I feel a bit embarrassed to confess this, but I have been struggling with Murakami’s 1Q84. And to think I call myself a bookjunkie.
I like his writing style, but when it comes to content, I cannot relate to his way of thinking. In this book in particular, there’s all those male sexual fantasies again which I find unpalatable and unrealistic. And there is also this emotional detachment with the characters that I find disconcerting.
But I refuse to stop. Once I start, I have to finish a book. So I will keep trying. There are too many books I’ve abandoned half way. Also I can’t quite make a fair judgement if I’ve only read a quarter of it. And even though I don’t like the content, I still love the way he strings words together like music.
These days when I read I have been distracted. I didn’t use own a smart phone. Now there are things to entertain my short attention span. The nice people on Twitter and iPhone games with my family are all very enticing. And I am one person who is not skilled in multi-tasking. I much prefer doing just one thing and paying full attention to it. Zero distractions. Maybe I should not charge my battery and place the phone far away in a drawer for at least the hour I spend reading.
Another thing I noticed. When I borrow books from the library I get much more reading done. It’s that sense of urgency as I need to return them in 3 weeks or incur a fine.