Once upon a time, there was a really popular book-turned-movie series about a boy that makes bread and a girl with funny name. They have to compete to the death or trick the system. Weird. Strange. Not my lane, at all. Then people I love and respect kept recommending it. Finally I read it. And I LOVED it. The end.
Lesson learned: sometimes you’ve got to try books that you don’t want to read. Without sounding too deep and meaningful here, pushing ourselves to do things we don’t want to do is how we grow.
Actually, this has happened to me very often. I have no interest in reading a book, for whatever reason, but someone recommends it or picks it for book club. I grudgingly read it and end up loving it. Besides The Hunger Games, it’s been true of Water for Elephants, Seabiscuit, and more recently, Steel Will.
I know we’ve all been there. Someone has recommended a book (or maybe even bought it for you!) and you don’t want to read it. There’s a new series sweeping the nation and you have no interest in it. Or maybe a friend has been harping that you need to read such-and-such book but you haven’t gotten to it yet.
This is your month! (and mine!)
For this challenge, I debated between the Harry Potter series (Yes, I know, I really need to read those books!), the Outlander series (can I just watch the TV show instead?) and Cinder (but it sounds so creepy!). Ultimately, I decided on another book. It popped out at me while I was browsing at the bookstore and I thought to myself, “Why does everyone love this book so much? I don’t get it.” Then I knew I needed it for this challenge.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein
I have never, ever seen Amazon reviews this stellar before: 79% of 7,000 reviewers have given this book a 5-star rating. What?! It’s craziness! I don’t really know very much about this book, other than it’s told through the eyes of a dog. I have a feeling there will be tears. Despite my hesitation, I’m diving in. 7,000 people can’t be wrong….(right?!)
If you need some ideas, this list might help.
Your Turn: Is there a popular series that you have no interest in reading? Which book are you going to (somewhat unwillingly) read this month?