I truly hate when this happens. I choose a book that is reputed to be wonderful, sometimes even by people I know and whose taste I usually agree with, and then it leaves me cold. I can’t get myself to read it, and so I fritter away time I would spend reading on other things and get really frustrated. Why won’t I just abandon the book? Because I feel like there might be something later in the book that will turn it around for me. Or I feel I can’t really judge a book without reading the entire thing. But I remain stuck as a result. Last year it was Zorba, the Greek, absolutely the favorite book of one of my best friends, and my number one successful book recommender. I eventually finished it, but never came to love it. This time it is Voss, a 1001 Books selection by a Nobel winner. I’m 175 pages in and still not all that captivated.
I probably wouldn’t be this far except that I have put my behavior therapist skills to work on myself. Some other Goodreads folks are reading The Poisonwood Bible this month and discussing it, but I had not added it to this year’s reads. I decided to join them since I have the book. I started it and got immediately hooked. “Ah ha!” says I (pirate voice), “I’ve found me a treasure I can use!” So I am not letting myself read more than a few chapters of Poisonwood Bible until I read 50 pages of Voss. I need to get back to it now, since I just had a couple delicious chapters of PB. Let’s hear it for behavior mod. You should see much more of me again soon!