My daughter is sitting here arguing with me about her reading list and it’s killing me.
The school’s summer reading list is “suggested.” My daughter is not a reader. When she finds a book she loves, she’ll devour it, but she’s very particular and there are not a lot of books she loves. Plus, getting her to the point where she discovers that she “loves” the book is a struggle.
The plan for today is to go to the library and look at the books on the list to see if any strike her fancy. She does not want to go. She doesn’t think she’s going to like any of the books on the list because the descriptions either don’t sound interesting (the kiss of death) or they sound too easy for her (now she’s offended). So we’re already starting off on the wrong foot.
I’ve tried to explain to her that the descriptions on the paper do not do justice to the book. I’m not sure they were even written by the authors. She’s convinced they were and according to her, if the author can’t make the three sentences sound good, why would she want to read the book?
I’ve tried to explain that if she doesn’t like the sound of any of the books when we get to the library and she actually looks at the books, she doesn’t have to check them out. She wants to know to what degree uninteresting is—will I make her read it if it sounds a little interesting?
She’s eleven. She’s not reading the books I write. But let this be fair warning to all authors. My daughter is a tough critic, and she can’t be the only one out there. Make sure the descriptions of your books are as well written as the actual book and make it as appealing as possible.
Readers, what is it about book descriptions that attracts you or pushes away?