I have a lot of writer friends on my blog so I’m probably going to draw their ire when I say this, but I never was much of a reader. High school and college English never did anything to cultivate a love of reading for me, mainly because the “standard works” are so damn boring (you have to admit they are!) and it put me off of reading (novels, that is – I read a lot of philosophy and nonfiction) for the longest time. High school was 14 years ago (and thus was college English as I took it dual credit in high school) and I haven’t read a novel since then…until now.
On a whim, I decided to take the plunge and read the novel Sex, Drugs & Opera: There’s Life After Rock ‘n’ Roll. I decided to read it because it is written by one of my favorite songwriters – Roland Orzabal (if you read my Song Lyric Sunday posts you know exactly who he is, and you might even know the name aside from that if you were a child of the 80s or early 90s). The novel tells the first-person narrative of pop star Solomon Capri as he auditions for the show Popstar to Operastar (which is a real show, I should say) and his marital problems with his long-time wife Jenny. Only 5 chapters in I’ve already laughed, cried and everything in between. Roland is a very captivating writer and for once in my life a novel has truly piqued my curiosity and interest.
I feel like this is a huge step in my personal development. This might have been what I needed to really get back into the novel game – to get me interested again. If I can, this might be a new way in which to enrich my own life. I can now kind of see why people are so drawn to it.
Anyway, back to the book. I just had to share a little personal anecdote here. What are you currently reading? If you were not a reader before, what got you interested? If you are not a reader, what do you think would interest you?