Saturday, January 9, 2010

There's a Difference, Eh?

I've said two things in the past that came together in my mind today.

1. "This book is so great I read it in a day!"
2. "This book is so great I'm only halfway through!" (This said after working on it for a couple of weeks or longer.)

There's a difference, eh?

On the flip side, the same thing could be said for books you're not enjoying, just maybe a little different.

1. "This book is so terrible I'm just going to race through it."
2. "This book is so terrible it's taking me forever to read."



  1. so I just got A Circle of Quiet in the mail today. Will the experience be #1 or #2.

  2. #2 for me (in the top category of course). Some others might chime in with their thoughts on that as well. Can't wait to hear what you think!

  3. My experience was closer to #1 of the top group. I tend to be that way with a good book. I enjoy reading it so much I just want to get through it and see how it ends!

  4. Lately all books have been #2, whether in the top or bottom category, I just can't seem to speed read like I used to.

  5. OF course the top category...Darn it, I got 4 new books in one day. Such decisions.

  6. OH...just to illustrate I understand your point...

    In the first category:

    1. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
    2. John Adams (David McCullough)

    In the second category:

    1. Twilight
    2. Hmmm...I don't know because if it is that bad, I don't keep reading.

  7. Love the illustration. And I agree with second category #2. I used to feel like if I was going to put that much energy into a book that I should finish and see if it gets any better. I've realized there are so many greats, why waste the time?

    Did you know Adam was in a speech contest in December and the topic was John Adams? I read bits of McCullough's book to help him prepare and want to read the whole thing sometime. Need to do 1776 first...