Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my musing for this week–
Have you ever been intimidated by a book?
I read a lot in many different genres and about a lot of different topics. I’m not afraid of lengthy books—in fact, I spent a good part of one summer reading Robert Caro’s award winning, multiple volume set of biographies on LBJ—thousands of pages in all—and I LOVED every day of it! So I don’t think I’m the type of person who’s afraid to get in there and dig into a challenging book.
Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, however, has me feeling very apprehensive and, yes—intimidated.
I’ve read and enjoyed Donna Tartt’s previous books—The Little Friend (liked it) and The Secret History (REALLY liked it!). Neither of those were what I’d call easy, light reads—but they were both well worth the effort and time it took to read them. I’ve been looking forward to reading Goldfinch ever since the buzz began. At least one of my blogging buddies has read it and given it a five-star review (Kwizgiver, I’m looking at YOU!)—but I just can’t seem to convince myself to get started.
I bought Goldfinch for my kindle about a month ago—it was on sale for a ridiculously low price, I knew it would be forever until I got to the top of the hold list at my library, and I didn’t like the idea of toting around a 700+ page book anyway. Plus, it’s not a book I’m going to whip through in a weekend. So it’s here . . . waiting . . . just waiting for me to hit that touch screen and begin reading.
I can’t do it!
Maybe I’m afraid that I just don’t have the time right now to devote to such a long, involved novel. Maybe it’s that I’ve got such a big stack of library books right now that I’m trying to make my way through. Maybe I’m worried that it just can’t live up to the hype. At any rate, I’m hoping that one of these days . . . weeks . . . months. . . I’ll be ready to take the plunge and jump in. And one of the great things about books is that it’ll still be here when I’m ready to do so.
How about you? Are there any books that you’ve been reluctant or intimidated to begin reading? Have you read The Goldfinch, is it on your TBR list, or is it a book that you’re just not into? Any encouraging words to convince me to get started? Please share!