Ever read a book that leaves you so completely enamored that you read nothing else but that author’s work for about a month straight?
That was me this past August and September. A friend lent me her copy of It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover, and suddenly I was checking out every available Hoover title at my library and putting the others on hold. There are still a few more of her books I want to read, but you know how it is. Budgets and books don’t always mix, so shout at to my library.
This post wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t also talk about what I’m not reading.
For me, life is too short for bad books. Maybe “bad” is the wrong sentiment here, but the truth wouldn’t fit into a convenient motto. The truth is that some books just aren’t my taste or don’t hold my interest very well. I used to push through these books like I was a child being told I’d get dessert if I would just eat my freaking vegetables. But you know what you get for finishing a book you don’t like?
Nothing. No one cares, and now you’ve wasted your time. So repeat it with me:
I give books until about page 60 to turn things around. If they don’t? I take it back to the library and bring home another stack.
Right now I’m reading The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen. I’ve enjoyed her novels over the past several years, but I didn’t even realize she had a new book out until I spotted it with a 20% off sticker on its cover at Target. So far, so good (I’m past the 60-page mark, if you’re curious). Each character and her respective family is going through its own crisis, when from the outside they might even seem like the perfect neighbors.
So what are you reading right now? Did it come from the library, the store, a friend, or your own shelves?