At my age, I read for fun. Don't talk to me about books that will make me smarter. I was already as smart as I'll ever be a few decades ago.
I don't give any book a big chance. If it isn't interesting from the get-go, I let go. Sure I paid for the book, but I don't have to pay more in my time to read a book that bores me. If I don't enjoy reading it, why read it? For my original investment in the book? That's silly.
Readers tell me that my non-fiction books were fun to read. Writing a novel, however, is way different. It’s got to be fun. So, when I sat down to write my first novel Red Chaser, I knew I had to write a book that was fun to read. If Red Chaser bogged down, it might lose a reader, and me, as the writer. Red Chaser is a noir thriller of the 1950s, the Cold War and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
There’s a simple test you can take to find out if a book appeals to you before you buy it. I use this test all the time. Go to Amazon.com. You can read reviews by other readers. Even more importantly, you download a sample to your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or BlackBerry. The sample can range from 15-40 pages. There is no limit to the number of samples you can download. I usually download 7-8 a month, and after reading the samples, I buy 4-5 books.
For the fun of it, check out Red Chaser. Download a sample. And, then, read for the pure fun of it.