What Are You Reading?



I’ve been having some trouble recently.  Some reading trouble.

I’ve been reading a lot of books, and I’ve been going through Goodreads lists, checking bestseller lists, trying to figure out which books are on the rise and which are overrated, but I can’t seem to find the books I want to read.  The books I have read are good, but not great.

The last book I read was The Pelican Brief, and the book I’m reading right now is American Gods.  American Gods is great so far, Neil Gaiman definitely has a way with his writing, and I’m only 1/3 of the way through the book so I’m sure it’ll get even better. What I’m really looking for, though, are the books you just can’t put down.  The books you keep reading until 4 in the morning when you started at 10, because you absolutely need to find out what happens next.  So often I find that if the book is a thriller it doesn’t have much meaning, but if it has a lot of meaning I’m not thrilled.

I don’t want to put a book down, then look at it the next day and find I’m not compelled to pick it up.  We all try to do this with our writing – get our story out in such a way that the people who read it can’t seem to find time for anything else.  We want readers to have to find time for eating in between reading, not find time for reading in between TV shows.

So I’ll ask you… What books are you reading now, or what books have you read in the past, that you found captivating.  What books have you read that you’ve loved?  Think about the ones you couldn’t put down.  Think about the ones you took with you when you left the house because you knew you’d have ten minutes of free time while you were waiting for your name to be called at the doctor’s office.  Think about the ones that made you wish the wait would take just a little bit longer.  What book was that?  What made it so great?


11 comments on “What Are You Reading?”

  1. There aren’t that many books I’ve read that have been unputdownable and the only one I can think of off the top of my head is good omens by Neil Gaiman and terry Pratchett. I’m not sure what it was about the book that I loved so much but I even took it outside for a cig with me haha

  2. Like you, I’ve been looking for a “great” book and haven’t found one recently. Finds from the recent past include Wool by Hugh Howey and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Both are the first books in series.

    1. The Name of the Wind is one of my all time favorites. Longer than most, but absolutely gripping. The second book is just as good, if not better.

    1. That was such a great read and excellent commentary on human pathology! Have you read her other two books, Dark Places and Sharp Objects? Both also excellent reads that keep you guessing until the end. Though I did not find either quite as well done as Gone Girl, I still recommend both to anyone who enjoyed GG.

  3. I have the same problem with finding books. I want to read something great – every single time. I don’t have time for mediocre! I guess it’s a good quality in a writer, because it makes us more cognizant of what we are writing and how we are writing it.

  4. If you haven’t read ‘Slaughterhouse 5’ yet, I highly recommend it. I finished it in one day I didn’t even notice I had.

  5. Brothers Karamazov was a book that I had to put down several times—but only because I was too overwhelmed by its awesomeness. No joke. I had to take breaks just to stare off into space. No other book has had that effect on me.

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