For something different, I’m borrowing a question from … here! One of the very first questions ever at Booking Through Thursday. Back from 2005 when Laura owned the blog but, because it was so new, it didn’t get as many responses as it does now … so, why not revisit?
Here’s the question:
Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…
1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
3. Is this normal for you?
4. Where do you keep your current reads?
1. Oh Lordy yes! If there weren’t such a thing as bookmarks, I don’t know what I’d do. I’m reading Equality: The Quest for the Happy Marriage by Tim Kellis, The Obama Revolution by Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, and several more, just don’t have them here by the computer.
2. Hmm…I’d say about five.
3. LOL, yes, this is normal. A bad habit which comes from trying to do a million things at one time.
4. I usually keep them here by the computer but some are left downstairs having not made it upstairs.
If you’re anything like me, there are songs that you love because of their lyrics; writers you admire because their songs have depth, meaning, or just a sheer playfulness that has nothing to do with the tunes. So, today’s question? What songs … either specific songs, or songs in general by a specific group or writer … have words that you love? Why? And … do the tunes that go with the fantastic lyrics live up to them? You don’t have to restrict yourself to modern songsters, either … anyone who wants to pick Gilbert & Sullivan, for example, is just fine with me. Lerner & Loewe? Steven Sondheim? Barenaked Ladies? Fountains of Wayne? The Beatles? Anyone at all…
I’ve always been a fan of the Beatles. Listen to the words. James Taylor. My son gave me a “best of” James Taylor CD at Christmas – one of my favorite gifts! I love what Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young did about the Vietnam War – their songs reflected the times. Songs that move me, they’re the best ones of all.
Today’s topic: If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No … it’s because you want to know what happens next?
Or, um, is it just me?
As I’m reading, no, I’m not paying attention to character development, although the end, I might notice that the characters were fantastic or not fully developed. I’m reading Angus Munro’s book, A FULL HOUSE – BUT EMPTY, and you know, I’m not realizing it but it’s the character development that is keeping me turning pages. There are some things I can’t wait to find out, like does he ever make amends with his mother or maybe I am turning pages to find out what happens to him as he grows up? This is a fantastic book so far. Now, there was another book where I was turning pages because of interaction between two characters who were madly in love and I really wanted to see how these characters progressed as we went along – what flaws did they have? Did they conquer their fears to be with one another? But I guess to answer your question, I do mainly read for the storyline of course, but the characters play a huge part in whether I keep turning or not. If they’re boring from the get go, no storyline is going to save this book.