Who really needs to know that much about Russian farming?
I'm always reading 2-4 books at a time. Usually different styles. At the moment it's fiction, a short story collection, and a book of interviews.
Marianne wrote: "Currently reading The Flying Troutmans and loving it ! The base of the story is sad but the situations and characters are so funny. I'm ready for a road trip !"
I read that after a no good, very bad day and it brought me back from ruin. Funniest and most awesome book I have read in a long while.
Debra wrote: "Tracy wrote: "I just finished Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum and I have to say, I liked it, even though it didn't get great reviews on Goodreads. (I guess I'm not very disciminate when it comes to..."
I find a lot of the reviews on GoodReads frustrating as they're not really reviews. For Nino Ricci's The Origin of Species
, for example, most of the people "reviewing" the book didn't finish it. A number of them say they haven't made it through the first 100 pages, and complained of it being too long.
I finished it. I enjoyed it, and I'd recommend it to others.
I don't understand why someone would "review" something they've not properly read.
Debra wrote: "Nico wrote: "As The Game of Thrones is now airing, I thought it time to see if it lives up to the hype. I just began it today and so far I'm intrigued."
My hubby & I have watched ..."
I'm not one much for fantasy, but as far as they go, this one's not bad.
One of the problems with the genre is that the first book of any series is spent describing a new world and setting the stage for things which will come in future volumes. I presume that's the case for this as well as I'm some 400 pages into book one and nothing's really happened.
Haven't seen the new series yet.
I read The Paris Review Interviews Volume I
, The Paris Review Interviews Volume II
and I've started on the third one - they've been excellent. Varied, and fascinating to see what certain writers focus on, and what's important to them.
I've also learned I have a mad crush on Highsmith's Talented Mr Ripley
, a shame, as he's not one much for women.
Ruth Roach Pierson's third collection of poems, Contrary
was fabulous, as was Jim Johnstone's Patternicity
, a biography by Julia Briggs, was an insightful look into Woolf's process, and the effects her life and history had on her books.
I've been more surprised by the books I've found, well, mediocre. Anna Karenina
is supposed to be a timeless classic, but I was frustrated by the gross amounts of space devoted to Russian farming techniques. The Master and Margarita
was rather bizarre, but perhaps I just don't understand the period enough to appreciate the satire.
As The Game of Thrones
is now airing, I thought it time to see if it lives up to the hype. I just began it today and so far I'm intrigued.
I set a goal of 100, which should be easy to top as I've already read 56 books this year.
I've had the same goal for the past two years and always topped it, with 102 in 2009 and 110 in 2010.
As 2011 is YOSS, Year of the Short Story, so I'm planning to make short story collections a noted feature in my reading list. Which, again, shouldn't be difficult, as I read quite a few of them each year anyway. (More details on this on my blog: http://journal.nicomaramckay.com/book...
, if you're interested.)
I read widely: fiction, contemporary and classics, poetry, non-fiction, philosophy, psychology, mythology, theory, graphic novels (which I omit from my count as I tend to go through them quickly), and almost anything I can get my hands on, really.
I like that GoodReads has a tracking system. It tells me that I'm 17 books ahead of schedule for this year, which sounds impressive, until I have to crunch down at work and get behind, heh.
Very much into the paper book deal.
It's how books were meant to be read. Typesetting, design and the look and feel of the book - no e-reader can compare.
Book City has it right: http://www.bookcity.ca/bookmark/
I'm more likely to pick up a book if it's set in Toronto, where I live. I like reading stories about places I know. There are more now than there used to be, but it still seems novel, somehow.