(Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Just click on the image to share your answer to this week’s musing!)
This week’s musing is: “There’s a discussion on NPR about the simple fact that there’s no way you can read, see, and experience all the things that are available to be experienced. The two methods for dealing with it are culling (cutting out certain genres that don’t interest you) or surrender (just making peace with the facts and enjoying what you can in the time you have).
So, do you cull, or do you surrender? Or do you do both?”
I definitely do both (like most people, I’d surmise), but I think I rely a bit more on culling.
- If I see a book that looks interesting, I read reviews about it, whether on the blogs I follow or the Goodreads boards. If it doesn’t seem like something I’d enjoy, I pass on it.
- I save money by only buying the books I’m pretty certain I’ll love. If I get a book at the library and don’t like it, it’s not as big a deal.
- I try really hard to follow my 50 page rule: if I don’t love a book by page 50, I give up.
- I avoid genres and authors I know I won’t enjoy. For example, I recently gave up on trying to like dystopian novels.
As for surrendering…I guess I just accept the fact that there are billions of books out there, and I just won’t be able to read them all. Why moan over the ones I can’t read when I can spend that time enjoying a few more stories?
Happy 4th of July to my American readers, and happy Canada Day to our northern neighbors! Go outside and enjoy the sunshine!