My Project: 365 Creative Writing Prompts
Day 21: Reading – What’s the last book you read?
There was a time that I happily spend my lunchtime in a bookstore, walking between the racks, sampling several books.
When I received a Kindle for Christmas, I switched to electronic reading. Reluctantly at first, because I prefer a real book over an ebook, but gradually real books disappeared and I used my Kindle full-time.
While I enjoy holding a book and turning pages, the kind of books I prefer (over 500 pages) are rather heavy to carry and expensive. In comparison, a Kindle weighs hardly anything and the ebooks are cheaper than real books.
With ebooks I did have a problem though ... what would I read next? If I knew what I wanted to read the solution was simple ... I would go on Amazon and read the synopsis of the book along with the first few pages. But if I didn’t have a clue what to read next, what did I do then?
A friend recommended that I subscribe to book recommendations. In the beginning, I poured over this email list every day, but day after day I didn’t see anything of interest. Soon I stopped looking and just deleted the email.
For some reason, I opened the book recommendations email last Wednesday and on top of the list I found ‘The Alchemist’. I remembered all the hype that was made around this book, so I headed over to Amazon.
The reviews were contradicting, some readers gave the book a raving 5-star review, while others gave it one star and called it rambling and drawn out rubbish.
What I liked about the author Paulo Coelho is that he dared to admit in his forward that when ‘The Alchemist’ was first published in Brazil it was a flop. Only a handful of copies were sold and his publisher canceled his contract. What happened next was sheer coincidence, but the book became a runaway success.
This, if nothing else tickled my curiosity, so I bought the book. And it was an interesting read. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but stimulating and inspirational nonetheless and with a surprise ending. Personally, I would give the book a 3-star rating.