My guest today is John Corwin, who already likes you so much he’s willing to give away a copy of his book THE NEXT THING I KNEW, which, in *my* book, makes him a pretty good date. Plus, well, this is a fabulous post. Welcome, John. Have at it!
John Corwin: WHY READING BOOKS IS LIKE DATING
Books don’t have bad breath. They don’t open car doors for you, buy you roses, or even give you a foot massage after a long day of shopping for flannel underwear. Despite that, we form relationships with books, characters and the worlds they represent that some boyfriends/girlfriends would be jealous of. Here’s a short list of the types of books I’ve found in my reading experience.
The Player Book
Things started off so well. You finally found the book that understood you, that said all the right things and seemed to follow through with action. And just when things started to heat up around page 100, it let you down—just a little—but enough to cast that seed of doubt in your mind. The next thing you knew, the plot went pear-shaped, the characters did something insanely stupid, and you threw the book across the room vowing never to let it play you like a fool again.
The Nice Book
These books begin pleasantly enough, offering an adventure that won’t make you laugh or cry but you find yourself turning the pages anyway, to see if there’s more to this book than meets the eye. About halfway through, you realize that no, this book won’t fulfill your desires. But it’s a safe book, a nice book and not evil like that last one—the one that tantalized you and then left you out in the cold with plot holes and a shoddy character arc. So you finish it. But this book didn’t set your soul on fire. It didn’t touch your heart. So it won’t earn a permanent slot on your shelf. Instead, you’ll try to foist it off on a friend. Maybe they’ll like it better than you. For them, it might be a keeper.
These books don’t even pretend to be nice. They start off with a slew of curse words and situations that turn your cheeks red and make you feel dirty. But something about them tantalizes you and tickles the naughty side. So you dive in thinking you can handle it. Some people can. Some people go over to the dark side. After all, they do have cookies. But others reach the end of the book feeling a lot more knowledgeable about things they never knew existed. It was a fun ride, but maybe a little too naughty or crazy for your tastes.
The Right Book
It’s the one we’re all looking for. The book that doesn’t trick or overwhelm you with uncomfortable situations. It’s the book that knows how to make you laugh and cry—sometimes both at the same time. This is the book that you cuddle up with in bed and stay up until all hours of the night getting to know, loving every minute of it. You look forward to every little snatch of time where you can be alone with it. When you’ve finished this book it not only earns a spot on your bookshelf, but in your heart. Every other book will be judged by this one whether you know it or not.
And there you have my short list of what you can expect out there in the cruel dating—I mean reading—world. Amazon and Goodreads are like book dating services with profiles, reviews, and everything we need to know. Taste, however, is so subjective that what one person loves, another may hate.
Do you have any book types to add or any books that broke your heart?
Thanks so much for hosting my blog tour!
Sarah: Oh, my, may I speak for the readers when I say the pleasure was all ours? You’re quite welcome — thank YOU for being here! And great question, John. Readers, answering it will give you a chance to WIN an ebook copy of THE NEXT THING I KNEW! Simply leave a comment with your email address to enter. But first, here’s a closer look at the book.
THE NEXT THING I KNEW| John Corwin
Humanity is extinct
When Lucy Morgan drops dead along with everyone else on Earth she refuses to take death lying down even if, technically, her corpse is.
She drags her ghostly social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife. More importantly, they want to discover who or what killed everyone and why the heck anyone would do such a mean thing.
But what they discover changes everything. And if they can’t figure out how to put their newfound ghostly powers to work, humanity will be extinct for good.
Thanks again, John, and congratulations on the success of what appears to be an absolutely intriguing book!
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