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December 07, 2010

Rating Reading

Reading some books is like walking through fields of thistles. Struggling to walk through brambles and thorns sometimes while stepping over and around obstacles. Clothes and limbs bleeding when the end of the book is reached.

Reading other books is more of an adventure without the hardship. Reading each chapter is like balancing on moss covered stones in waist deep freezing water. There is the anxiety of remaining erect while at the same time daring the slippery stones to drop me into the cold water.

Some books are too tame for me. They don't cause me to think or use my imagination. I am just reading words. It only takes a few pages of reading to know this type of book is not going to hold my interest.

This scale reminds me of The Three Bears, porridge too hot, too cold, and just right. The books that interest me are somewhere between too hot and just right.

37 comments:

Anne H said...

You are an excellent writer!
And yes - some books make you go
"Yikes!"

Brian Miller said...

i hear you...i try to keep a fairly open mind with books...but if you dont grab me it will make its way to the holding pile for when i have nothing left to read...

Gary's third pottery blog said...

well, there is HOT and then there is also HAWT :)

Rock Chef said...

Love the idea of a 3 Bears grading for books! Pure genius!

LL Cool Joe said...

I don't read fiction at all, but I do enjoy well written non fiction. If a book doesn't grab me after a few pages then I just give up, even if the subject matter is interesting, if it's not well written I get bored.

Jeanie said...

I love your descriptions, and they have made me think. I read a lot, and will have to give some thoughts about where my tastes fall.

DJan said...

I read a lot, too, and I at present have five books underneath my curent one. Some I didn't get into, others weren't just right for the moment, and I always peruse them again at the end of a good read, just in case. I don't know that I would keep going through a thistle-y book myself. :-)

deb said...

I don't generally read fiction, so that helps , but still.
and I love that photo !! ??

Ina in Alaska said...

Lately I have been reading a lot of memoirs rather than fiction. I am now reading, and can hardly put down, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, the story of Louie Zamperini.... wow this book is so well written it seems like I am watching a movie instead of just reading a book. What a life!!!

Tess Kincaid said...

I love the Three Bears rule of thumb!

Stickup Artist said...

I know exactly what you mean! I love your references to adventuring. Given a choice, I'd rather read what I don't understand right away or feel the words rather than know them.

Kristina P. said...

I totally agree!

LC said...

I used to finish every book I started. No longer. Time's too precious. Sure would like to see a post on some of your "just right" reads, even some in the other categories. Just wondering, would the "too hot" rating be for the "bodice-rippers"?

Lori said...

I'm with you on this too! Happy Tuesday! XX

Mama Zen said...

This is an excellent rating system!

James said...

This is a comment by hubby. In the Apple Store. I love you, booger.

blueviolet said...

I have had books finished within 24 hours and others which have taken me 3 months. I refuse to give up once I've started, but sometimes it is WORK!

Salvador Cordova said...

Good way of separating types of reads. For me, they better grab me fairly quickly or be an author I respect so much I feel obligated to read their work.

TALON said...

Neat post, TechnoBabe. When you find the "just right" book it's amazing, isn't it?

lisleman said...

wow so you read out by the stream in the back?
I notice a few others in the comments that are non-fiction readers so that's good to know since I fall in that camp. I don't like when I just have to give up on a book because it's too much of a pain to read.
So can we expect a Goldilocks/3-bear review of something soon?

Unknown Mami said...

Excellent and accurate description. I love reading. I wasn't doing much of it after my daughter was born, but now I use the time I'm on my stationary bike to read. It's great. It's the only time I really get to read uninterrupted, so it actually encourages me to exercise.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Very well put today...I so totally agree

Eileen said...

Interesting! Three Bears Ratings. I don't know what I'd call my reading ratings. I always read the last page of a book first, and if that holds my interest, then I start from the beginning. If I don't find the ending interesting, I don't bother. Weird, I know, but it works for me.
I drive my husband nuts, he says I'm missing out on a lot. And he says "Can you imagine if a book critic worked like that?" ~ Don't bother reading this book, the ending held no interest for me.
HA!
All the best,
Eileen

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

I'm often amazed at what interests me when I read. Two of my most favorite books in recent years sound quite dry: One was about early 18th-century whaling, the other about the scientific study of the Ebola virus.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I like your rating system-- It's not easing finding the books that are "just right" but when you do it's awesome.
Hope all is well with you Techno, xo jj

Robert the Skeptic said...

I read a lot of non-fiction so usually they are "just right".

gayle said...

Reading is a love of mine. Just not enough time!

Ed Pilolla said...

yes:)

Ed Pilolla said...

close to too hot, that's so good.

Kazzy said...

So, what are some of your fave books?

TechnoBabe said...

Great comments, everyone. It is such a pleasure to read books and it is a joy to read comments from people who enjoy reading too. My computer has been at the Apple store, so I use hubby's computer but not as much as I would if my own computer were here. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments.

Big Dave T said...

"It only takes a few pages of reading to know this type of book is not going to hold my interest."

Unfortunately that is what it's like for me reading just about any book. Just don't have the patience for it. Blogs I can handle however.

Syd said...

I agree. I can tell right away whether a book will keep my attention or whether it will be a chore to get through it.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

.... this entry reminds me to buy that Stephren King book. :) I only read movie reviews, I swear!

Hilary said...

I know exactly what you mean. Only you say it so well. It used to be that I would feel obligated to finish a book no matter how I felt about it a few pages into it. Not anymore. I no longer spend time on words which don't mean enough to me. Great post.

CherylK said...

I agree. I'm a Goldilocks reader, too. Lately, I've been in a Sudoku frame of mind...off books for awhile.

Marla said...

I am so with you on this. It has to be worth my time. and attention