Now that I’m not studying anything I’ve actually been able to take the time to read and enjoy it. I didn’t really become a reader until I was about 23. Finding a good book has always been kind of difficult to me, and I probably still don’t know what I really like for sure. Reading the backs has never been much of a help, and friend recommendations have fallen flat too many times to trust them. It’s not as simple as going to rent a movie that you’ve already seen previews for, and then if it isn’t good you’ve only wasted 2 hours of your life. There are thousands of books and authors in a book store, and no way to tell if what you’re investing in is any good. If it turns out that it isn’t, you could easily waste days trying to trudge through it, and sometimes it doesn’t even get finished. Chuck Palahniuk used to be one of my favorite authors. I guess you could say that he still is since I’ve loved the majority of his books, but his latest offerings just haven’t appealed to me. I haven’t even bothered to read his last 3 because the reviews I’ve read share my disappointment. I had the opportunity to go to a book signing and release party for Snuff. Having never read the book, I figured I’d have that one autographed since it was the reason for the occasion. It turned about to be my least favorite book he’s ever written. I should have had him sign Rant or Choke. His books have always been disturbing, but it’s been in a good way. You’re always curious to see what happens next, and he can make you like even the strangest of characters. It seems like he’s running dry on creativity though, and relying on pure shock value alone. I don’t have very high hopes for any new instant classics, but I plan on rereading a few of my favorites soon. I only hope that I enjoy them as much as the first time I read them. Maybe that’s why I’ve never reread a book? I’m too afraid that I won’t love it as much the next time through. Taking this photo has made me realize that I need to add Survivor to my collection. I’ve read it, but don’t own it. Shame on me.