Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Books for Tired Readers by Andy Scheer

I've been know to immerse myself in reading sophisticated literature – but not lately.

The past couple weeks my 8 to 5 job has been spilling over, with a few similar weeks in sight. My brain is tired.

But not quite as tired as when I left the office. As I started the engine to drive home, my ears were greeted by an audio version of a book in the Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series of British Naval fiction from the age of sail.

My brain wouldn't have been ready to unpack Patrick O'Brian's printed prose, filled with archaic British syntax and naval jargon. But the narrator, with his authentic accent, delivered the words directly to my ears. A half-hour later, I was invigorated enough to tackle some writing of my own.

As I finish tonight's last project, I'm again running out of steam.

So I will take another trip though a familiar mass paperback. This time a mystery by Edgar-winning author Aaron Elkins. I won't read to discover the bad guy, just to enjoy the trip.

If you're writing something literary, I wish you well. Your readers will be people at the top of their game. Tonight, I need a book for a tired reader. If that's what you're writing, consider it a cup of refreshment for someone who's gone dry. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

You are so right. Sometimes I want the challenge of theology or Biblical commentary. But many times I just want to enjoy a story, an escape, a jaunt with interesting characters. Thankfully there are writers producing all of these to match my varying intellectual energy levels.

Diana said...

Andy, I am the same in this respect. Even when I am exhausted, I must read something before bed. My treat for the work I accomplished that day. I usually grab an Anne Perry or Elizabeth Peters mystery - just for the journey. :-)

Andy Scheer, Hartline Literary said...

I usually read several books at once -- typically in different genres -- so I'm able to turn to the one that's most appealing at the moment.

Terry Burns said...

I read at a pretty high rate of speed (useful in working submissions) but even when I read for pleasure I tend to read a book in one sitting. If it doesn't hold my interest enough to keep me reading I tend to put it down and move on to something else.

Jim Hart said...

I'm rediscovering the joy of reading 'just because'. I also have a pile of books, also of different genres, that have the book mark in the middle. Different books for different moods!