When it comes to books, everyone has a hot-button issue for which they have no patience. For some people it’s books about animals. For other people it’s stories narrated by children.
For me, it’s books with suspense (and suspense can mean a lot of things – often it’s emotional tension). Only, it’s not that I don’t read them, it’s that I read ahead, a behavior which, I know, makes people burn with disbelief and rage.
But besides books that make noise, there is nothing that irritates me more than books where I’m too distracted by pesky plot points to pay attention to the writing, the structure, the sentences.
And so I read ahead. Not all the way ahead. Just ahead enough to release the pressure of whatever action in the story has me on the edge of my seat, thus allowing me to get back to pleasurable activity of reading, undistracted.
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So, for all you suspense lovers/haters out there, here’s a list of five fantastic books that made me – ahem – pick up the pace.
● To the End of the Land by David Grossman
● Room by Emma Donoghue
● Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
● Play it As it Lays by Joan Didion
● Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon
What’s your hot-button topic when it comes to books?