After not getting any reading in Wednesday for the extended Thankfully Reading Weekend, and getting a little reading in toward the end of the day yesterday with The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot, earlier today I started in on another book: The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch. Unfortunately, after getting about halfway through, a lot of it skimming, I decided to DNF it.
However, I did get this photo out of it:
If I added up all the half-finished DNFs this year, I’d probably add another dozen books to my reading numbers. Why did I did DNF this one? In short, from the start, I felt I couldn’t relate to the author. However, I skimmed ahead in hope that it would get better and for a bit it did, but I also didn’t like the repetition of statistical analysis about how happy people get after 50 in various countries. Okay, I get it, there’s a lot of statistical analysis out there, from upper class white people, that shows that almost everyone – with no mention of race, period, and a small mention of socioeconomic status (people in Peru) – gets happy again after 50.
I realize now that I should have just stuck with my plan to start a reread of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. So now as my day is ending, I think I’ll return to England, with Alf Wight (aka Herriot). At this rate, since I work part of the day tomorrow, I might not get to Good Omens or Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle as I initially had planned this weekend. But that’s okay. I’ll gladly take whatever reading I can get out of the weekend and be thankful for it.