Recently a friend of mine commented that she hates to try out new authors for fear of being disappointed. Those words have been gnawing at me ever since. She is an avid reader so I find that sentiment really sad. I LOVE discovering new authors, it’s one of the great joys of reading. To limit yourself only to the tried and true ones seems really confining to me. I fear more being disappointed by an author I’ve always enjoyed. Jodi Picoult is a good example, I always buy her newest book but in the 20 or so that I’ve read of hers there were a couple I struggled to get through. But c’est la vie. Whether or not a story appeals to one personally has a lot to do with the topic at hand and some topics are not as interesting as others to me. I didn’t particularly care for the one about an autistic boy for instance, but her last one that deals with several hot button issues in our society today captivated me. Infertility, gay rights, conservative Christian views, love. How can you go wrong with that?
In other news we are under a flood warning in Juneau! They are not sure why but speculation is there was a lake that has been trapped by the glacier that is now free. This morning the water level was 13.7 feet and rising. Minor flood stage is 11.5 feet while moderate flood stage is 12.5 feet. It’s a little disconcerting to say the least. Here’s hoping it doesn’t get any worse.