The other day, however, I found an email in my in box offering me a chance to review a book that was a cross between three different books, one of which is by a huge and wildly successful name in women's fiction. Unfortunately, this biggest and potentially best comparison made me gag and race to turn down the offer. You see, I happen to find this particular author saccharine and emotionally manipulative despite the length of time his books remain on the best seller list or how many of them are made into movies. I just couldn't stomach reading anything that was billed as similar in any way to one of his books. And I've run from other books similarly marketed. Driving away an almost guaranteed reader? Well, that's just not good. I suspect that marketing departments aren't going to lose a lot of sleep over my own personal head for the hills attitude over this particular author though as the strategy is likely to be at least moderately successful with that harder nut to crack: the general public. And I know how silly my reaction was given my previous acknowledgment that the book was unlikely to contain much, indeed if any, resemblance to the author who shall not be named's books. I ran anyway. Am I alone? Are there author or book comparisons that make you put a book down as if it's burned your fingers?
My reading week was pretty productive and wide ranging. I mined the memories of a younger sister looking back on her relationship with the older sister she lost to cancer. I traveled to India and helped save a small hill town with the help of some wonderful and eccentric inhabitants. I, as an inveterate gossip, was forced to marry the man who turned out to be my perfect match. I moved to the bohemian, art and music scene of New York in the late 60's and 70's. And finally I came back to the US from Africa after 6 unexpected months trapped there only to find everyone thought me dead. Where did your week's reading take you this past week?