How Do I Read Thee? Let Me Count The Ways
Books in 2009. It was fun to be reunited with the characters of Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky who I
have enjoyed for years. Much of the action took place in the vividly described chaos and horror of the
war in Iraq. I was engulfed in the story, I could not predict the turn of events, and the ending was
satisfying and completely fair to the readers. Now, I’m not just recommending John Lescroart’s
Betrayal, although I do recommend it highly, I am also commenting on my own behavior. Toward the
end of the book I found myself taking time to read my e-mail and putting the book down and trying,
unsuccessfully to guess the end. Much as I wanted to know the ending I stretched out my reading
because I wanted to savor the book, like a gourmet meal.
In contrast, when I read Lee Child’s Gone Tomorrow I did not savor the book. I
thoroughly enjoyed it from the first page to the last. Again I recommend it highly.
Interestingly, a good deal of the back-story was set in Afghanistan during the war
between natives and Russian military forces. Toward the end of the book, if there
was any change in my pace of reading, I read faster wanting to see the confrontation
between Jack Reacher and a small army of fanatics. The clique description for this
sort of book is a “page-turner.” I wanted to eat it up like popcorn.
There are authors whose style I linger over as I read like Carolyn Hart, Nancy Pickard and Louise
Penny, the experience reminds me of extended conversations with good friends. There are authors who
transport me to a different time and place like Babara Hambly and Anne Perry. Reading them is like
watching a compelling movie.
annoyance like when mosquitoes invade a cook out, to serious anger when I have to restrain myself
from throwing the book against the wall. When I read a really bad book, I etch the author’s name into
my memory in the short list of authors never to be read again.
How do you read?