Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What Do You Do When There Is Nothing To Say

I suppose I should have spotted the flaw in my ingenious master plan.  The whole premise of this blog was that, assuming I maintain my average reading speed and live to the average life of a UK male who has already got to 40, I would have 2,606 books left to read.  I, therefore, intended to blog about each one and hope that I made it  past the magic number.

All well and good but there's a snag.  What happens when the mood takes me for trash?  Sometimes I don't want to have to think or concentrate and I just want to go on auto-pilot and read something fun and easy.  Nothing wrong in that - in fact I enjoy it.  The problem then is that I should blog about it but there's really nothing to say.  Maybe I'm just being lazy but I don't want to just summarise plots and there are books where there's nothing to analyse, nothing to critique.  On the other hand, I don;t want to brush them under the carpet and pretend I never read them.  That would be disingenuous and would cut away at the whole premise of what I am doing.  So, for the sake of completeness, here are books I've read over the past few months that I really don't feel like writing about - unless anyone really wants me to!

2,538: End of the Rainbow by Oliver Holt - enjoyable report of England's ill-fated World Cup 2010 campaign.

2,537: The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch - fascinating account of US Navy SEAL training

2.536: The Finishing School by Dick Couch - follow-up to The Warrior Elite

2,535: The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth - fun Cold War thriller

2,534:  Au Revoir to All That by Michael Steinberger - interesting, if uneven, critique of the current state of French cuisine

2,533:  The Crunch by Alex Brummer - compelling, if depressing, account of the Northern Rock collapse and the beginning of the financial crisis from a British perspective.

So, there we are.  Glad that's off my chest.  Normal service can now be resumed.


Alex (The Sleepless Reader) said...

I can relate. Actually, I've decided that closer to the end of the year I'm write a post just with tiny-reviews of books I don't have much to say about.

Story said...

I've felt the same way!