My studying efforts have ceased for the moment (the new term starts in October) and I’m looking forward to catching up on my reading. My goal of reading 100 books this year is looking rather daunting and I’ll be happy to get 52, thus averaging one a week. Here are this week’s reviews:
- John Ortberg – The Me I Want to Be – 2010/036
- Dorothy Elbury – The Major and the Country Miss – 2010/037
- Pat Conlon – Handbook of Devotion to Our Lady – 2010/038
And the incoming books:
- Muriel Spark – Omnibus 2
And my stack for the coming week:
- Linda Nichols – At the Scent of Water – currently reading
- Max Lucado – Just Like Jesus
- Carol Steward – Journey to Forever
- Chris Baty – No Plot? No Problem!
- Mona Hodgson – Two Brides too Many
- Fr Tadeusz Dajczer – The Gift of Faith
- Tamera Alexander – Rekindled (Started a couple of weeks ago but set aside. This may be a DNF.)
It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by BookJourney.
This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Which fictional character (or group of characters) would you like to spend a day at the beach with? Why would he/she/they make good beach buddies?
I haven’t been to the beach for years. Whenever I’ve visited the seaside in the past, however, I’ve wished I had a dog with me – they’re such fun! So I think I would like to visit the beach with Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. And, of course, there will be adventure involved – how could there not be? – and we’ll all have a jolly time.
This is a new (to me) meme hosted by Should be Reading. This week, we are asked:
What does your bookshelf (or, what do your bookshelves) say about you to the people who come into your home?
Hmm. I have two bookcases. Both are full. And numerous boxes. All are full. They say:
This person has too many books. She attempts to organise them but frequently fails. She has yet to learn that one may have too much of a good thing.
Thankfully, my bookshelves are seen and not heard.
- Chris Baty – No Plot? No Problem!
Not a very exciting week book-wise but I expect great things of the future!
The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader: TSS: When a new book isn’t a new book.
I clipped this post ages ago because new books that aren’t new books have bitten me in the past and made me very cross. There’s nothing worse than seeing something ‘new’ from a favourite author, buying it and hurrying home to cuddle up and read for the rest of the afternoon only to find it’s a retitled volume which you’ve already read. The waste of money doesn’t bother me so much as the feeling of disappointment.
If I worked in publishing I’m sure I’d know the reasons behind retitling. But I don’t and I don’t. So my plea is for retitled books to be clearly marked – and not in 6pt type underneath the copyright information!
Over on Facebook, there’s a group called ‘No, I do NOT have too many books’. I don’t remember which of my friends found it but, when I saw it, I knew it was one I had to join. Even though I do (kind of) know that I DO have too many books. But there’s always room for one more. And I am trying to release them through BookMooch. Incidentally, I’m OldFashionedGirl over there. If I’ve reviewed a book recently which you would like to read then it’s worth checking my inventory as it may be available for Mooching. But I digress.
The owner of the ‘too many books’ group asked:
So tell me, if a book is popular, do you find yourself having slightly different expectations of it?
It’s an interesting question and rather ties in with the current debates about bloggers accepting review copies of books from publishing houses which I wrote about recently. As we now know that some of the hype surrounding books is artificially managed by the marketing people, what expectations do we have when (or if) we finally read it for ourselves?
In all honesty, I’m not sure that hype really affects me as a reader. It’s true that I acquire books under influence of reviews – whether in blogland, magazines, or wherever – but it’s usually so long before they reach the top of Mt ToBeRead and I start reading that I’ve long forgotten what the reviewers said. All I know is that I heard about the book, wanted to read it and now so shall do.
There are a few exceptions – if a book is part of a series (think Harry Potter) then the hype is so much more and much more long-lasting. People may be talking about the fourth volume when I pick up the first. And I guess that does alter my expectations. I may be sick of hearing about it and skip the reading altogether. Or I may expect ‘great things’ from the volume in my hand and, perhaps, be disappointed.
But, really, we’re all individuals. Someone else liking or not liking a book doesn’t mean you will or you won’t. A reviewer may flag up something you feel strongly about and that will influence whether or not you read the book. But, at the end of the day, you’re going to have to make up your own mind. And you’ve got the pleasure of reading while you do.
What could be a nicer way to spend time on a sunny afternoon than on a Book Blogger Hop? Well, apart from reading a book, of course.
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