Thursday, March 11, 2010

I used to hate Mondays

Now I love Mondays, especially Monday March 15th, because that's when Timing will be released from Dreamspinner Press. I can't wait.

As I was thinking about writing and how much I love it and when I started and what I loved to read (whew!) I guess it all started with S. E. Hinton. She was the great alternative to the other books that were out there for a twelve year old to read back in the day. There were no cool vampire books when I was growing up, I'm old! In the age of dinosaurs there was still Judy Blume, thank God, but the author I loved the most when I was young was the woman who brought the world The Outsiders. I tried to read the things my peers read but Ponyboy and Soda and Johnny, they were it for me. And all her books just start. It's probably why all mine do too. My sister has always given books a hundred pages to catch her interest, I admire that but have never been able to manage it. I have no patience whatsoever. If I am not hooked on the first page I'm done. To this day all the books I love you can hear the main character's voice or are just inside their head the second you open the book. But I wonder, how many pages does everyone give a book to grab them? What is your investment of time?


  1. Yay! Something to look forward to on the 15th, that first cruel workday after DST starts...

    I loved The Outsides, too.

    It's variable, but I generally give a book more than a few pages. If I get a chapter or so in and discover that I don't care about any of the characters, it's time to stop.

  2. See Chris, you have WAY more patience than me but this is not a surprise.

  3. LOL!

    I'm thinking back to the book To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis - I can't remember how compelling the first page was, but I know that I tell anyone reading it to hang in there through the first 100 pages, even though you won't have any idea what's going on. You're in the narrator's headspace, and he's exhausted and has no idea what's going on, either. Suddenly, everything starts to click for him and for the reader. It's magical - and that's one of my all-time favorite books. :)

  4. hi mary,

    i used to be like your sister and give a book some time to grab me. know if it does not have my attention by the first couple of pages i feel cheated. i have a small budget for books so i hate buying something and not being able to finish it. already have timing worked into the budget, now if monday would just get here. lynt

  5. It varies; if it was an expensive purchase, I'll give it longer (and sometimes read the entire thing!) just because it cost so much. And in my mind is the thought that *surely* it can't be that bad??!!!! Can it??!! :-)

    Otherwise, it's usually 2 or 3 chapters; if I'm not hooked by then, I'm done. Many times, though, I'll attempt it again when my mood and stress levels are different and have been pleasantly surprised.

  6. EEK! I'm so excited about your release! And excited about the Brush of Wings anthology too! Have you heard about your other submission?

  7. I appreciate all the input on the book length debate and the point is well taken that if you spent a lot of money on it then maybe you give it more of a chance.

    I'm going to check out the book you suggested Chris right after I wade through everything that I have on my list at Good Reads.

    And there's writing to do...

  8. It's an awesome book! Connie Willis has won Nebulas and Hugos and yet has very low name recognition, alas...