Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Summer Time, The Livin' Ain't Easy


This image has nothing to do with this post. Some guy had posted it on forum. His friend had it taped on the back of his bathroom door. It made me spit out my Mountain Dew.

A lot has been going on lately. I've got three people's birthdays to plan for (two best friends and my aunt). I helped my mom do some yardwork last weekend. I completely landscaped a large flower bed of hers, and it looks gorgeous. I will post some pics as soon as I get them. Also some trips to look forward to, planning to move near the end of the summer, and other miscellaneous crap.

My cat's eye looks a lot better, but it has not completely cleared up.

I may be writing a book review for the City Paper, we will see how that goes.

One area that has suffered lately is my reading habits. I used to read about a book every two weeks. About three weeks ago I picked up a book called The Darwin Conspiracy. I abandoned it after about twenty pages because it bored me to tears. I haven't really picked up anything else since then except for The Onion.

I have this habit of abandoning books if they don't keep me interested through the first two chapters. A lot of people might consider this a waste, like walking out of a movie. I have never walked out of a movie. The difference between a bad book and a bad movie is that the movie only takes away two hours of your life, while a bad book can rob you of whole weeks. Plus if I walk out of a movie, I can't walk back in a couple weeks later for free. I can always return to a bad book, and I have at certain times. I had an on-again-off-again relationship with Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I made myself keep reading it and to try to think it was good, because The New York Times told me so. I gave up halfway through the 550 page book. It took a week during my beach vacation to get only that far. I felt I'd been robbed of good beach reading.

Buying books can be a tricky business. If you buy a bad new book, you've wasted enough money that could have covered two movies. My only consolation is that someday someone will pay me to read these bad books and write even worse reviews.

3 comments:

Cyrus said...

I saw you have Christopher Moore in your reading list...did you read Lamb yet? I found it funny, in a "we just went to sunday school, let's make bible puns" sort of way.

Many Manifestos said...

Yes, that was the first book of his I read. I received it as a birthday gift about three years ago. It's on the list of my top ten favorite books.

Esther said...

I'm reading Middlesex right now - I'm not sure what I think, though since it doesn't bore me, I'm sticking with it.