Reading Can Be Dangerous
Ever since the invention of those small, book size electronic readers (Nook, Kindle, and about a dozen others) I have been reading more and my back feels better. Now, instead of lugging around a bunch of actual books with me I can carry my reader and have my entire library with me.
Last week I was sitting outside enjoying the warmth and sunshine and I reached down and took my Kindle out of my “Of Mice And Men” tote bag. I watched joyfully as it downloaded my most recent book purchase – adding it to the electronic pile in the virtual corner…my pile of “BYTR” – Books Yet To Read.
I took the time to count them. How many books do I have stacked up waiting for my eyes to devour them?
The total came to 198.
If these had been actual paper and ink books I would be sleeping in the car because the house would be filled to the rafters.
198 books – given that I usually have three or four books in play at any given time, this “E-pile” should be consumed in a relatively short time. The only problem is that while I am gnawing away at one end of the stack I am hopelessly adding to it at the other end. It is like that old episode of “I Love Lucy” where she and Ethel are working in a candy factory. No matter how fast they are trying to pack up the candy the conveyor belt keeps delivering more, faster and faster. I am Lucy with books.
What do I read? While I am voracious I am not an Omnivore. I do enjoy both Fiction and Nonfiction. A good story is a good story. I do have trouble with most “Sci-Fi” – mainly because I find most of it poorly written or thought out. I’m not entertained by “Fantasy” works. I find it hard to relate to Dragons and Wizards. I grew up two blocks from a steel mill – keep your Dragons.
There have been some “Romance” writers who are wonderful, but in too many cases the heavy-handed formulaic layout takes away any suspense or surprise. I know that in seven pages there will be a bare-chested passion scene.
I don’t mean to condemn or discard any genre or authors with a swipe of my electronic hand. Good writing is good writing. Tell me a good story and keep my interest and I will be with you until the last page.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch – I am reading and writing. I barely have enough time to maintain myself at the molecular level. I think that I need more time in every day so that I can make a noticeable dent in that E-stack. I hate the idea of there being books left unread if I am suddenly hit by a bus or taken out by a stray meteor.
OK – that is enough. I have to get back to the book I started reading yesterday morning.
Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll be back tomorrow – God willing and the stack of books don’t fall.