How good is the book? Can I hide away from stuff that needs done to read? For the poll - A ) If I can and it is good, yes. B ) If I have to. C ) I share my thoughts good or bad.
I am reading (or rereading) some older books right now. Lots of life issues to deal with and it is nice to relax with a good book knowing the story. I can set it down and not be trying to talk myself into just one more chapter all night. (Glances at clock) not doing good at going to bed at a decent hour again. Oh, well. Happy Monday.
It’s dated but I’ve been gradually working my way through Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series. They show up at thrift stores and used bookstores quite often. I love history and he really did his research. He actually went to the British Naval Archives and read first hand the accounts of battles from 18th century captains’ logs. He tries to faithfully reproduce those battles in the books. He even uses the actual names of the ships in his writing but not necessarily in the specific battle. Exceptional description of life aboard a British Man o’ War.
@tweezak I got sucked into those a few years ago and spent over a year going through them. Such great writing and fun wordplay here and there. I used “Sea of Words” by Dean King for help on some of the sailing jargon.
For great fantasy, look for the Piers Anthony “Incarnations of Immortality”. Read anything Richard Russo writes, like Nobody’s Fool, and Empire Falls. The Passage Trilogy is Great as well, the TV series did not mess it up much, would love to see HBO take a shot at it.
Anyone take a chance on a random book, realize it’s not that great, but feel obligated to finish it anyway? Because I do and that’s why I’ve been slogging through this current book for the past week. When it’s a good book, I might take a few days. If I don’t really like it, it takes weeks.
@shaunanl I too always feel obligated to finish any book I start. There have been a few I think I would have been better off just accepting it wasn’t for me, as opposed to taking so long to get through it.
@DrWorm@shaunanl I finally got over that just recently. I was reading a book that I thought was a rare misstep from a favorite author, and I slogged through the first third of it, but it was just too much effort. So I put it aside, and I don’t think I’ll go back to it. I do feel a bit guilty, though.
@shaunanl I recently started a Star Trek The Next Generation book about a derelict ship that they encounter after Riker leaves, Worf becomes first officer, etc. It’s dreadful for several reasons; first, it’s apparently part of a story arc for which I had already read two books that come after it, the writing is tedious, and to add insult to injury, I just discovered I’d bought another copy of it somewhere along the line…
@shaunanl Not anymore. My time is too precious to read a book or watch a movie that loses my interest early. Digital stuff is removed from watch list/reader; hard copy goes into the pile destined for Goodwill, and I do it with no guilt whatsoever.
I can lose entire days and/or nights to reading fiction if i’m enjoying it. I love getting drawn into someone’s fictional universe and escaping my own world for a while. With nonfiction, I’m more likely to skim or jump between sections that look interesting, or else fall asleep after 10 minutes.