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?