Escapists Uncensored: Recruiting my husband to save my sanity

JTuck-That Thing at the Zoo

Escapists UncensoredI have a confession. I am pressuring my hubby, Bo, to read the novella That Thing at the Zoo by James Tuck. My hubby, the non-reader. The man who read seven pages of The Hobbit and all he could remember was that Gandolf had a grey beard. The man who only reads books required for his job or some computer tech thing he’s interested in. Why am I doing this? Because he read when he was younger, I know he can do it and know he would like this series in particular. Plus I need someone to talk shop with so badly I’m about to explode!

Something about the way I choose novels has me the odd man out in my circle of reading friends, even here on LE *wink wink*. Seriously, 9 times out of 10 I do not know what author is being discussed. Before LE, I didn’t try anything new unless someone gave it to me. I was ridiculously devoted to my small favorites list. Thankfully I am more adventurous now, but I’m still out of the main loop anyway.

Here’s how I shop (library, book store and online): I don’t follow trends, I don’t use the “Bestseller’s List” or blogs as my guide and the only time my friends taste is considered is when they recommend something.  Also, I don’t take publication date or name on the cover into consideration. Instead, I head for a genre I like. I pick up random books, read the synopsis and skim pages. If it sounds good, I get it, if it doesn’t I put it back. That’s my process in a nutshell. Is this strange to anyone?

There is one good thing that has come out of my ‘odd’ personal library. A few times I have found something before it exploded into popularity!  Booyeah!

The way I see it, this is a win-win for the both of us. I get someone to finally talk about this series with which I’ve been dreaming of it ever since I first read his work! Bo loves crass humor, badass action, vampires and other spooky monsters of the like. Tuck’s series has all of that, so how could he not enjoy it? Honestly, I’m not sure how anyone couldn’t love this series, but I digress.

JTuck-That Thing at the ZooShredding monsters is his stock and trade. He sniffs them out, tracks them down, and corners them. End of story. But when the tables are turned, expect the unexpected. . .

Knowing his enemy is a rule Deacon Chalk swears by. But he’s never seen anything like whatever is leaving the Atlanta Zoo’s most dangerous predators bloodless, skinned, and hanging high in treetops. And he’s only got till sunrise to keep it from turning the entire city into a slaughterhouse. Now Deacon is in zoo lockdown with a handful of staffers to save. His zookeeper backup has more guts than monster-hunting experience. And the only chance Deacon has to run this thing to unholy ground is to risk unleashing his darkest, most uncontrollable instincts. . .

Eventually we’ll branch out to others like Nancy Gideon and Laurell K. Hamilton, then maybe, someday, on to historical romance. Hush, he’s chivalrous it could work!

So, tell me dear readers, is there anyone out there like me without a reading buddy/group? What do you do when you just finish a novel that has your blood pumping with excitement, but you have no one to talk to about it? Or how about when everyone is discussing a book you have never heard/read, and you sit there all alone, bored? Please tell me I can’t be alone in my misery!

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SAHM of 2, happily married bookworm, blogger and aspiring author. If I could read/write all day, every day, I would. Luckily I have a very understanding, and patient, husband who lets me get away with it as much as possible. Now if only the kids would understand my obsession, and the house would clean itself, then I'd be all set.


  1. That book sounds good. My main squeeze doesn’t read either. I got him a novel about Batman and Superman in the 50s and he didn’t even read that. He started to, read about 5/6th of the book and then just never finished it for no reason. It actually really annoys me. I know it shouldn’t, but I can realte, some times I just think, “Hey, we could be talking about this…”

  2. If it’s any consolation, I rarely know which authors the other LE gals are talking about either. I may be the odd one out. I don’t have anyone to talk to about books but I haven’t really been too successful when I did. I usually read the book so much faster that the other person still felt left out in my enjoyment of the book. For me, reading is one hobby I don’t mind not sharing with friends.

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