Real Problems For Me

Free week.
I had guests lined up for months in advance and now I find myself running on empty.
So in keeping with the literary idea of the bog, I will discuss the Adult Summer Reading Program at my local library.

This year there is no specific theme for the Adults except for a tic-tac-toe-type paper where we are supposed to fill in three boxes in a row on books we are to check out and read. (Last year there was a science-theme with experiments and the year before, learning new skills. Travel was a theme the year before…you get the idea.)

Checking out books is a no-brainer for me…finding the time for all of them has been a strain but, I think, doable.
The blocks include:
a book of our choice,(akin to a ‘free’ space),
a non-fiction book of choice,
a graphic novel,
a travel book,
a biography,
an audio book
a book from the Kentucky collection, (books about and/or by Ky and Ky authors)
a book that has been made into a movie
a book that is a genre “new to you”.

Two problems hit me.

A book that has been made into a movie that I haven’t read was the first one. Hmmm…and it needed to be fairly short, since I am really stretch for time here. I’ve read many books on which movies have been based. They don’t keep many “classics” here and those they do, are classic tomes,(like those of Andre Dumas), or more modern ones, (like those of Michener and King).

I’m trying to get through “Casino Royale” but find I am not of the temperament nor sex of those to whom Ian Fleming hoped to capture for his work. Like most English writers, he can’t get American ‘voices’ down; English phraseology comes out of the most unlikely mouths.
I find it also terribly dated and very prejudiced against several ethnic groups. (I may file a complaint with the library director. It seems they are always removing books for lesser offenses. Joe says to let it go. What do you think?)

I also grabbed an anthology of H.G. Well’s works. I’ve read some before so I’m still a little apprehensive about the others because I’m not crazy about what I have read, but if Ian bothers me enough, I’ll go with HG.

The hardest square to fill is the ‘new to me’ genre.


I could not think of one, solitary type of book which I had never read. I’m not the type to break the rules and claim to have read a book now that I have read before,(it was suggested by others). I searched the library shelves. I wracked my brain for sub-genres, but came up with nothing. I knew I had eclectic tastes, but it was astounding to realize how many and how many types of books I have delved into. I made one call to my sister from my cellphone. I texted my niece. I sought the counsel of two of the workers at the library who suggested many, but, nope…I had covered all that they came up with….Self-help, decorating, cooking, crafts, how-tos, travel, current events, political topics, reference, religious, pictorials, biographies, animal, plant, educational, history, graphic novels, novels, romances, historicals, detective, mysteries, horror, poetry, fantasy, sci-fi…I’ve read them all.

I had my granddaughters with me, so when my ex-daughter-in-law called about picking them up from me, I asked her help. She is well-read and has wide interests. She came up with a genre for me.

And  I’ll leave it at that and let you guess in which area I found a book from her suggestion.

What do you think it was?

If you come up with any ideas that none of us here has, great! I’ll gladly take all of your ideas and file them away because it’s been truly trying getting ideas. I’d genuinely appreciate it and can have them lined up in case they hit me with this question in following years.

So please give it your best shots. Really, see if you catch what we came up with. Thanks;
it’s a real problem.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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21 Responses to Real Problems For Me

  1. jeff7salter says:

    I read all of Fleming’s James Bond novels back in the day and was entranced (as a 15 -yr-old) by them. But I suspect if I re-read them now, with a more critical eye, I’d likely feel the same way.
    I think the tic-tac-toe exercise you’re doing is interesting, but wouldn’t appeal to me. I’m too jealous of my reading time to spend it struggling to fill a square on a game board. Ha.
    Here’s my guess for the genre that was suggested to you) that you likely have not ever read — and it comes to mind because just yesterday one of the bloggers I follow was asking the question: “would you read male-on-male romance?”
    I understand that’s a big seller now. So that’s my guess for the genre what was suggested to you.


    • Oh,no, Jeff, not at all.And I don’t think I’d go that way, (M/M). Erotica, even M/F, is not my thing, but I have to admit having read a few ‘naughties’ from writing friends…and now that I think about it, I read “The Happy Hooker” many years ago. (Probably pretty tame by today’s standards.)
      I have enjoyed the reading programs because it has taken me to other places outside of the reading ruts I may get into. I am giving Ian another chance, out of curiosity. The book is short.
      [Give it another try. Actually, I left subtle clues, maybe too subtle!]


      • jeff7salter says:

        hmm… well, you didn’t mention philosophy


      • No, but been there, done that. I cut out a few hints because I thought it would be caught by you! I added quite a few versions of hint words, words used in and around the genre.
        New hint:re-read this line:” I’ll gladly TAKE all of your ideas and FILE them away because it’s been TRULY TRYING getting ideas.”
        You might have fun finding all of the others I interspersed throughout the page.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        LOL. I must be especially dense today, because all those clues flew way over my head.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. It always bothered me when people complain about older books being prejudiced. That was how it was. People threw fits to get Mark Twain’s work tossed out of schools . That is part of history it allows people to see how society was in days gone by. Removing them does not fix anything it only allows us to forget. That is my thought on it.

    I wonder if you have read dystopian. Something like The Hunger Games. Which could also work for the turned into a movie category.

    Or a choose your own adventure book.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I can’t imagine what you haven’t read, but if you got suggestions from someone younger it might be a genre that youngish people enjoy, like new adult or middle grade novels. I didn’t see autobiography or memoirs in your list, but I’m sure you’ve read some of them. The tic-tac-toe game sounds like fun!


  4. HINT Words/Phrases:
    stretch, time, apprehensive, solitary, break the rules, searched, one call from cell, counsel, file TRULY trying,lined up, hit me, shots, catch, REAL problems.


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