I love reading... I read A LOT. Several books a week, almost every week. It started when I was a child, reading well before kindergarten. I read everything. Cereal boxes, lists of ingredients, and yes, the proverbial telephone book when nothing else interested me. I ate meals with books in front of my nose., read in bed under the covers with a flashlight, and in the car on long family journeys. I LOVE books. Even as an expat moving every few years I have managed to slug my library whereever we go. My reading list is long and varied, from crime novels (though not my favourite) to biographies.
But sometimes a book just isn't worth the effort.
I tried and tried to be interested in my latest book- The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco. I really tried. It has such a fabulous title- how could I resist? Well I should have followed my instinct which warned me that I just wouldn't like it. I loved Eco's movie, The Name of the Rose- dark, powerful, and vibrating with life, but when I tried reading the novel, I didn't get very far before I gave up. So I really should have thought twice before buying another book by him. But the reviews were great and I succumbed.
I read about half the book before telling myself to put it back on the shelf. So there it sits, waiting for a future day when I might (but probably won't) pick it up and give it another try. Instead of wasting my week forcing myself to slog through it I read a couple of other much more fascinating books, Transgressions by Sarah Dunnant, and A House on Gazzah Street by Hilary Mantell. Really compelling stories, and so enjoyable.
What have you been reading lately?
PS. BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my fabulous daughter who landed herself my dream job this week at Chapters Indigo, Canada's largest bookstore. Well done darling, and I am SO jealous!