One Size Does NOT Fit All

TheBookThief-coverI have been told by numerous people to read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. “It’s so incredible,” they’d tell me. “You’ll just love it!”

I didn’t love it.

And that’s ok.

Maybe this book just isn’t for me.  Maybe I’m not in the right mood for it.  Maybe the style in which it’s written distracts from rather than enhances the story for me. Whatever the reason, even though it’s been a huge hit and made it to the big screen, this is one book that I just couldn’t get into.

And that’s ok.

Because on the flip side, I know that I thoroughly enjoy a lot of literature that others find boring, confusing, or just downright dumb.  For example, I l-o-v-e-d  loved  the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman, but a couple of my coworkers found the graphic style overwhelming.Maus  I thoroughly enjoy digging into Shakespeare every once in a while, but I know that a lot of people don’t share my love of that sort of linguistic treasure hunt. Sometimes I get in the mood for a good dystopian novel that others find utterly depressing.

And that’s ok.

So don’t feel too bad the next time you just aren’t feeling a book that lots of people (or even your bookish kindred spirit) recommended.  Feel free to toss it aside before you’re even finished.  Maybe you’ll come back to it another day and enjoy it; maybe you won’t.  Try a different one. There are millions upon millions of books out there and life is just too dang short to waste on a book you don’t like.

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