I am upset. Either my memory is slipping away or I don’t read enough good books. I just finished the latest note making the Facebook rounds: 15 Random Books I Enjoyed Reading.
The books that sprang to mind first were all from my childhood/early teen years. Then I was stumped. A few titles trickled in, but I eventually had to step away from the computer and look through my bookshelf. Actually look at the titles and think, hmm, did I enjoy that? Books that I didn’t like were the ones that kept jumping to mind. Am I reading that many books that I don’t like (as an aspiring writer, I hate to say bad books…that would be bad karma!)? Or is my memory just so bad that those really, really good books that I read all the time get pushed out in favor “don’t forget to take your train pass this morning?”
It was also disheartening to look at my bookshelf and realize that a handful of them are just eh…and yet I refuse to let them go.
A roommate once said she was afraid that she’d come home to find me dead under a pile of books and papers. This was a comment on the awful state of my room rather than my book collecting, but I think she may be right. I’ll die, crushed under a pile of only-eh books.
Instead of taking the time-to-clean-out-my-stuff lesson, I choose to take away the I-need-to-read-better-books lesson. Any suggestions?
Here’s the Facebook 15:
1. Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
2. Jackaroo – Cynthia Voigt
3. Little House… – Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
5. Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks
6. Harry Potter – JK Rowling
7. Ivanho – Sir Walter Scott
8. Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
9. Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
10. Enchantment – Orson Scott Card
11. Mama Day – Gloria Naylor
12. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
13. Desiree – Annemarie Selinko
14. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
15. The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander
Looking at this list, I also noticed that what I write and what I read are very different. I don’t write adventure books, but that seems to be what I read…or at least remember reading.
A while ago, I realized that I enjoyed reading mysteries (although those didn’t seem to make the list) and only ever watched TV police procedurals, so I challenged myself to write a TV script for a procedural drama. I didn’t think I could do it, but was pleased with the results.
Maybe I need to challenge myself to write an adventure…after I finish editing Julia, of course. One project at a time!