As I noted a few weeks ago, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to “read books for pleasure regularly again.” This is because I haven’t enjoyed reading in several years, which is a real shame because reading was once one of my favorite things to do. It made me become an English major, which I now realize was one of the best and worst decisions I made.
Best because think of all the things that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t — I wouldn’t have come to appreciate Irish literature, gone to Ireland, blah blah blah WE ALL KNOW THIS STORY. But the worst because it ruined one of those things about me. I was a book person. I knew books. It was like a thing I had. A hobby. And by making it my major, it became my work. And no one, not even someone who loves their work, wants to keep doing work when it’s over. So when college was over, that was it. No books for me, unless they contained the words Expecto Patronum. (Which they did, because I totally reread HP7, and I totally got my boyfriend to read it too, and it was AMAZING.) (Yeah, Harry kinda ruined reading for me too, because nothing will ever be as good.)
But I’m trying very hard to get back into new books. I’ve read a few over the last few months (slowly, quite slowly). Now that I’m not an English major, and my work doesn’t revolve around METAPHOR and AUTHOR INTENT and TRAGIC FLAWS, I’m free to admit that: I don’t care for literature! I like fun books! I like young adult fiction, with all its yearning and angst! I like science fiction, with all its dinosaurs and technological back-firings! I do not like war, outrageously non-linear story lines, or dialogue that sounds nothing like talking. I still do not like poetry, or prose that’s practically poetry. Instead, I like laughs and tears! I like page turners! I like looking forward to hearing a story, rather than dreading sloughing through more thick words that tell me nothing about the character and everything about how awesome the author thinks he is.
So, I’ve discovered GoodReads.com. It’s a vast improvement on the old AllConsuming, which I used. You can update your past, current, and future reading lists, make recommendations to friends, get recommendations based on your favorites, and more. It would be really cool if some of my friends were on, like a mini book club meeting, except we don’t have to read the same things — we can all just read what we want, when we want, and enjoy it immensely. Come read with me!