I know a book is great when I feel the need to stop reading and put it in the freezer.
Brownie points if you get that reference.
If you didn’t, let me explain it: there’s an episode of Friends called “The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends.” The B-plot starts with Rachel opening Joey and Chandler’s freezer for some ice and pulling out a copy of The Shining. We learn that Joey loves this book, but during the tense parts he gets scared and puts it in the freezer. No rhyme or reason. Just Joey. So he and Rachel swap favorite books. She reads The Shining, and he reads Little Women. We all know what happens in Little Women, but Joey of course does not, and by the end of the episode he chooses to put it in the freezer rather than finish.
I always loved this Friends moment, and whenever I’m reading a particularly tense book I contemplate pulling a Joey. Because sometimes you can’t read fast enough, your heart can’t slow down enough, and all that’s left to do is put the book in the damn freezer.
What are your top “Freezer Books” ?? As I mentioned in my last post, I just finished THE ONE, the final book in THE SELECTION trilogy, and during the last fifty or so pages I was rather tempted to clear out a nice, book-sized space between the corn and the peas.