Location… Location… Location…. Does It Matter?
Fellow readers… we can talk right? We have that “love for books thing” in common, and if I may be so bold… we do enjoy hunkering down to a really good read. Now while traditions and props may differ almost like a set up for a game of Clue….
In the recliner, favorite blanket, bowl of popcorn
on the deck, in the sun, large glass of iced tea
at the library, in a sunny window, feet propped at a 30 degree angle
in the living room, on the couch, surrounded by cheese,crackers,grapes and a glass of wine…
we can probably all agree that not much compares to digging into that book that fully takes you inside the story line… blood, sweat and tears… you are ALL IN.
Which brings me to my point….
If a book is not clear about where it is locally centered, is that a bump in the read for you? If you do not know if you are reading about a smoldering California summer or a wintry bout in Alaska… does the book miss something?
I ask because I fall into the I want to know category. I like to know where I am reading, it is a part of my level of involvement with the book, placing me into a deeper sense of knowing where I am and what that might feel like. In some books, location is such a large part of the book, it almost becomes a character in itself…
Even dystopian reads can give you a feel for where you are, even if the world is no longer as know it… take Hunger Games for instance.
And even though I do prefer knowing States or countries, I am even ok with an area being described as, “in the south” or “way up North”, at least that gives me something. Although I do love the brave authors that put us right into a city and state ;) )
For todays bookish topic of discussion I am curious if this love of knowing where I am at geographically is more of a “yeah that’s just you Sheila”, or is it a “I agree, I like to know where I am in a book”.
And since this is the topic at hand (or at keyboard)….