Have you struggled to get through a book when you have other literary gems waiting for you?
So I’m a Game of Thrones junkie like most people around the world, and can’t wait for the next season to be wrapped so I can actually watch it. So while I’m in limbo on that one I thought I’d read the books. Well that’s all well and good but have you seen the size of them? They’re fairly weighty and are veeeeery long. In fact I’ve never read this sort of genre before and I’m not even sure what you’d call it. Is it fantasy? If theTV series didn’t exist I’m pretty sure I would never have picked up these books even for a perusal let alone a purchase. The covers are not something that would typically draw me in, actually they would be more likely to repel me and I would think – AVOID! Well there we go my prejudices have been broken down.
So I’m on the last book that George RR Martin has written, A Dance with Dragons so am now well past what they’re covering on the TV series. However I’ve been reading this one for at least two months as I’m finding it difficult to sustain interest and then I get dragged away to something else – usually lots of internet time wasting. I’ve also got 3 books lined up and waiting for me on the book pile – The Luminaries by young NZ writer Eleanor Catton (which is also very lengthy), The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Bone Clocks from David Mitchell.
So I’m up to page 736 on A Dance with Dragons and really I’ve only got another 300 pages to go so this week I’m going to make a concerted effort to finish it so I can move onto greener pastures. For some reason I need to always ensure that I’ve finished a book before I start another one, even if I’m not loving it. I’m not sure that this is normal behaviour. I also often sit through movies that I’m not enamoured of just to see if things are going to get better. The only film that I have ever walked out of was the Dancer in the Dark by Lars Von Trier – a truly bleakly depressing film that the brilliant Bjork and Catherine Deneuve could not save. Note that it does score an 8 on IMDB so I’m obviously in the minority on this one.
With perfume, if I find I’m not getting the necessary effect from the bottle I very easily flick it along to someone who will care for it better than myself so this stubborn / stupid line of behaviour does not rule every facet of my life. Recently I put a bottle of Encens Flamboyant (Annick Goutal) that just wasn’t fully working for me on ebay and that was that.
So do you always make a point of finishing a book or do you just gladly put it down and start another?
Have you walked out of a movie?
What books do you have on your reading list? I’m always on the lookout for new ideas on the reading front.