Now that we’ve come to the middle of the year, what do you think of your 2009 reading so far? Read anything interesting that you’d like to share? Any outstanding favourites?One thing is for sure. I have become sloppy in my record keeping. I am behind in updating my statistical list of the books I have read so far this year. What I can tell you is that I have read less books this year than any other year in recent history. However, quality wise, I am very pleased with my reading choices. I have read two books that earned five star ratings and several that hit that 4.5 mark. Only one book earned less than a 3 star rating and I have no books to add to that Did Not Finish (DNF) pile. Challenge wise, I am making fast progress in some and really slow progress in others. Lots of books have come into my house, although fortunately my own book buying is down as compared to this time last year. And that's a good thing. I do not anticipate my reading patterns will change much in the months to come, although I hope I will be able to devote more time to books and reading challenges than I have been able to so far.
For a list of what I have managed to read so far this year, you can visit my archives.
For this week's Tuesday Thingers, Wendi asksI knew a boy who ate paste. The Sunday school teacher made it a rule that he was not to use paste or glue without adult supervision. I tasted it once and did not see what the draw was. Oh, but how I loved to squirt the glue between my fingers or peel it off after spreading it out on the paper for a project! Glue can be very messy. Just ask my mother.
This week we are exploring something totally different and un-Library Thing - we're looking at Glue! I first heard about Get Glue when a bloggy friend won a Kindle 2 from one of their contests! The topic then came up again at the recent Seattle blogger get-together. SO. . . I decided that maybe this whole Glue thing deserved a little attention.
What is Get Glue?From their Website:Questions: Have you gotten Glue yet? If so, how do you like it? Do you follow Glue Genie on Twitter? Won anything in their quizzes?
Developed by AdaptiveBlue, Glue enables you to connect with your friends on the web around the things you visit online. Glue is powered by semantic recognition technology that automatically identifies books, music, movies, wines, stocks, movie stars, recording artists, and more. Glue works hard to make it easy for you to find out what your friends think about things you're visiting online.
I have not tried Glue online. I considered it, looked into it, and dismissed it. No matter how many times I read definitions of Glue like the one above, I still am left confused, not sure exactly how it would benefit me. Oh my gosh! Am I becoming techno-phobic? That makes me feel old. Excuse me while I go and eat paste.
Suggested by Callista83:
Do you read celebrity memoirs? Which ones have you read or do you want to read? Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would you like to see?
mem·oir (mmwär, -wôr)
1. An account of the personal experiences of an author.
2. An autobiography. Often used in the plural.
3. A biography or biographical sketch.
4. A report, especially on a scientific or scholarly topic.
5. memoirs The report of the proceedings of a learned society.
from Free Dictionary
I tend to think of a memoir as falling into the first category. I separate it out from the biography, which I think of as having been written by one person about someone else. I have read biographies of celebrities and famous people. All for class assignments. I am not a huge fan of biographies. I do, however, like memoirs--but usually not of celebrities or famous people. I am more drawn to the stories of the less well-known, those people who are almost just like me. Closer, anyway, than a famous person. That isn't to say I have not or will not read a memoir written by a celebrity. It is just not my preference.
At this moment, I have two memoirs written by famous people sitting in my TBR stacks. One is President Obama's, Dreams of my Father, which I have been wanting to read since I first heard about it. The other is Kristin Chenoweth's A Little Bit Wicked. I have to be honest though and say that it isn't a book I would have chosen for myself, and I am still not sure yet I will read it. I received it as an unsolicited review book.
As to non-existent celebrity memoirs I would like to see? I can't think of one. Nope. Not a one.
“He who believes that the past cannot be changed has not yet written his memoirs.” ~ Torvald Gahlin
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1. When I heard Doris telling Kim that she was looking for something to read I immediately joined in the conversation to offer my two cents.
2. Settling in with a good book is the best medicine.
3. It's late, but I cannot seem to stop reading. Just one more chapter. Well, maybe two . . .
4. I carry a book with me almost always.
5. My eyes have seen terrible and wonderful things over the years.
6. When it comes to certain issues, I feel rather strongly.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to cuddling on the couch with my husband and the dog and watching another episode of Mad Men (we're watching the first season on DVD); tomorrow my plans include catching the movie Public Enemies at the theater and following that up with lunch out; and Sunday, I want to cozy up with my book!
My Friend Amy is hosting The 50 Books for Our Time Project based on the Newsweek's 50 Books for our Times picks. I decided to throw my hat in the ring and join in. Because many of the books are rather daunting, it was decided that each participant would read one book from the list by the end of the year and post on his or her blog about whether or not, in fact, that book is a book for our times.
There were a number of books on the list I would have loved to sign up to read, but most were already taken. I eventually zeroed in on Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam by Mark Bowden. It's a book I have had on my shelf since 2007 but just haven't gotten around to yet. I really liked the author's book Black Hawk Down and have been wanting to read another of his books for awhile now. It actually seems like a fitting book to read right about now too, what with everything going on in the Middle East, in particular Iran. I can't say I will get to it this summer, but I do plan to read it before the year is out.
Currently, Amy is trying to fill the slots for the remaining books that have yet to be chosen. Once those are filled, she will open sign-ups again for the books already taken. If you are interested, be sure and stop by her blog to get the latest news about the project.
Because I hate for anyone to feel left out, if you like the idea of reading one book (or more) from the list but aren't interested or are unable to sign up for the official project, do not let that deter you from setting your own personal challenge or goals. I would love to know if you decide to read something from the list and to know your thoughts about whether the books on the list really are books for our times.
Maybe you have already read a book or two from the list. Would you call the books you've read books for our time? What books do you think should have made the list that did not?
© Wendy Runyon of Musings of a Bookish Kitty 2009
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