When Jacob was in Primary 5 his teacher taught the class how to identify whether they might enjoy reading a particular book by following three simple steps, namely:
1) Look at the cover: does it appeal to you, does the title look like the sort of story you would enjoy?
2) Turn the book over and read the blurb on the back: are you interested in what it describes? Would you like to know more?
3) Open the book somewhere in the middle, read about half a page: does the style of writing appeal to you. Does it look funny/exciting/thought provoking etc. Repeat this step a couple of times. By now you will know if you would like to read this book.
I thought then and still do, that this was a wonderful way to help everyone, not just children, choose a book.
So, joining in with Laura's The Year in Books project at Circle of Pine Trees, my book choice this month is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Using Mrs C's Three Step method, I chose it because:
*The cover is a beautiful golden yellow colour, and the recommendations on the front were bearable. Sometimes I take a (possibly irrational) dislike to a book depending on what is said and by whom on the front cover. I have undoubtedly missed out on many wonderful reading opportunities over the years due to this judgemental attitude.
*I was intrigued by the first line of the blurb on the back, 'Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was just four years old'.
*Glancing through before buying it seemed to have a good mix of dialogue and descriptive writing.
*It is set in the American South; I like american fiction.
*I like bees, and honey.
Last months read was The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Not too much to say about this book; I loved the title, perhaps the book does not quite live up to it, but it was a gentle read and touching in places, a good summer or holiday read.