Friday, March 20, 2015
Not Lovin' It
After hearing so many rave reviews about All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I decided that this was a book I needed to read. It had almost everything I love in a book: historical setting, interesting characters, Decent heft. Since I'm trying my best to NOT buy books right now, I requested it from my library, and when it came in, I immediately began reading it.
That was about a week ago.
And I'm only about 175 pages in. This, my friends, is not normal reading behavior for me. Normally, I can crank out a 500 page book in a couple of days.
But not this one. For some reason, it's just not capturing me the way I had expected. I've thought about it, and I've even talked to others who have read the book, but I can't put my finger on my disconnect from this book.
And that gets me thinking about abandoning books. This is not something I typically do, though I am more likely to do it now, after serving on a book award committee and having to make decisions about how to best utilize my reading time. I don't like to abandon books, but I also don't like to feel like I'm wasting my time.
I know me. I'll probably end up finishing this book, and I might even end up finally connecting with the characters and loving it.