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The Shawnee News-Star
  • To read or not to read?

  • That headline isn’t meant in general, of course, because the answer would always be, “Um, read. Duh.” But sometimes it’s just a case of there being so very many books and so little time.
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  • That headline isn’t meant in general, of course, because the answer would always be, “Um, read. Duh.” But sometimes it’s just a case of there being so very many books and so little time.
    How does one even choose what to read? It’s like trying to choose which kind of cheesecake to eat.
    Recently, a favorite series of mine hit the small screen on Starz as they started airing the “Outlander” series, based on books by Diana Gabaldon.
    I started reading the books sometime around 2000, when a friend suggested them to me. With the exception of the first book, which I reread a few years ago, I haven’t read any of them since the first time. So it’s been more than 10 years for some of the earlier books.
    With the eight book in the series and the TV series both recently released, I’ve been thinking of giving them another go.
    One of the ladies in the office has been re-reading the series, and she’ll often pass by my desk and tell me of the most recent happenings in the plot. Even now that she’s on the most recent book I’ve read, she’s still generally met with a blank look and a response of, “I don’t even remember that character. Who is that?”
    Well, it’s a lot to keep up with, and it’s been a few years since I last read all that.
    It’s one of those things I’ve just sort of learned to deal with. Sort of like how every time a new book is released, I can pretty much expect reference will be made to things in earlier books that I have no memory of, but I sort of shrug my shoulders and read on.
    So maybe I should refresh my memory before I pick up book 8. But each book is near 1,000 pages, and there are seven to re-read (not counting spin-off books and short stories), and there are just so many other books I haven’t even read for the first time.
    Not to mention there is one advantage to having only vague memories of the books. The longer it has been since I’ve read a book, the more I enjoy watching any shows or movies based on said book. It’s easy to be forgiving of minor details when you don’t remember those minor details.

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