I never meant for it to be this way, it definitely wasn’t part of my plan. But yes, I admit I do have a few vices.
Every morning I have a large cup of dark coffee and almost every evening I have a large glass of red wine. (My kids would tell you it’s every evening, I would argue it’s once or twice a week – you decide). I digress but once I saw a blogger with the tag line “a pot of coffee by day and a bottle of wine by night”….I liked her!
And every so often I need a little fix of my favorite author, John Irving. What is it about him, you might ask? In an earlier blog post I described how he famously writes the last sentence first and works backwards and yes, the quirky style is part of the appeal for me.
But frankly it’s more that I never want his books to end. This is rare for me. I am task oriented, I like to accomplish things, check the boxes, get to done. Most books I read, I truly do enjoy, but I look forward to the ending. Sometimes I read the ending just to avoid any surprises. I really hate surprises. But the point is, I want them done. I want to like the book or even love it but I want it done, so I can move on to the next book.
Not so with John.
He has written 12 novels and I have read 5 of them, probably his most famous. I have read the following:
1. The World According to Garp
2. The Cider House Rules
3. A Prayer for Owen Meany
4. A Widow for a Year
5. Last Night in Twisted River.
So let’s figure this out, after all I can do math, I even passed the CPA exam! If he wrote 12 and I have read 5, then there are 7 left. SEVEN! And he isn’t even retired yet!
I am so happy for my acquired tastes. Coffee by day, wine by night and John Irving whenever I need a little fix.