As many of my friends know, this has been a difficult reading year. I think there are many reasons why that might be, but Doug has another idea: maybe it's me.
In his post, he talks about rereading, something I keep telling myself I will find the time to do. I promise. Once Mt. Bookpile gets down to a certain size.. or I retire.. or.. or... Yeah, it's not happening soon. Having said that, it's easier for me to get through books than before. Here's how Doug puts it:
As an older reader, I increasingly need some worthwhile content in order to keep my interest as opposed to the simple plots loaded with action, sex, and violence that I craved as a younger reader. (Not that I turn my nose up at those elements now.) I perhaps have more patience and a broader range of topics and styles that keep my attention.
There are genres I can no longer read with pleasure, some I'm professionally required to read and have to finish. For the most part, though, I use the 50 page rule: if a book hasn't captured my attention within 50 pages, it's a DNF. There are a lot of books I can skim through, because at my age having read as much as I have, the plots are predictable. Which books? I'll never tell.
One of these days, I'll get to see how the books I want to reread resonate with me after all these years. Stay tuned.