Today's Musing Monday asks you to answer one of these prompts and this week's question:
I'm currently reading Catherine Anderson's book New Leaf: A Mystic Creek Novel. I'm disappointed reading the book but I can't tell if it's the book or me. I got used to reading my fun adventurous Fox & O'Hare Series by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. And swinging back to a Romance novel (which usually I love) is just not grabbing my interest. The book itself probably in days gone by would of been OK, maybe even good. I like her other books and I'm making myself finish it (I just can't stand not finishing what I start) and then Outlander by Diana Gabaldon might be my next read. I have several copies- a lovely paperback and the 25th anniversary edition- since it's my favorite book. I just am craving something more in a read with twists and turns and rich descriptions and I was looking at the book racks yesterday and I was totally stumped. I just want something different and I'm not sure what that is yet. So I'll read what I know I'd like.
THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name your least favorite plot device employed by way too many books that you actually enjoyed, otherwise.
In answer to this week's question I'd have to say that I usually love Romance novels, my new turn off by this one might be temporary or maybe I'm making a turn for more in-depth novels. Of course that could end when I next grab a favorite Romance novel author. At any rate a popular plot device for Romance novels is the downward dramatic turn about 3/4 of the way through. I know it's to add drama, but I read a Romance novel for a happy ending and contrary to real life, I am just not interested in the negative, oh-so-suddenly-something-horrible happened part. Probably why I have a hard time reading any books labeled a classic (unless a kid's book) because they all seem so dour. Like "The Bell Jar"- thank you, but no I did not need to read this as a teen! Poor taste reading about suicide and romanticizing it by making it poetic. It still sticks with me. And "Of Mice and Men"- I'm still traumatized from high school about a squashed mouse by a huge man! Got the point- yup, dramatic. So I like my nice reads. Tired of murder mysteries- did that for a few decades, a decade ago.
So as I was looking at the book racks yesterday, I'm stymied- happy books are the Romances. Yet I'm getting a bit bored because they are, in general, predictable. Get into the "real fiction" aisle and it's all murder, mayhem. No good thoughts there. So I'm on a new journey to find a new type of book and meanwhile I think I'll park myself back at my favorite series- "Outlander".
Oliver the cat "helping" with my knitting
And I started a beautiful poncho out of two skeins that I reclaimed from an unfinished project-
Happy Reading this week!