I’m currently reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I am going to make a SUPREME effort not to spoil anything. To assist myself in that effort, I am writing this while I still have thirty-two pages left to read.
1.) The answer to “life, the universe, everything” is revealed – hooray!
2.) Even though there are some tragic bits – e.g. a sperm whale dies before it really lives, Earth gets destroyed – there is nothing sad in a way that one would personally relate to. Similarly, this is a not a book that will cause the average-to-highly spookable person nightmares.
3.) Random things – e.g. babelfish – will actually make sense.
4.) The dialogue and plot are quick and smart.
5.) It is the sort of book that can be read all in one go (because it is enjoyable) or bit by bit (because it is memorable).
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger isn’t my favorite book, but I read it anyway. I think that qualifies me as a better-rounded reader. I didn’t loathe it or anything, rather it just didn’t do much for me…Regardless, it does have some good points:
1.) The chapters are short. I suspect this is because it was originally published in serial form (fact), but it breaks things up really nicely and keeps the flow of the pages quick.
2.) The sentence “All I can say is, don’t see it if you don’t want to puke all over yourself.” (Chapter 18) cracked me right up. I’m not sure exactly why it cracked me up, but it sure did. I think I might work that sentence into conversation.
3.) It’s a quick read. Some books are big commitments; this is not one of them. (Pillars of the Earth and The Coming Plague, I’m looking at you.) Sometimes I don’t want a big commitment from a book.
4.) In addition to being a quick read, it’s a physically light read. Fantastic for commuting or while working out on a stationary bike.
5.) Despite being a “little” and “quick” book, it manages to say a lot.