These are the sorts of decisions that I end up dithering over, and if I trusted myself to always put down a book I started without finishing it, I probably wouldn’t hesitate to try them.
The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
It’s a memoir (love those). It’s about a librarian (former librarian here, of course I like that).
A so-so review by a trusted source. He’s got Tourettes, and apparently there is a fair amount of bad language in the book. I don’t always mind that, but if there’s tons of it, I get tired of reading it.
Leaning strongly towards skipping this one. Just not feeling compelled to pick it up, so I keep pulling it off the bookshelf and then putting it back for something else instead.
You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations by Michael Ian Black
The author is hilarious on those “I love the 80s/90s/whatever” shows. Hilarious.
Celebrity memoirs and me generally don’t mix.
Leaning towards reading the first chapter and seeing if I like his voice and story-telling.
A Game of Thrones (Book 1 in the A Song of Ice and Fire series) by George R. R. Martin
I’ve started it, and it is captivating. I can’t stop thinking about the characters, and I want to know what else happens with them.
It’s high fantasy, and a long series, so if I love it I’ll have lots more to look forward to.
Minuses: It’s super long, and it’s a series with additional long books. Is it worth the reading time?
It’s fairly graphic (I can’t imagine watching it. Reading it is a lot milder for me, and that’s bad enough.) Do I want to spend my reading time immersed in this world?
So far, it seems like it may be bleak. Do I want to spend my reading time on something that may end up being relentlessly bleak?
The books aren’t all out yet, so I could read this one and then be desperate for the others in the series. Leaning towards punting on a permanent decision, and instead waiting until they’re all published to decide at that point.
Living With Less So Your Family Has More by Jill and Mark Savage
The topic is one in which I’m interested, and about which I like finding new inspiration.
I’ve started it ages ago, and never feel compelled to read more in it.
So far nothing in it has been new or a fresh way of expressing things. Maybe I read enough frugal living blogs that this seems so repetitive and dull?
Reviews on it seem like people either love it or hate it, and so far I’m certainly not loving it.
Strongly leaning towards bringing it back to the library. It’s been months and all I manage is a page or two a week it’s so dull. Even though I haven’t made it to the 50-page mark, I think I’ve given it a good shot and it’s just not the book for me.
Anyone else ever have to talk yourself through deciding whether or not to read a book? Or is this just my weird thing?