March 30, 2012

Picking My First Read
by Larry

… the continued adventures of The Year I Started to Read Books.

So after my long hiatus from reading, I needed to find something to read. What to choose? Do I go with something current, classic, or unknown?  Given I have read so little my options were practically endless. Imagine walking into a bookstore and not having read a single book found in the store. Where do you start?

Being really cheap and not totally sure that I would be able to read on my Android phone, I began browsing the free ebook selection. Next I needed to decide what type of book. I already knew I wanted to read fiction, but did I want a story that took place in space? Some far away fantasy world? Vampires, ninjas, pirates? I didn’t know.

While all of the books are virtually unknown to me, I have heard friends talk about some of them, and I’ve seen many film adaptations. Note: There will be a future post about my first experience with having a beloved book get converted to a movie. While film adaptations are not the same as the book, I felt that I needed to find a story I knew nothing about and had no preconceived notions of. This quickly started to limit my options.

In reality the selection process didn’t take that long. It’s only in hindsight that I fully understand what drew me to choose Treasure Island. I knew it had pirates, a character named Long John Silver, and did I mention pirates? So this was the perfect book–a fresh story to re-energize my mind.

Next: I will discuss what it was like to read a book after my long hiatus, along with a really short review.

 

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3 Comments to

“Picking My First Read”

  1. On April 8th, 2012 at 1:02 am Rockport Mom & Dad Says:

    This is great! Progress reports?
    We salute your pirate spirit!

  2. On April 12th, 2012 at 3:20 pm Larry Says:

    Glad people are enjoying the posts. It’s been a busy month and I haven’t had time to write, let alone read. Updates coming soon!

  3. On May 1st, 2012 at 4:15 pm Stacey Says:

    The fact that you chose a classic is really impressive to me. I only read classics when forced.

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