I work in a library. Before I started working there, I had a very limited spectrum that I stuck to. I read the same authors (usually). We are a small library, so all the employees get a chance to learn different tasks. We all check in books and check them out for patrons. That means that my hands touch more books than I will ever actually read. In this manner, my reading spectrum has expanded to include authors that I never thought I would read. I even tried Danielle Steel once, but I couldn’t get through the first seven pages. Admittedly, it was one of her new ones, Legacy, and I am thinking that she was probably a much better writer when she first started out. At least, I hope so.
Some of my favorite books that I have randomly come across at the library are books that I probably never thought I would read under other circumstances. The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World was a really neat book, but I couldn’t get through the whole thing. Once it went into all the math, I couldn’t continue.
When I picked up Love Affair by Leslie Kenton, I knew it was a book I would have never read under normal circumstances. Not because I didn’t want to, but just because I wouldn’t have come across it had it not been for the library.
My favorite find recently was a book called Night Train, set in 1963 in North Carolina. It is about a two young musicians who forge a friendship across the boundaries of race. The author’s writing style is just fantastic; I thought it was quite unique.
And now, I am reading a book that I never thought I would ever pick up: The Help. I am generally not the type of person who enjoys anything that the mainstream media promotes. Not because I’m necessarily against the mainstream media (that discussion is for another time) but simply because my tastes are usually a little odd and “off the beaten path.”
I am surprised that I am enjoying this book. I couldn’t stop reading it last night, and I stayed up much too late trying to get to the next chapter. Thanks to the author’s talent for engrossing story telling, I woke up late this morning, feeling excessively groggy. But it was worth it!
I started reading the book because I am going to see the movie with my friend Tina on Tuesday. I thought it would be more of a chore than anything else. Once again, thanks to the library, my horizon has been broadened.
What is everyone else reading?