18 Jan Finding The One
Something I’ve noticed lately.
Between finding used books at great prices and the vast availability of library books (via Overdrive and hard copy), I have found myself becoming even more choosy.
I’ve never had a problem with putting a book down if it’s not keeping my attention, but lately I’ve noticed I’m doing it more.
It seems to be a combination of life being busier and when I get the chance to do what I choose, I want that book to suck me in completely and almost instantly. If it doesn’t, I’m moving on—and thanks to the sources mentioned above, I’ve got a lot to choose from.
Am I being too picky? Maybe. But I’m not sure I care. It’s more a bit of frustration because, if I put a book down, I’m just disappointed because I wanted it to be “the one”.
There’s a lot of debate about people who DNF (do not finish) books versus those who do. It seems like more people are coming around to the point that it’s an ok thing to do, or maybe I’ve just happened to have read more “pro-DNF” articles lately. Whatever the truth is, I hope more people truly are realizing that DNF-ing is more than ok. We, as readers, do not owe a single moment more to be spent on a book that is not that good, or maybe needs to be read when the timing is better.
I went through part of my Overdrive download history, the six books above are ones I DNF. I was not in to them and I don’t have an interest in trying again.
These three are books I DNF, but they are books I believe I will come back to. These are examples of books where the timing just wasn’t right. Often times I simply have too many books come in around the same time on Overdrive and it’s not humanly possible to read them all before they are due back. They may have not grabbed me enough at the time to focus all my energy on to, but they struck enough of an interest to read later on.
Because it’s Friday,
On this blog (in the recent past) Friday’s were the day when I posted a book, a dessert, and a drink.
Due to the technical changes in my blog and the pure intensity of Monday through Friday, I’ve been rethinking the format a little. More or less my blog has started over (as far as who sees it), which greatly irritates me.
I love writing about anything books, but I’m not sure I want to have any “set” days where I post specifically. Partly because I don’t want to get on a schedule where i can’t appropriately deliver.
I’ve been taking more time between posting because it’s taking me longer to write the actual post. One, the posts are longer and two, I am literally typing them in 3-5 min increments over a few days.
That being said, I thought I would post a book, dessert, and drink tonight. I will still post these, just not every Friday.
Tonight’s book is Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Morata. I cannot remember where I first heard about this book, but I came across it recently in an airport bookstore.
I’ve had a “thing” for a long time where I allow myself to buy a new book (from the airport) whenever I fly anywhere. It has nothing to do with reading it while I’m on the plane, because I’ve always got my Kindle and another physical book with me. It’s just something I do—a little splurge of sorts.
I recently took a trip to Minnesota with some girlfriends and this was the book I purchased. Below is the Amazon synopsis:
• The heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction―many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual―and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action.”
I started reading this last night and so far, so good. It’s a little quirky, which may be partly because it’s translated from Japanese, but also because of the story itself as well as the main character.
The dessert & drink:
Tonight is a low carb chocolate chip peanut butter bar. I followed the recipe from my sweet friend’s cookbook:
The only think different I did was mix in some Choc Zero white chocolate chips along with the Lily’s chocolate chips that I normally use. The more chocolate, the better.
The drink is one of my very favorite wines. It’s a sweet Shiraz by Jam Jar. It’s a sweeter red, but it has a tangy quality that I love. It’s inexpensive (around $10) and it’s a twist off. It’s South African and very delicious. It definitely has more sugar and it’s not considered Keto by any means, but it is not something I drink all the time. Kind of like the airport book buy— it’s a splurge 🍷
On that note—I hope your weekend is great and full of reading books you consider “the one”
“To encounter a fine book and have time to read it is a wonderful thing.” —Natalie Goldman