I hate stopping reading a book once I've started. It feels like blue balls. I want to complete. I have to be really bored or in a bad mood to stop reading a book after I've made it past 30% of the pages. Usually I'll at least skim the remainder to see if it changes or gets better before I just dump it. After I give up on reading a book I have to get rid of it immediately. I either return it to Borders for credit or trade it to Book Nook or give it to goodwill if nothing else. I don't like having a book that did not fulfill me sitting in my apartment. It makes me feel moldy or something.
I just had to give up on a book I bought recently. It came with really high praise, and was published by a press with a very high reputation, whose books I most often enjoy. The first three pages of this book were excellent. I laughed and was intrigued. The high point of the book was contained in those first three pages. It quickly turned into a narrative book where nothing happened. Like twiddling of fingers, with no investment, nothing interesting happening, and completely unrelatable circumstances. I like books where nothing happens, but if a book is narrative-based, something should probably happen, I should at least feel 'entertained' or somehow 'connected' or enjoy the language.
I am trying to figure out why this book was published. I can't think of any reason. The first three pages could have been published by themselves and the effect would have been much greater. I would like to ask the publisher why this book was released. I would like to ask questions. I am not going to name the book or the publisher because I do not like to give bad reviews. I don't see the purpose in a bad review, unless it is of an author who has already had a great deal of success and seems to be slipping. Return policies at stores like Borders protect people from spending money on books they don't want because you can return almost anything there are get something else. It's like a library with brand new things.
Now I am reading CLOWN GIRL by MONICA DRAKE. This book had a blurb on it from Chuck Palahniuk. I have read several of Chuck Palahniuk's books years ago when I was on vacation and there was nothing else around. He is entertaining a little, easy reads, I think I always read straight through without stopping, but he seems like he keeps writing the same book over and over, with the same shtick, at least somewhat. Though he definitely is entertaining. Monica Drake studied in the same workshop as Chuck Palahniuk, but then she went and studied with Amy Hempel and Joy Williams. So far I really like this book. It is funny and innovative in language but still tells an entertaining story.
After this I want to read some 'older' literature. I have been reading so much 'contemporary' work in the past year, I feel like it is time to go and fill in some gaps. I hear a lot of good things about Thomas Mann's MAGIC MOUNTAIN. I want to do some reading that feels like work. I want to exercise a little, I think.
Maybe I'll read the new Stephen King book and stop at the point when it starts getting 'out of hand.' He always builds suspense then makes it ridiculous. They should sell his books with those sections cut out, and then put all those sections together in another book. When I was in 6th grade I walked home from school reading the climax of MISERY without looking where I was going.
What do people think are some more 'classic' works that aren't quite 'classics' but should be read more?
I want to make my own anthology.
Today I am coasting on the edge of boredom, but still feel good, I think, a little.