Blogging, books

I’m just

a tad worried,

a trifle concerned …

Why, you might be asking?

You see, I have a problem.

It’s got to do with books and reading – a subject dear to my heart.

I have been bringing home stacks of library books, which is my habit,

but I could not

could not

could not

find a novel that “grabbed” me.

You know what I mean. The kind of story that draws you in.

The kind that you read while you’re stirring something on the stove,

or while waiting for doctors and dentists and red lights to turn green,

or late, late, at night, tucked under the covers.

A book that you just can’t put down until you find out what happens.

The kind of book that when you finish reading, you do what I did as a child –

clasp it to your heart,

sigh a deep, contented sigh,

and, if it was especially good,

(and if no one was looking)

kiss the cover.

(Ok – I don’t do that anymore.)

But you understand.

A good book. A stirring story. A riveting tale.

I couldn’t find one – until the other day.

I was in the library and I noticed this paperback on the  book sale shelf.

The Siege of Krishnapur by J G Farrell – winner of the Booker Prize in 1973

Listen to the review on the back cover:

“What a book. it has everything you could expect to find in a big old-fashioned novel or several of them – characters, suspense, military action, romantic attachments, satire, wit, tenderness, philosophy. In my family, nobody, from the age of 18 to over 60, could put it down.”

I would buy it for that review alone. It’s a perfect description of the type of story I love.

I’ve just begun it and it’s gripping.

 And, not only have I discovered a wonderful novel,

 I also am reading a new non-fiction book

The Art of Eating by M. F. K. Fisher

Smply a feast of words.

(HT – thanks T)

 * * *

And now, (lowered voice)

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been bothered by a nagging thought.

I didn’t really want to admit it, but I was a wee bit afraid that my reading of blogs might have something to do with the aforementioned problem.

Could blog reading be affecting my ability to concentrate on a story?

I wasn’t having trouble with non-fiction but I was definitely fidgety with the novels I was trying.

Was I one of the many victims of the phenomena described in the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?

And, more to the heart of the matter, was my favourite part of the Internet – blog-reading – to blame??

Well…

apparently not.

I’ve been rescued by The Siege of Krishnapur.

Thanks J G Farrell.

I’d kiss you if I could.

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13 thoughts on “I’m just

  1. I just began an old children’s book — The Railway Children — and I’m loving it.Glad you found just the right book to read. I hope you’ll review it when you’re done.I keep thinking when I get my new glasses, I’ll want to read more (needing bifocals now).Jody

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  2. I have certainly been there! I think any real reader has! So glad you found a winner. I’ll be keeping my eye out for it.By the way, I tagged you for a new reading meme!

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  3. Oh, I know exactly what you mean when nothing quite grabs you…..I’ve been there a few times. I have never heard of the Siege of Krishanpur but based on your recommendation I shall keep an eye out for it.Don’t you just love MFK Fisher’s way with words! I really enjoyed The Art of Eating. She’s one of a kind. Her personal story is fascinating if you ever get into finding out more about her.

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  4. Well, then. . .thank you for doing this research for the rest of us. . .and finding the book that will carry us away to a place of delightful escape. It is indeed a relief to hear from an expert that blogging will not be blamed for the fear you suggested. . .

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  5. I loved this post!! I’m reading it thinking, "Yes! I’m in the same boat! Did you find one? What is it?" I’ve also been jumping from fiction to fiction to fiction…I’m headed to my library’s website right after I’m done with this comment! I"m gonna’ look for that MFK Fisher book, too!Thanks for this fun post and a good book recommendation!!

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  6. oh goody! i am in desperate need of a gripping novel too. (though i did just crack open Willa Cather’s Death Comes to the Archbishop and i like it a lot.)i’m going to go search for your title. (and i’m so glad you are enjoying MFK Fisher…she’s amazing!)love ya.

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  7. I just pasted the title into our online library system…"nothing found" was the reply. The description did sound like a good one, and I hope you continue to enjoy the story. Like you, I sooo enjoy blog reading. I enjoy human interest stories and keeping up with people, so blog reading is a natural fit! It’s hard to find time to read books! I’m not sure if that’s good or bad!

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  8. I’m pretty sure that blog reading is affecting my ability to concentrate and pay attention; (in reading and in may ways) so much so that I am going to take a long break from the internet–maybe until after the first of the year.I may still update my own blog because it has become our family’s journal and memory book but other than that, I think I need a break. Your book sounds just like what I need. . .Thanks

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