I read a lot of books. I usually finish a lot of books, too. Some readers don’t have a problem abandoning books that they’re not enjoying, but something in me just doesn’t feel right if I don’t finish books that I’ve started. Sometimes it takes a long time (years, in certain cases… looking at you, Anna Karenina), but I almost always come back to those books and finish them.
As an adult, there aren’t worksheets for me to fill out, or tests to take. I don’t want to close the book and forget about it; I can’t just do that. I need closure of some sort. I’ve tried Goodreads, but there isn’t really a good forum for discussion there.
A couple of weeks ago, I read an idea in a comment thread on For Reading Addicts. A person named Pat shared that she (he, maybe?) keeps a journal in which she makes a list of three things about every book that she reads. That’s it. She didn’t specific what those three things are – whether they’re things she particularly liked, or didn’t like, or things she learned from the book. Just three things.
I like that idea. Sometimes I struggle to put my thoughts together well enough to write a book review. I don’t want to do that every time I read a book, but I want to do something. There are so many books that I’ve read just this year that I don’t really remember; writing down three things should be enough for me to get my most important thoughts out.
So, having said all that, here is my first 3 Things post!
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
I didn’t expect to like this, mostly because it’s historical fiction. I actually really, really liked it.
I did not like Frances or Lillian by the end of the story. I felt that they were both selfish and childish, Lillian especially, and I felt as though it ended with a bit of a deus ex machina.
Despite the things I didn’t like (the ending), I spend a good three quarters of the book being completely stressed out because I was so nervous for the characters! That, to me, is a sign of a good book!