I Need To Find That Book

I have read 4 books in the past month, and I am still searching for that book. You know the one; you stay up late reading it, fall asleep reading it, put off chores reading it, skip cooking dinner reading it, forget-the-world-around-you exists reading it. You hate to set it down and cannot wait to pick it back up. The book you think about when you are supposed to be thinking about something else. The book that makes you not hear what is being said to you because you are replaying in your head the last thing you read, and imagining what is going to happen next.

I’ve read a lot of those books. Just not recently. The books I’ve read have been good; just not the stand-in-line-before-midnight type of books. I crave a story that makes me laugh out loud, cry, cringe with fear, feel sick with disgust, believe in miracles, or feel like I will never read a book that good again.

For me, those books were written by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer (yes, those books!), Andrew Greeley, Gregory McGuire, Stephen King, Judy Blume, William Johnstone, V.C. Andrews, James Patterson, and so many others I could fill two pages.

When I was a young girl and teenager I could not read enough Encyclopedia Brown and The Three Investigators books, or The Boxcar Children. I will still randomly go to the library and check out about 10 of these books on that rare occasion when I know it is going to be a quiet, childless weekend.

Sometimes I worry that writing has gone commercial. Do you know what I mean? Someone has a contract, and has to churn out these books, and it turns into cookie-cutter reading that sounds a little like that story you read last year, but a couple things are different so it’s OK.

Where is the creativity? The magic? The unbelievable that is written so you believe it? I need that book.

Have you seen this book I’m looking for?

Epic Fail For Me!

Well, my goal of finishing “Killing Jesus” by Sunday did not work out well for me. I have managed to make it to chapter 5, as I failed to really pick up the book all weekend. I used my opportunities to read and instead caught up on several TV shows that I did not need to watch but did anyways 🙂 It really wasn’t necessary for me to watch all 4 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy’s new season, but after the 1st nine seasons I guess I am invested in this show. Oh, and Survivor. Same situation. Watched the first 4 episodes that I missed. I am generally not a television watcher, except for The Big Bang Theory. And anyone who enjoys this show doesn’t need me to explain it’s appeal. And then there was Sleepy Hollow. I missed the latest two episodes so I had to watch those as well.

Oh. Back to the story. The 1st four chapters basically deal with the Roman empire, its numerous rulers, and what happened to whom up to the point of Jesus being a young man and staying behind in the temple to discuss religion and Mary and Joseph not realizing he had stayed behind until the next day. I had no interest in the Roman Empire history, which is really strange for me as I am a huge history buff. I have to say, the footnotes have lightened up a bit. This was just a little too far back in time to keep and hold my attention. I have every good intention of getting this book finished ASAP. Now that the story has reached Jesus’ life, I think it will hold my interest more. Even so, I am still trying to figure out what book I will be reading next 🙂 Any suggestions?

I am feeling the need to read C.S. Lewis’s “The Silver Chair” as I have heard they are going to get this movie made, Finally! I also have a couple books on my shelf that I got off the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble. I am also behind on my James Patterson books, as he seems to put out a new book every week 🙂 What are you reading?