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May 27 2010

Books I Couldn’t Put Down…But Had To Because I Exhausted My Renewals

by Jnai W

Working in DCPL, for me, is like being a kid in a candy store. All day long I’m surrounded by intriguing and irresistible books and media. As a result, I often take leave of my senses and borrow more items than I can reasonably read in 3, 6 or even 9 weeks. Thus, I find myself returning many items before I have the chance to complete them, vowing to one day pick up each book where I left off. Here are a few titles that top my To Be Continued list:

Evil: An Investigation by Lance Morrow:  Of all the different types of books in the Library, I find that I’m drawn to nonfiction more than anything else. I love books that are thought-provoking, informative, startling and, in many cases, infuriating. So you can imagine how intrigued I’d be by a book entitled Evil. Morrow’s essay is an examination of an idea that’s as ancient as time and as elusive as eternity. What is evil? Can it be quantified? Can it be controlled or vanquished? How should I know? I didn’t get to finish this one.

Paint It Black by Janet Fitch:  This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed and came this close to finishing but I think it was fairly new at the time and I couldn’t renew it. Either way, this story introduces us to Josie Tyrell, a young actress/model, coping with the death of her boyfriend and forging an uneasy relationship with Meredith, her boyfriend’s mother. It’s a book that I poured over and thoroughly enjoyed reading. Alas, that wasn’t enough to allow me to finish reading it in my three allotted weeks.

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton: Normally, I have little trouble reading through Unauthorized Biographies. They are easy to digest, chock full of gossip and delicious dish from reliably unreliable sources and, perhaps most importantly, once one has finished reading it, there’s no distracting aftertaste of profundity and a lesson learned. I don’t remember what, if anything, I learned from the few pages I read of this. But everytime I watch Jerry Maguire it reminds me I never did finish that Tom Cruise book.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: I’ve tried several times throughout my life to finish this one. Not that it’s not a classic and an incredible book. It’s just that, whenever I’m in the midst of this book, another book always comes along and catches my eye. But I’ve been watching the animated film since I was kid so maybe I that’s why I keep skipping it over on my To Be Continued List (“Well, I do already know the story…and I did see all of the Lord of The Rings films. I’ll just come back to it…”).  But that’s not really much of an excuse, is it?

What’s on you guys’ To Be Continued List?

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Veronica W May 27, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I have no “To Be Continued” list. I read only one book at a time and if I don’t finish one, it’s because I either hated it or it just couldn’t hold my interest. I may stockpile books as they catch my eye, but I still read them one at a time. (Now how insufferably stuffy does that sound? :-))

Greg H. June 17, 2010 at 2:48 PM

I have been brought up short by a few books; in college I couldnt get past the first 100 pages of MIDDLEMARCH for my Victorian Literature class. Not even the possibility of a lowered GPA could make me push on and I’ve never been tempted to tackle George Eliot again. It seems that my taste in books normally veers far from those titles that are most in demand so renewing is usually not a problem.

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