I made a good decision to abandon a book this weekend. It was tough because I really liked the author’s previous book so much. I was highly anticipating this one, but it just felt reeeeaallllyyyy slooooowwwww and incredibly detailed, and I just didn’t feel compelled to pick it up again. I got 90 pages in and then I had to cut bait. I think perhaps it was just my frame of mind and I’ll try it again another time. But, by letting it go now I was able to dive into a book I was genuinely eager to read: Roxane Gay’s memoir Hunger. I’m racing through it and find it most compelling. Tough subject matter (Gay was brutally gang-raped at the age of 12, and has struggled with morbid obesity ever since) but I was prepared for that going in. I’m drawn to books about weight and body image struggles because I’ve always been a bit on the chubby side myself and have gone through ups and down with body image my whole life. But honestly, I think even if you’ve never experienced a “weight problem” you might still want to pick this one up. It’s a searing examination of what it’s like to be a fat person today, in our world, with our society’s fat phobia and miniscule airline seats and reality TV shows about losing weight. It’s a brave book, and I’m really into it so far.
I’m also listening to an audio book that is about as far away from Hunger as one can get: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, read by the amazing Jim Dale. I believe that my audio book reading for the rest of the year will be the remaining books in the series. I’ve read them in paper form years ago, of course, but experiencing them again in this format is a true treat. I’d forgotten how insufferable Gilderoy Lockhart was – Dale nails his smarmy voice perfectly. I’m one disc from the end so the action is really getting good. Yes, I listen to audio book CDs (from my library) in my car! I haven’t succumbed to an Audible subscription yet. I keep thinking I will one day, and then I remember the gazillion podcasts I subscribe to and listen to on my phone, so I hold off. One day!
As for 20 Books of Summer, I’ve read books 10 and 11, but haven’t yet written about them. Look for a mini-review post in the next few days. I am most certainly NOT going to have read all 20 books by September 3! At this point I honestly don’t even remember what books are on my
original revised list, ha ha! I’m pretty sure that Hunger wasn’t on there. Oh well, who really cares? At some point in the next couple of months I’ll have read 20 books and written about them, right? It will all work out. 🙂
So, if you’re participating, how are you doing with 20 Books of Summer? If you’re not, how are you at abandoning books? Do you feel a pang of guilt, especially when it’s an author you’ve previously enjoyed? What’s the last great audio book you listened to? let me know in the comments.