Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Reads: In the Mood for Words

I realized today that while the majority of the books I'm in the middle of right now are YA, they basically have nothing in common with each other.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Damage by A.M. Jenkins

Of course I've been reading all of these books for awhile now, but each is perfect for a different mood. When I want a little adventure mixed in with some romance, I delve into the story of Cammie Morgan and her fellow spies at the Gallagher Academy. When I want an audiobook that's going to make me laugh and cry (often at the same time), I travel to Oakland in the late 1960's. If I'm in the mood for some self-improvement and word play, I get down and dirty with Grammar Girl. Or for those moments when I want to curl up and just feel, I depend on Austin Reid's second-person narrations to make me see that the world is so much bigger than my own emotions.

People tend to get fixated on sitting down and finishing a book cover-to-cover. I used to think like that, too. But often times, we need a reprieve for the intense emotions of literary novels or a day trip into the world of nonfiction to broaden our horizons. Just because we can't finish a book in one sitting doesn't mean it's not a good book or even that we're not enjoying it. All it means is that book might not be the right choice for that one moment.

So if you're having trouble getting through the book you're currently reading, try putting it down for something completely different. At least for a little while.

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