Monday, January 5, 2009

One time read vs. multi time read

Hi Janice *waves*,

I'm not exactly picky when it comes to what I read. I read voraciously, except for when I'm knitting since I really do prefer honest to goodness books to audio books.

That said, I long ago came up with the category one time reads. These are books I've read, maybe succumbing to peer pressure or publicity or maybe the author snubbed Oprah. (Jonathan Franzen and The Corrections - blech.) I've read them the one time, sometimes I even finished them, and that was enough. I finally left the book club that I started since very few of the books appealed to me. One year I realized I'd only read part of 4 out of 12 books, and that was the year I left.

I'm thinking the Amelia Peabody books may fall into that category for me. I found after I read the Lord of the Rings the first time, I hungered to know more. Thus I started buying the other books, such as The Simarillion. Wow! I spent time at night wondering about Frodo living in the West. I really cared about those characters. While I'm enjoying the Amelia Peabody books, I'm don't find myself pondering about their fates. In fact, while reading the first one, I noticed elements of a romance novel running throughout it. I wasn't surprised to find that Elizabeth Peters also writes romance novels. That explained a lot.

I shall certainly enjoy reading them, but even in this fourth one it seems Amelia is becoming...well, let's put it this way. The forward certainly gives the author the leeway to make Amelia a bit more of a caricature of herself. Oh, and when I think about Ramses, her son, I keep reminding myself it's just fiction. Of course, child prodigies do exist, but really.

Soon, I'll blog about some books I love to read over and over again.


Janice in GA said...

Oops, am I commenting too much? I hope not, but let me know if I am. I just find things to respond to in your posts.

Over the years, I've moved a lot. Toting large numbers of books from one place to another was a huge royal PITA. Back in the late '80s, I finally decided I'd HAVE to get rid of some of them. That's when I hit on the "read once" category.

There are a bunch of books that I'm perfectly happy reading one time, and then never again. I'd drop those off in the AAUW book drop (are those still around??) or Goodwill or something.

Nowadays, I buy electronic versions of stuff I want to read as much as possible. My shelf space requirements have dropped considerably! :)

The Chickengoddess said...

Thank you for your kind thoughts. This has been tough on us, but we're all doing ok now. I always want them to last forever, but I'm thankful for what time we do have with them. Sorry to answer you in your comments. Blogger is giving me the no-reply addresses on most commentors! Aargh!