The sunrise was quite lovely this morning; the pearl grey sky burst into rosy pinks as the sun rose over the horizon. The pond sparkled like diamonds cast along its gently rippling surface, and my day began with all the optimism and joy one could ever want.
As I stood on the terrace and watched a hawk circle overhead, I thought about a question that is sometimes posed to me – the request to recommend which of my books someone should read. As always, it is a difficult question to answer, because every reader has his own preferences in reading material. It is a decision that each and every reader needs to make on his own.
Recently, and over the past three years, an individual has been asking me that question, and my answer to that reader is always, “Well, decide which genre you enjoy, read the plot summaries, and choose a book that tickles your fancy. I cannot choose for you, because only you know what you enjoy reading.” Besides, I do not know that individual personally, so with that deficiency, it makes it even more difficult to make any recommendation.
It really is as simple as that. Because my answer is never a hand-holding one (I have great respect for my fellow readers’ intelligence and their own choice of reading material), the same individual slides over to Best Friend to ask him the same question: “What books should I read that were written by Susan Marie Molloy?”
I write in many genres: roman à clef, psychological, satire, parody, science fiction, history, political science, analysis, essays, poetry, travel, et al.
And on it goes . . .
Unfortunately, I don’t really understand why the same question is asked over and over these past three years. In fact, I did, once, recommend to that individual a book I wrote, but that same individual kept vacillating, did not read it, and resumed asking the same question.
As for me, I am back on my reading kick of short science fiction stories from the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Because they are short and quick to read, they are great little fillers in my day when I have fifteen or twenty minutes to spare.
Meanwhile, I am busy re-writing some of my older short stories to be published this fall. I do have a propensity to keep polishing my works, and a new book is also in the works.
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Excerpt from my upcoming book, “A Hopeful World,” “Diary from The Ridge,” and “Aren’t They Just –!” ©2023