BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
Next in Line: Escape by Carolyn Jessop, following a theme after finishing The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
After That: Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner, to “read along” with My Friend Amy one week in June (date TBA), also for 2009 RYOB Challenge; The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, an ARC received via LTER (June 2009 publication); Fool by Christopher Moore, for the RYOB Challenge, because my husband has already read it and keeps asking me if I have yet
Book reviews posted this week: Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl
Total reviews posted year-to-date: 18
Books read for the 2009 Read Your Own Books Challenge: 6 (pledged 20 for the year)
New additions to the “TBR” tag:
An Absolute Scandal, by Penny Vincenzi
The Likeness, by Tana French
The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris At the World’s Most Famous Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, by Joshilyn Jackson (won in a giveaway from Nicole at Linus’s Blanket)
Total books currently tagged as “read” in LibraryThing: 372
In the perfect follow-up to last week’s question, as suggested by C in DC:
Is there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?
You mean I actually could get those hours of my life back? Awesome! Do I get three wishes? I could probably come up with more, but I’ll stop with three. Two of them are books I read because “everyone” was reading them – I’ve learned (the hard way, evidently) that my taste in reading tends to be rather different from “everyone’s.” I read both of these books back in the 1990’s, and yet the bad impression they left still lingers:
The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield: Beware of lightweight philosophy wrapped in fiction! Parables work if they’re short – the New Testament contains numerous examples – but they can be shaky frameworks for novels. This book was written primarily to convey some New-Age-y concepts (most of which I don’t recall, so I guess they didn’t really sink in), which made the themes bigger the story – and again, the writing itselfdidn’t help matters. This was a huge bestseller in the mid-’90’s – does anyone else remember reading it, and are your memories better than mine?
The third was a major disappointment from a favorite author:
Is there a book you’d like to pretend never happened to you?
Friday Fill-ins #126
1. It’s cold and thick and chocolatey – wow, this is a great milkshake!
2. I like to eat things made with them, but on their own, I don’t really like tomatoes.
3. My favorite health and beauty product is no longer available at Target, so I’m going to have to find something else.
4. My commute to work is definitely NOT a nice long ride (“long,” yes – “nice,” not so much).
5. Well, first of all I need to get this desk organized so I can find the stuff for that project I’m working on today!
6. People from work; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was just like being awake.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to checking in for the BEATwittyparty, tomorrow my plans include two Little League games (my nephews’) and finally watching the last few hours of Lost on the DVR and Sunday, I want to read, write, and see a movie with Tall Paul (we’re thinking it will be Angels and Demons this weekend)!
Considering that half of my Fill-ins answers are somehow work-related, I think I really NEED a weekend! What sort of plans do you have for yours?