You’ve just reached the end of a book . . . what do you do now? Savor and muse over the book? Dive right into the next one? Go take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, before even thinking about the next book you’re going to read? What?
(Obviously, there can be more than one answer, here–a book with a cliff-hanger is going to engender different reactions than a serene, stand-alone, but you get the idea!)
Most of the time, when I finish a book, I sit and think about it for a little bit. I ask myself if it was worth my time, how I felt about the characters and the story, and if it is one of the rare books I can envision reading again. I usually wait about a day until I start a new book, to see what my mood is - I may read the same kind of thing again, or change genres altogether - or I may catch up on magazines. On rare occasions, I finish a book and think that it was a total waste of time, and vow to avoid things by the same author, or of that type, again.
Melanie tagged me for this meme:
1. What book are you reading right now? I just finished reading March, by Geraldine Brooks, last night. I'm not sure what will be next.
2. What was the last book you read on a plane? I tried starting The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, on my last plane trip, but couldn't get into it. My usual plane reading is any mystery by Mary Higgins Clark. I find them interesting enough to keep my attention, but not so involved that I can't put it down and pick it back up without problems. And they are usually just the right length for a plane trip!
3. What was the last book you read on a roadtrip? OK, technically, I guess the last roadtrip where I read a book was years ago, when we would go home for Christmas. I would read A Christmas Carol aloud during the trip. I did take a train trip this past fall, where I started reading Anne of Green Gables, so I'm counting that as a recent road trip ...
4. What was the most unusual place you found yourself reading? The library. I work in a library, and I go to the library on a regular basis, but never just to read for leisure. So that's unusual for me.
5. What books would you take to keep you occupied on a two-week vacation to the beach? I have certain rules for beach reading. First of all, I take a couple of magazines at the least. The shallower, the better. I don't like to take library books, in case they would get wet, sandy, or greasy from sunscreen, and the same goes for hardcover books. So I usually have a paperback picked out, and once again, it can't be too serious or deep. I like light mysteries, and goofy novels when I'm at the beach (or rather, the SHORE, as they say here). I've never gone on a two-week vacation anyplace, but I'm guessing that if I did, I'd take one or two small books along, and find something else to read once I got there and had finished reading the ones I brought along.
So, now it's time for three other people to play along - but only if they would like. I'll tag Kim, at hand eye crafts, Claudia and Mr Puffy at The Knitting Blog - by Mr Puffy the Dog, and Lorette, The Knitting Doctor. Feel free to tag yourself, I'm always happy to read what other people have to say!