Books: the flings and the forevers

many books on shevles and stacked on the floor.

A long gone bookcase

How many times have you read a book and fallen head over heels about it, blabbed on at all your friends about what a life changing experience it is, given it a pride of place on your shelf, then gone back to it a year later to find that, actually, you’re not that in to it? I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this, and I reckon it’s the ‘lust and love’ effect.

You know, when you’re in the mood and you want something a little special to happen, and you pick out a book that looks like just the kind of thing you’re after, and then you project all of your good feelings on to the book and turn it into something its not, just so you can have a little literary fling. And of course, lusty, hungry encounters like that, filled with your own expectations rather than the author’s, rarely last.

These books, the ones you inevitably feel disillusioned by, it’s often that there’s not anything wrong with them, you just turned them into something they’re not. Don’t disregard them, recognise that you needed what they had to give at the time, and relegate them to a special moment in your past.

You’ll probably find that they offered you a few wee lessons along the way, so that when you come to the books that fill you with a real, long lasting sense of satisfaction, you’re able to appreciate every sentence, luxuriate over all the right words. Because those ones might not always be the ones that look as attractive or sounds as exciting, but they might just be ones that you’ll come back to again and again and love forever.

4 thoughts on “Books: the flings and the forevers

  1. Hi Lynsey

    Yep, know the feeling well. However, I’m finding that the older I get and the more books I read, the less that happens (hah! like real life!). I’m finding that a book has to really work hard to impress me. Of course, once it does, that’s it for life.




    • HI Richard. That’s a good point! I have to say, while I still get that feeling, it’s definitely one I’ve been getting less recently. I wondered if it was due to having a bit less time to read in general, but you’re right, I’m also a lot harder to impress these days! Cheers for sharing.


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