What makes a book worth reading to you?
This weekend Zach and I went to the Nampa Farmer’s market. We had a blast. We walked around downtown Nampa, which is surprisingly quaint. I hadn’t expected that. We visited a few gift shops and I stopped into a little coffee shop and had a very rich hot chocolate. We made our final stop at a used bookstore.
I had to laugh at myself as I wondered around the store looking for the “fiction” section. I was lost until I found it. “Classic Fiction?” Nope. That just won’t do. “Science Fiction?” Absolutely not. I need just.plain.fiction.
Once I found my section, all seemed right with my world. Zach was browsing the section with me and we both laughed as I picked up a book and I read the words, “Wales 1198” and promptly put the book back.
Judge me if you will, but I know what I like. I love to read, but I know what I will enjoy and what will feel like my high school Great Expectations (or any high school read which I never actually read) all over again.
I laughed as I shared with Zach the depth his wife lacks. Here is my book criteria:
-It needs be fiction. Realistic fiction to be more exact. Historical fiction is okay depending on the context.
-Set in a country much like the United States
-Set in a time period no later than the 1900’s and actually 1950’s and on are prefered
-Strong female characters. If there is a friendship, sisterhood, motherhood, etc. Even better.
-Somehow I’m always attracted to books that somehow are lined with some great sorrowful event. Books that make me cry attract me. I don’t know how I always choose a sad book, but I do.
Of course, the book I picked up from the bookstore on Saturday?
This book meets most criteria. So far I don’t see the female character as strong. She’s emotionally unstable and I can’t relate or understand that and therefore I lose patience with the book and become disturbed by it.
I’ll let you know.
So what about you? What books are you attracted to?
I know some of you read much more intellectual works, and that’s okay, tell me about it!
Oh and one more thing, would you like to join me in a book club? Because I really think I’d like to start one. Really.