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Confession of a Lost Reader

In Book Review on May 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I have a confession to make. I haven’t been reading. Somewhere along the way life got the better of me. My job was draining and there was no leisure time to speak of due to the mounds of housework waiting for me when I got home. If it wasn’t that, then there were frequent social evening events my spouse scheduled. If I found a few moments to myself and tried to read for fun, I would fall asleep after one or two pages. I think the last fiction book I finished reading was Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff three years ago.

I stopped carrying a book with me to read in those awkward times when I have to wait for something or lunch break or whatever. I drive to work, so no reading time waiting for the bus. Lunch break was spent actually socializing with coworkers. Waiting turned into just waiting.

I tried audio books since these can be listened to while doing housework or other things. This was a beneficial plan, although the audio books soon turned into a sleep aid. The problem with that is that the reader keeps on reading and when you wake up later, you don’t know where you lost consciousness and should start reading again.

My impending job change from college librarian to high school librarian has resulted in hours of reading book reviews for young adult literature looking for interesting titles that might interest reluctant readers. After a week of reading book reviews, I had to go to a bookstore and get the real thing. I went with a list of the books I had selected via reviews, but in the end I bought one that I had not heard of prior to seeing it on the shelf. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Not sure what it was about the cover information that resulted in a decision to purchase, but I am so glad I did. It is smartly written and funny in a subtle way. I don’t think I’ve ever read fight scenes written this well. I can picture the combat without getting bored by it. That’s saying something since I usually tune out during action film fight scenes. The one flaw, although I don’t mind it, is the obviousness of key clues when they are first introduced even though they won’t be revealed as being key until later on. I don’t mind because it let’s me think I’m really smart and I get to say “ah ha! that will be useful later!”

Before finishing this book, I went back to the bookstore and bought the next four titles in the series. The author plans on nine altogether, so I look forward to more delightful reading. I’m already half way through the second book.

I now carry it with me. When at dinner with my spouse who is reading tweets on a hand held device, I can crack open my book without guilt. I carry it with me to lunch just in case I get a quiet table alone. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I grab the book light and read for a while.

I’m back, baby!

Skulduggery Pleasant website
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