From this week’s Booking Through Thursday:
Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.
What do you read?
(Any bets on how quickly somebody says the Bible or some other religious text? A good choice, to be sure, but to be honest, I was thinking more along the lines of fiction…. Unless I laid it on a little strong in the string of catastrophes? Maybe I should have just stuck to catching a cold on a rainy day….)
Given the whole string of catastrophes, I’d be far too inconsolable to read. But take a few out and I’d be headed straight for some sort of mindless adventure or thriller. To be honest I wouldn’t pick a favorite, specific book, because I wouldn’t want to ‘taint’ it with those kinds of associations. Instead I’d go for some sort of brain-candy book that I hadn’t read yet. An Indiana Jones-type treasure hunt, most likely.
Edited to add: The new book review for today is Hip-Hop Hares and Other Moments of Epic Silliness.