When I first started blogging I thought getting free political books to read and review was a perk. Then I realized that I really don’t like political books. I kind of hate them, or at least most of them. There are a few that have held my attention, but after hours of following politics online and on the news, and then blogging about it, the last thing I want to do is curl up with a political book at the end of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good book. Give me a good mystery/thriller and I’ll read it from cover to cover if I have the time. (Something in short supply these days.)
Sometimes the books I like involve politics, at least in the background, but they really aren’t that partisan. I’ve read all of Vince Flynn’s books. (May he rest in peace.) Same for Sue Grafton’s alphabet series (which I love because it began in the 80’s and decades later is still in the 80’s), Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, and all of James Patterson’s series’, to name just a few. Maybe I should blog about the books I like for a change of pace.
I got to thinking about this after reading Larry O’Connor’s piece in The Federalist about how conservatives have to stop ceding pop culture to the left. He didn’t really say what to do about it. It’s not like I’m going to get a cameo appearance on the Disney Channel’s hit show Jessie like Michelle Obama. The only reason I know she’ll be on next Friday is I saw the promo for it while my son was watching something else. I don’t watch that much TV besides news, but when I do I tune into HGTV, USA, TNT or baseball. (Okay, don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I watch Lifetime and Hallmark movies, too.) My problem is that when I watch TV I almost always have one eye on the computer or my phone, making sure I don’t miss any breaking news. I never have that problem when I’m engrossed in a good book.
Anyway, I agree that we need to keep our eye on the culture. Conservative politicians should certainly take note, and find a way to insert themselves into pop culture in ways that don’t end up with them becoming the punchline. It can’t be that hard, can it? And I would love to see more conservatives writing bestselling mystery, thriller or crime novels. Now that’s the kind of book I would love to read and review.
I’m not sure what the point of this post is, it’s been a long week and it’s only Wednesday, I guess it’s just that we need to resist coming down with a full blown case of Beltway Hypnosis Syndrome. At least we can say we’ve been sufficiently inoculated.
*Just as a side note, I read blogger Doug Ross’s crime novel Hard Boiled a few months ago. It’s not that long – great for a day at the beach – and I enjoyed it. I hope he follows up with a sequel.