I love reading, really – I do. But over the years I’ve gotten deeper and deeper into blogging and general internet life, I’ve found reading being a past time I normally reserve for my twitter feed. Shameful, I know. Even with a kindle, it just doesn’t beat flicking the pages of the real thing. But I always have the excuses – I don’t have time, it’s pointless because I fall asleep after two pages (not necessarily a bad thing, but does make it hard to really get into a book), I haven’t found a book I really like… the list goes on.
A group of my closest friends decided to set up a book club. I wasn’t keen. They’ve promised me it was more chatting and drinking wine than actual discussions about book – but then my argument was the why couldn’t we just meet up for a drink, why does enforced group reading have to be part of it. Again, not that I’m against reading by any means – but the idea of reading a book to a deadline and then discussing it in a group just makes me think of school and it didn’t appeal as a social activity in all honesty. So I passed on the book club, my friends went ahead – and low and behold a few months down the line and FOMO has kicked in. Hearing stories of that book club night that ended up with espresso martini until 1am and I figured I should get over my negativity towards said book club and get involved.
That being said, the first book on the roster didn’t really win me over. I tried, I really did – I made it my mission to read it. Taking it with me every time I locked myself away for a bath, switching iPad reading for the book.
The book in question is ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler. I think my problem was that my focus is just off sometimes – I think I blame the internet. My attention span is just absolutely shot for something like reading! It’s awful. Plus, my usual choice of book is generally quite trashy/easy reading – as it’s usually something I reserve for zone-out time when on holiday.
But all that being said, I really do want to get back into reading. Am determined to finish the book I’ve started – and then pick up another. I want to take more time to switch off all the internet connected gadgets in my life and go back to basics with a book.
I’d love to hear some book recommendations. I tend to like… books set in America, relatively modern day (no period drama type stuff), crime thrillers… I used to have a thing for Jodi Picoult but think I’ve moved on a bit, but anything along that sort of line would be interesting! Please let me know your suggestions below!