Last week, I was trying to make a decision about something important and had the hardest time. The Boy and I was hashing it through, talking pros and cons, imagining different scenarios - well, I was hashing, he was asking gentle questions and probably enjoying watching me spin crazily like a hamster on speed. After a protracted
discussion monologue, he told me about this very cool decision-making aid. To wit: it is said - in this case by The Boy, although he mentioned having heard it elsewhere - that when you flip a coin to make a decision, the minute the corn leaves your hand, you know which side you want it to land on, knowing that if it falls on the other side, you'd want to do best two out of three. And when he said that, I knew what my decision had to be.
It turns out that posting a blog entry in which you ask your readers to pick a book for your works much the same way. The minute I posted, I knew which book I wanted to read first. Not surprisingly, knowing my predilections for all things salty, it was The Whale, but alas, it didn't win.
The results are as follows:
Abigail Adams 4
The Whale 1 (by email)
In Defense of Food 1
The Pain Chronicles 3
Well, I think that's the result, anyway. A number of people seem to have the same problem I had in choosing which one, mentioning two or more that sounded interesting. I wasn't really sure if those comments meant they voted for several books, so I decided not to tax my tiny little brain and not count them in the final tally. However, had I not, it would still have been a close race between Abigail Adams and The Pain Chronicles, with Abigail winning by a nose. So, Abigail it is.
This is not to say that the rest won't be read - I have a half a mind to put these five on my nonfiction reading list (which will be interspersed with plenty of fiction), so it's likely that all five of them will be reviewed at some point in the next several months.
I have a thought… Want to do a book club? It'll take a while, because reading audio books takes longer than regular books, but if you want to join in, pick up Abigail Adams and start reading. We'll discuss sometime in February.
Thanks for playing!