revolved around political turmoil. I don’t do politics, so those went back on the shelf.

Then I picked a book about a woman that regretted breaking up with a boyfriend over 15 years ago, so she has a fling with him. She gets pregnant and isn’t sure if it’s his or her husband’s. I cringed and put it back. This, to me, is not entertaining.   I wouldn’t have read very far before I gave up the ghost.

After that, more politics.

I finally settled on this book, which had no description of the plot on the book jacket.

bearI figured there was a bear in the book, although I considered it could be about a person or pet nicknamed “Bear”.

I debated reading it without knowing more, but my curiosity got the better of me. Here is the direct quote from Wikipedia: “The story tells of a lonely librarian in northern Ontario who enters into a sexual relationship with a bear.”
OK then.

Now I have a new dilemma. Do I read it or not?

Not reading it defeats the purpose of the experiment. Reading it may create images in my mind best left elsewhere. What’s been seen, or read in this case, can’t be unseen.

I will have to think about it. If anyone has read this book, I would love your input. Perhaps it isn’t quite as it appears.

For the next round of this experiment, I am moving out of the hardcover fiction section of the library. My choices have been mediocre and the bear story threw me. It’s time to mix it up a bit.


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