Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chapter what

"Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page. Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over again." - Mason Cooley

I saw the above quote in the book "Lust: A Dictionary for the Insatiable" (Don't ask... it's part of the Deadly Dictionary series).

And I. Liked. It.

Not because it glamorized my latest avenue of holy matrimony, but because it was honest, at least somewhat, about the reality of our choices.

Starting a new book is exciting, choosing it from the shelves and stacks at B&N comes with its own flirtation, and after looking over a few, we settle on what seems most alluring and most in tune with how we're feeling at that moment.

But where is the fun in reading only the first page? If the book is incredible, don't we want to continue reading? I've been guilty of reading the first chapter before moving on, does this simply make me a serial monogamist? Is the first chapter the equivalent of a 3-month relationship?

When it comes to re-reading the same book, over and over, of that I am guilty. There's a handful of books I love so much that opening them up for another round is like visiting an old friend and I sometimes find quotes and tidbits stand out to me more depending the place I'm in as a reader.

Does that make me someone who pines over lost loves? Or does it simply make me an avid reader?

Chime in - do you prefer to read the first page of many books or is it better to reread and rediscover the same book time and time again?