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Posted on Wednesday 9 April 2008 at 3:57 pm

My reading lists


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I've decided that I've been spending far too much time online and not enough time reading. I still read history stuff and one novel or some other kind of book a week, but I used to read a lot more for pleasure and I really miss it. So I'm trying to read more and, perhaps more importantly, to branch out and read more kinds of things. I bought a subscription and some back issues of Bookmarks magazine and started going through the copies of the magazine I have now for anything that catches my attention. After I volunteer at the elementary school on Friday When I get around to it because the elementary school is on spring break this week and I really need to remember that, I'm going to the public library to see what I can find off the lists I've been creating and I hope to spend some quality time with enjoyable books this weekend.

In the meantime, I have proven to myself if no one else that I am hopelessly addicted to the internet. This whole book scheme is partly to get me away from the computer. So what have I been doing with my free time for the past couple of days? Why creating an online booklist of hundreds of books I've read over the years so I can keep track of all these new books I plan to read of course. I've tried a couple of booklist things at Facebook before and wasn't all that impressed with any of them. Then my friend Kathy told me about Goodreads.com It allows me to organize the books into all kinds of different shelves, which my rather large anal-retentive side loves to pieces. It also has the advantage of not just being on Facebook. There is a facebook app connected with the site so my profile lists of books is updated whenever I update at Goodreads, but if anyone else wants to share book recs or whatever, they can do so at Goodreads even without a Facebook account. I can also make all kinds of little widgets to share my reading lists anyplace. For example, check out the bottom of my bio section on my LJ profile. Nifty, no?

So, can I con anyone else into getting a Goodreads account or friending me over there if you have one already? Anyone have suggestions on what I should grab when I go to the library?

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What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 8:28 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Rachael. You are the most organized person I could ever know.

I'm with you on spending too much time on the internet and not enough reading. I'd been pretty good at the start of this year about not using my computer after dinner and reading instead, but then I started a book I'm not totally into and that all went to pot.

I recommend Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell! And Neil Gaiman!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 8:38 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
You are the most organized person I could ever know.

I can't help it! The world is such an easier and happier place when things are organized. Or at least my world is.

I recommend Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell!

I'd say the thing I've heard most about this book is that it starts slow and then gets better or that it is good but would be better if about 100 pages were cut and it almost doesn't matter which 100 pages. Would you consider those fair assessments?

And Neil Gaiman!

Anything in particular? As I think you know, I love Good Omens but haven't tried anything else.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 8:42 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'd say the thing I've heard most about this book is that it starts slow and then gets better or that it is good but would be better if about 100 pages were cut and it almost doesn't matter which 100 pages. Would you consider those fair assessments?

No. I'm not sure I'd describe the start as slow: it's set-up, but it's entertaining and mysterious. And then it picks up speed like a locomotive. And it never felt too long. I was sad when I got near the end. It's the best book I've ever read, and I think you'd love it as a fantasy fan and history buff.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 8:43 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Cool beans. I'll see if the library has it in.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 8:44 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
You could probably pick the hardcover up for $7 at B&N> It's been on clearance.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 8:56 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Good to know. I generally prefer buying things as opposed to renting them or checking them out of a library, but I figure if I want to try expanding my horizons some, I'm going to encounter some I don't like so it might be better to try and then buy if I like rather than buy and then try. This one does sound like something more my usual fair and something I'll probably like, though, so it might be worth just jumping in and buying.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 8:44 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
And I'd rec American Gods of Neil's!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 8:54 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I keep thinking about picking up American Gods but never have. I was close to getting it one time but then someone told me it was a sequel and I needed to read another book first. That didn't sound right to me but I held off on American Gods until i could find out for sure and then forgot to ever find out.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 8:55 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
No, it's not a sequel. I think it has some of the same characters from the Sandman graphic novels, but it's nothing crucial to the story by any stretch.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 8:56 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Good to know. I was fairly certain it wasn't a sequel but the other person was quite adamant.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 8:57 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Were they on the internet? I hate it when people are WRONG on the internet. ;)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 9:06 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, as a matter fact! How dare someone be WRONG on the INTERNET!!
Jules
littlepixiechic at 11:59 pm on 09 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
So obviously since I'm supposed to be messing with the figures for one of my books at work I'm going to go add millions of books to this goodbooks thingy.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 12:21 am on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like an excellent plan to me. I'm writing a lecture right now and totally not comparing our ratings on the Harry Potter books and Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa books.
Jules
littlepixiechic at 1:47 am on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Hehe. Good job avoiding the procrastination:) Just realized I said goodbooks instead of goodreads before. Same difference. I need to come up with a better rating system. I started off giving everything either four or five stars, but then about halfway through putting in basically all the books on my bookshelf I realized that wasn't going to work out. So I'll probably go through and adjust those. But the reality is that most books I read I finish and say "I really liked that."
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:00 am on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I never know what to do with ratings, either. I mean, if I give a Star Wars book a 4 that means it is a four for a Star Wars book. If a give a Shakespearian play a four, that means it is a four for Shakespeare. I don't think that should imply that I think a 4-star Star Wars book is the equal of a 4-star Shakespeare, but I always hesitate over things like that. Plus their little pop up guide has a two star as "It's OK." To me, "It's OK" should be a three star and two stars are more "I didn't like it" and one stars are "I hated it and no one should ever read it!"

I think I'll have more low stars as I go, though. I mean, right now I'm putting in books I remember and books I own. Those are obviously going to be ones I like more. In the future, if I out in every book I read, I'll end up putting in more that I won't remember in the future and will never buy. If I put in every book I eve read in high school English classes, there would certainly be more low stars, but I just don't remember them.
Jules
littlepixiechic at 1:51 am on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
FYI, I'm wasting time now comparing our ratings on things and I see that you enjoyed One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. You should read Cancer Ward. I thought it was much better than Ivan Denisovitch. Also, have you ever seen a picture of Solzhenitsyn? He looks like an old angry goatman.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:03 am on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I has not seen a Solzhenitsyn pic, but the mental image you just gave me is hilarious. I see a Google images search in my near future.

I read One Day... in college in an Honors seminar on Books that Changed the World. I'm amazed the professor didn't manage to kill my enjoyment of every book we read in that class, but somehow he didn't.


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