If you want the scoop on trashy novels, I’m your girl. I have had to pretty much give up literary fiction in favor of escapist novels (and I use the word “novel” loosely) that don’t require much in the way of thinking or feeling. My son, Jordan, loves hearing this. Years ago, he commented that all Marc and I did was “watch depressing movies, read depressing books and listen to depressing music.” Turns out, he was right. I’ll never live this down.
I have been rotating through genres and in the last month or so have been reading political thrillers and mysteries. I had worked my way through the books my father-in-law had around the house, noticing as I did so that these books seemed invariably to be about American agents pitted against Muslim extremist groups, basically terrorists, who could only be stopped through the use of torture. I ran out of books a few days ago and asked Marc to pick up a new one for me. He came home with American Assassin by Vince Flynn. I read the first few pages, noting the usual plot lines. I decided to check the copyright date, thinking perhaps all of these books were written right after 9/11 in an attempt to capitalize on a narrow definition of patriotism. Nope. Dated 2010. At that point, I happened to see a quote by none other than Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, stating that the book was “fantastic” and “just fabulous,” respectively. Hmmmm. I’m now reading the same novels as these two. And, since Beck and Limbaugh are the FIRST two people quoted in the accolades, it seems fair to say that other people reading this type of book value the opinion of these gentlemen. Sigh. Look how far I’ve come. I need some help from my friends. That’s how we get by, right? Send me your reading suggestions…any genre. Just so the overall take away isn’t, to quote Jordan again, “soul crushingly depressing.”