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.
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!
What are you currently reading? Colleen McCulloch’s The Thorn Birds.
What did you recently finish reading? Vanessa del Fabbro’s The Road to Home.
What do you think you’ll read next? I’m behind on book admin and haven’t picked out this week’s books yet so I really have no idea!
If you’d like to see how other readers have answered these questions, or answer them yourself, visit this post at Should be Reading.
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.
On Reading: On Second Thought. . . ..
Today, Jennifer is asking:
What are some books that you knew you enjoyed when you read them, but you didn’t realize you really loved until they stood the test of time. What is a book that you’ve given a second thought?
This is a really hard question for me to answer.
With fiction, every now and again a book will stay with me but I generally know it’s One of Those when I read it. If I’m caught up with the characters, setting and atmosphere, if I find myself thinking about them when I’m not reading and can’t wait to get back into that fictional world then I know it’s made a deep impression and I’ll probably always be able to recall it. Books like that are favourably reviewed – I don’t give stars – and, if I’m making a list of ‘Best books read’ then I’ll pick them out of my general list of ‘What did you read this year?’
I treat non-fiction a bit differently. If it makes a big impression, it goes to live in the ‘For Further Study’ box. If it doesn’t then it’s less favourably reviewed and takes the first train out-a-here.
The decisions are made as I read and as I review. I don’t go back and change them. I suppose occasionally I’ll re-read something years later and have different opinions because I’ve moved on in life but I honestly can’t remember a book where I’ve done that.
But I’ll repeat Jennifer’s question to you – I’ll be interested to hear how you come to these decisions and if they’re final or more malleable.
Gary Chapman – The Five Love Languages for Singles
Kathlee Y’Barbo – Golden Twilight
Sue Prosser – How to Stop Dieting and Start Living
Jon McGregor – So Many Ways to Begin
Susan Squellati Florence – The Gift of Now
Angela Huth – Land Girls
Tony Castle – Exploring Prayer with Therese of Lisieux
This is the plan of my reading for next week. I don’t think I’ll get through it all as I’m studying at the moment but I shall give it a jolly good try!
What do you plan to read next week?