I couldn't wait until sunrise to post that I finally finished How To Read A Novel by John Sutherland. It's not that I hated the book, but it didn't grab me. I didn't want to ditch the book because I've been doing that with a lot of books lately. Getting back into the book-reading rhythm hasn't been easy, so I decided to force myself to read this book to the end.
The parts where Sutherland explained the inner workings of the publishing industry were enlightening. I also enjoyed reading about history of lending libraries in England. However, in between those bits were chapters that I had trouble understanding. It was like the author switched from average guy to English professor mode in every other chapter. I'm sure that someone better-educated or more well-read than me would have enjoyed the book all the way through, but I felt like someone was messing with the speed controls of my treadmill.
A book that I did decide to ditch is America (The Book). I added it to my list for the New Classics Challenge because I thought it would be a fun read. The joke became stale for me within the first few pages. I think that I would enjoy the audio version much more. Unfortunately, my library's copy of the audiobook is lost.
The next book on my list for the challenge is Comfort Me With Apples, and I happen to have it on hand. I guess I'll jump right into that one, seeing as I haven't completed a single book for this challenge yet. If I manage to start it after sunrise, you may even see another Sunday Salon post from me.