I’m in a pickle. I don’t get a chance to read very much, other than blogs in the morning. See, I’m an editor, so I spend as much as 9 hours a day reading technical textbooks and instructional materials. When I come home, I just can’t be bothered. Lately, though, I really want to read something!
So I’m on the hunt for a good book. I don’t know really what I want to read yet. I don’t know if it should be long or short. I’m not really sure what genre. I don’t know if I need it to be an ebook or physical book. I’m not that into fantasy fiction anymore or romance novels. Horror is okay when done well, which is frankly quite rare. Historical fiction can be fun at times, though runs the risk of being too dry. Science fiction can be too goofy or it can be really awesome. Literary fiction can be beautiful or pretentious. Oh the options! There’s just too much to choose from!
This is the most stressful time I have, trying to find a new book.
The last few books I’ve read have been very different. In December I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. That was quite entertaining, actually. It was fun to see how close so many of the adaptions have been. Before that, I started the Wool series by Hugh Howey, which is a post-apocalyptic series. It’s good too, but I haven’t been in the mood to finish. I’m on “book” three right now. Before was, I think, The Shining by Stephen King.
Like with my knitting, I’ve been known to quit a book if I’m just not that into it. I’ve done that many times. Sometimes I quit on books that are actually quite good but aren’t the mood I’m looking for. Maybe I’m just too indecisive a person!
Apologies for all the rambling. I think the problem is I don’t know what kind of adventure I’m in the mood for. I want to find something I can sit back and knit with. I’ve always wanted to try knitting and reading at the same time, but haven’t figured out how and haven’t had a good book to do that with. Maybe I should try a book about knitting, like Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson. I just don’t know.
How do you pick your next book? Do you have any suggestions of books I should try out?