Read a good book. Is that simple or what?
I enjoy being entertained and books can often be more entertaining that a television show or movie. Why? Because there are so many details left out of TV shows and movies due to time constraints. I particularly love a good mystery.
Many years ago, before I started writing, I attended a presentation by an older man who made me feel that he knew things – things I wanted to know, too. He said there are only thirty-two types of stories that could be written and that the key was to come up with a unique twist on an old theme. I don’t know where he got his information or if he was correct, but I’m always looking for a writer with a new twist. I’ve found several authors who fill the bill. Yippee!
However, and I’ve said this before, I prefer a mystery with some humor in it. Actually, I think I’m starting to sound like a broken record, for those of you who know what a record is. Off topic, but I was going to play an old 33 rpm record for a child once and they just couldn’t get the hang of what it was. My, how things have changed. Anyway, I’ve probably mentioned enjoying humor one too many times over the years.
There’s so much drama in our everyday lives. Why would I want to read about more? All I have to do is turn on the news and I can watch all the conflict I want. What’s happening in a book isn’t my drama. It’s someone else’s problem, and if they can handle it with humor, I’m in.
That’s not to say I don’t read some dramatic stories. I do, but the author has to really grab my attention. Maybe I’m turning into a prude, but I don’t care for graphic sex or violence, and I’m not too thrilled with graphic language.
There are authors who combine “quirky” with their humor and the combination can be quite entertaining.
I’d name names, but you have to figure out who entertains you on your own. Maybe some of my reading choices would be considered “quirky”. You may enjoy something more traditional.
I’ve read every single book written by some authors, and there are others who seem to change their style midstream. Sometimes that works. Sometimes it doesn’t. I once stopped reading an author’s work because of a comment made to readers at the beginning of the book. It was rude, to say the least. I’m still not naming names, but I didn’t care for what the writer did to some of the characters in the book, either. Oh, well, it was the author’s choice.
Short post this week. Spread your wings and try some new (to you) authors.
Do you have any thoughts to offer about the subject of reading and how you choose your reading material? I’d love to hear them. Maybe I’ll learn something new.
Until next week, I hope you have a good week, that you read an entertaining book, and that nothing happens to switch your Cranky Button on. Enjoy life!
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