So many books, so little time. Why, then, am I reading the most forgettable of books? Because I am trying to escape laziness by being lazy. Say what?
I recently read two very different books. The second one is so forgettable (by a very successful modern author) that I won’t bore you with its title. The first book, however, sent me to Alibris.com to see what else I might find by the author. I started this book during Thanksgiving week, so it took a while to finish. But even as I was busy with other quite enthralling and enjoyable activities, I was thinking about the book, about the main character’s dilemma. I was, as I explained to my family, “intensely involved’ in this story.
Right. The name of the book: Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. This book enhanced my thinking, revved up my mental engines. Like another recently enjoyed excellent book, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, Lady Audley’s Secret satisfied my heart’s desire for new insights and revelations, as well as reacquaintance with deep and almost forgotten heart’s truths.
So, why again do I pick up twaddle and use up precious hours of my life reading it, and then forgetting it as soon as possible? It’s called “escape” and aptly so, but to where? I escaped to intriguing worlds with Mary Elizabeth Braddon and with Elizabeth Gaskell, but with the author who must not be named I escaped to . . . I don’t remember.
So many bad (inane, intelligence insulting, smut-filled) books. So many good books. I choose good.
Oh, and one more thing! Beware the “poignant” books. This usually means the author’s life stinks and he/she wants yours to, also, via reading this tripe. Try instead something whose very feel in your hands makes you say, “I wonder what’s in here.”