If you’re the kind of person who eats up literature like a Labrador to it’s dinner (Have you seen a Lab eat? It’s like their mouth has become a vacuum!) then at some point in your life, you’re going to have run out of books to read, whether it be from your local library’s collection (or that of the whole district), or many books just seem uninteresting with a story line that has been done a million and one times before. I’ve had a few of these ‘lit droughts’ as I like to call them, and they’ve on many occasions left me bored and frustrated that my hunger for a story could not be satisfied. So how does one get through this? It’s actually quite simple, but it does involve a bit of a risk.
Now, I know we’ve all been taught not to do this by our librarians and fellow book enthusiasts, but I find the best remedy is to judge a book by it’s cover. Yep, you heard me. Save a little bit of money, and hit the bookshop (or the book section of your local second-hand store) and pick out a book by it’s title, author or cover art. Covers were invented to label the book, but they have evolved to advertise and get you, the potential reader, to buy it. Commit that sin, and you could be reading that next great novel (or the world’s biggest disaster). If you find yourself hating the book, at least that’s one less Christmas gift you have to buy.