I used to be a pick-up-a-book-and-read-it sort of person. I could read a description of the book on someone’s blog or in a magazine, glance at the first page, and generally get through the whole thing, happily. I rarely stopped reading a book in the middle, and because I only started books that piqued my interest in the first place, I almost always had a four-or-five star experience. I considered myself an excellent judge of a good-for-me book.
[I like to qualify that as good-for-me, because there are plenty of books that other people enjoy that I find unbearable. And plenty of books that I love that you may find a yawn-fest. The only person I can accurately recommend books to is myself.]
Recently, I started two books and abandoned them each after a chapter, completely disappointed with the story and characters and writing styles. These were books that were on the best-selling list on iBooks and Amazon, so clearly other people thought they were readable. They had received a lot of media attention.
They should have been good-for-me. But they weren’t.
So was it me? Or was it them? Maybe I’m in a reading slump. Have you ever had one of those nights where you’re hungry, but nothing sounds good when you’re trying to figure out what to eat? Maybe that’s where I am right now with fiction.
Josh came home with a few books and told me he was auditioning them for the beach trip. Were they beach-worthy? Because… you know… you’re on the sand, you’re stuck reading what you’ve brought with you to read. And while I had never had to audition books before, I decided this was probably a sound idea because I have been a crap judge of books this month.
I grabbed from my to-read list and then scoured the library, building an enormous stack of books. And now I’m going through them, one-by-one, auditioning them. Making sure they’re right for a role on my beach trip.
So far, six have made the short list. One will be given the lead role and two will be brought along as supporting cast. I’ll file the headshots of the last three books and hold them for the next reading production. It’s good to have books waiting in the wings.
Do you ever audition a stack of books? Which books made leading roles in your world this summer?