A book that seems to be my life is THE RAZOR’S EDGE by W.S. Maughn. I reread it often. EAST OF EDEN had a big effect on me.
I find something good in nearly every book I read. If I don’t like it or get into it I put it aside. My appreciation of the written word has changed. If someone went through the rigors of writing a book. I do not dismiss the effort as I believe it has merit to the author and I cannot always see or appreciate it. I really have never finished a book that I did not see a value.
One of my sisters loves action thrillers. She gave me her NOOK and she had a bunch of Rollins books. The first sentence was in the passive voice and I put it down. I will read it but I know that it is a different type of literature. I will learn from this book. I read the acknowledgements and the research and already I see the effort, the organization of the work albeit the prose may not be what I get lost in.
It is not a book that I dislike but sometimes it is an author. The author promotes a book and presents as a self righteous I know something person and that can turn me off. Usually I do not read that work because I see it as a political expression but that seems to occur because I saw the author.
I have been involved in reading groups and I see how we can read the same book and take from it what is foremost in OUR thoughts. I enjoy when someone gives a thoughtful presentation of a work.