“The must read book of the summer!”
“A great beach read!”
“You won’t be able to put it down!”
Nearly every book cover or magazine that offers book suggestions is full of quotes expressing nearly the same sentiments.
Unfortunately, one person’s idea of the “Best Book of the Decade!” may be the next person’s snooze-ville. And, my pocketbook and reading time have been wasted on more than one of these flowery descriptions that actually turned out to be a real stinker.
I’m an avid reader….and that’s putting it lightly. I always carry a book with me wherever I go. You never know when you’ll get 5 minutes to get a few pages read. In addition to always being in the middle of a book, I like to have my next read lined up and waiting in the wings.
The book store is my home away from home. I could wander for hours, getting lost in the aisles and sucked into those tantalizing descriptions and intriguing covers. (Yes, I judge books by their covers. So do you, admit it.)
When iBooks and the Kindle store came along, at first, it felt like Christmas everyday. You mean to tell me I can search book titles and peruse summaries at all hours of the day, never needing to leave the comfort of my home? Finish a book at 10:30 pm, instantly download the next. Take 12 books with me at all times. Am I dreaming?
With all the conveniences, I have found one major flaw. I much more frequently find myself enthusiastically starting a new read to be disappointed by a bad purchase a few chapters in.
You see, when I’m in the book store, I take certain, um, liberties with the books I’m about to buy. Ok fine, I start reading them, sometimes a decent number of pages into them to see if they are really worth the price tag. The title might be catchy and the cover interesting, but if it doesn’t grab my interest in the first chapter, chances are, it will not make it to the check out.
I have yet to master this with my downloads. I know, I know, you can download samples of many online versions to try out the books before you actually purchase them, but I keep forgetting that step. It’s like, since I don’t have to hand over actual money for each book, I just hit download without thinking, then find myself repeatedly disappointed.
I’m currently stuck in a terrible drought of one bad, sucky download after another. My problem is, since I’ve actually paid good money for the book, I have a hard time throwing it to the side when hate it. Right now, I’m 85 pages into a “Must Read of the Summer”, recommended on numerous reading lists and websites and……I can’t stand this book! With every sentence, every paragraph, every page, I argue with myself.
Why are you still trying to read this crappy book?
Because I paid for it!
You’re wasting time you could be reading something you actually enjoy!
But all those reviews said it was so riveting.
Oh, here we go with the reviews again. Stop, it’s terrible.
I’ll give it one more chapter. Then, if it’s not any better, I’ll quit.
No you won’t.
Help! I’m officially stuck in bad book hell.