Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book Death: An Inner Monologue

How is it that I like a book one moment and completely stop reading it the next?

Such has been the fate of Franny and Zooey, though I can't say I won't finish or that I consider it a DNF.

To begin from the beginning: Salinger died, I got all nostalgic and decided to read something other than Catcher, so I picked up my library's copy of Franny and Zooey. I raced through the "Franny" section and then I slowed down on "Zooey," and pretty soon the book is sitting on top of my bedroom bookshelves collecting dust, and I've renewed it twice without having read any of it in weeks.

Do I like the book? Yes!
Do I want to finish it? Yes!
Do I feel any real motivation to do so? Meh, not so much.

I've read three novels since I started this one. I'm a player. A hooch. A book tart. Dare I say, a book slut? Could be.


  1. Aww-I loved this. :) I do admit I enjoyed Franny more than Zooey...but I'm happy with anything that has to do w/ the Glasses.

    If I recall, this was a wonderful bathtub read for me!

  2. Hmmmmm I picked that up a couple weeks ago, was thinking about reading it next but I'm not so sure now.

  3. Eva, this is my first experience with the Glasses. I'm sure I'll finish it before it has to be returned, and I'm sure I'll embark on more literary adventures with them. It's just weird how some books get stuck on the backburner.

    Christopher, it's really not bad, I'm just finicky and moody.

  4. You hussy you and there it is waiting patiently for your return, never suspecting a thing...

  5. If that's all it takes to be a book slut - I'm a madame with my own "shop" ;)

    Happens to the best of us!

  6. This is me with Wolf Hall. And Dracula is Dead. And way too many other books to list. God, I'm so easy.

  7. LOL, you are too funny! But I am sure you will get back to this one at some point in the future.

  8. F&Z is my favorite Salinger, hands-down. I hope you get around to finishing :)

  9. You'll get back to it...eventually (Franny is my favorite Glass, too). You're allowed to be distracted!

  10. It's weird how that happens sometimes, isn't it? But I'm glad you like what you read of it, and hopefully sometime soon the mood to finish it will come!

  11. Jodie, I know! I feel so bad for it. lol

    I blame everything on hormones, Kathy. :D

    Ha! Nice way to put it, Lena.

    Jill, me too. I tart around all the time.

    I think I will, too, Kathleen. It maybe just take some time.

    For sure, Marie! Thanks for your endorsement.

    Thanks, DS. There are PLENTY of distractions.

    Nymeth, if I just sit down with it again I'll probably zip through the rest. Just gotta slow down long enough!

  12. I've been a book tart (ha ha!) with Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '71. I started it in the beginning of February and only have like 100 pages left, but can't see to sit down and just read them. I've been distracted. I'm sure Franny and Zooey will welcome you back :)

  13. Grrr....I hate when I do that. I have a few books that are just sitting there not being read and not all of them are because I don't like them. It's frustrating but unexplainable. Some books are just harder for me to pick back up after putting them down for no reason at all...

  14. If you insist of the metaphor of "book slut", then you have to admit that some books are nothing but "johns" that come slumming into your neighborhood.

    The term is very sexist, too. I guess I was a book gigolo when I was young,...perhaps a book rent-boy?

    Now I'm thinking of various shades and hues of book-sluttishness: Irma La Douce, Lola from The Blue Angel, Jane Fonda's character in Klute......and that hetaira from Plato's Symposium (whose name eludes me at the moment), and Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke - who was never really fully portrayed as a slut, and , hence, must have restricted her reading to newspapers.

    Thanks for the reverie.


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