Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bookish Rant

Something you may or may not know about me is that I love books, but not in the usual way. I don't have the time to sit around and read a book anymore, or at least that's not how I choose to spend my leisure time (if it ever exists). The main reason being that my life tends to fall apart when I manually read a book. I have trouble putting it down and doing anything else. As a result I get angry with myself for not getting anything done, I get grumpy, and I try to read more just so I can be done with the whole stupid thing. It's very unsettling for my household for me to read.

The solution is that I listen to audio books like a fiend. I listen to them while I cook and clean my kitchen. It's true that I do occasionally get too into them too, but it's more manageable that way.

Here's my problem: If you only do audio books, your resources are somewhat limited. I am constantly on the look out for a new book to go at. Ordering books on line from other libraries helps that a lot. The other problem is that I HATE smut! I wish that there was some sort of rating system for books like there is for movies. It's a risky thing to pick up a book not recommended by a trusted friend. Yesterday I got a new book that I had ordered because I thought it sounded interesting. I was right, it's a fascinating idea! I could totally love this book. The problem is that I can't listen to it in good conscience. It's not just that I don't want my kids to hear this smutty crap, I don't want it in my head either. Once you get into a GOOD story, it's hard to just quit, but quit I must. It's going back to the library today. Darn I hate that! I wish there was some place I could get an "edited for content" copy. Oh well, my life will not be greatly bettered for having read this book. DARN but it seemed like such a good book! (No, I won't tell you what it was, because I don't want to put anyone else into the moral predicament that I find myself in.) ARGH! If anyone has a suggestion of a smut free good read, please tell me. I am ALWAYS on the hunt.


timpani76 said...

I was just saying at relief society book night how we need a rating system. Or maybe just warning label like "this is basically porn!". I'm currently reading "Glenn Beck's Common Sense", which has not smut, but it's a little dry for me. I like his other books better.

Malauna said...

I was talking with a friend about this same thing. She said she sticks with books on the Newberry Award/Honor list. So, it is Juvenille Fiction, but at least the content is clean.

JG said...

Have you read any books by Brock and Bodie Thoene? Or Jenette Oke? I love Tony Hillerman and Sue Henry, too. Oh! and Earlene Fowler. See if you can find any of those.