Happy Sunday! Happy Father's Day! Have you got a bookish confession you'd like to make? I'll get us started...
I confess that I haven't been reading Anna Karenina.
I confess that I haven't missed Anna all that much either.
I confess that I've started too many books. Way too many books.
A Year of Reading. Franki and Mary Lee have a one-a-day summer project that I just discovered. The idea is to do one thing, once a day, all summer long.
Amanda at The Zen Leaf has a good post up on Staying Power. The truth is, you just don't know--you don't have a clue--how you're going to feel about a book after some time has passed. The book that you gush about and praise today might not even be worthy of remembering six months from now. And it's true that sometimes it does work in reverse. That some books improve with a little time and distance. (I don't know why!) For me, Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins is a good example of a book that has stayed with me despite me having so many issues with it at the time I reviewed it. Amanda's post mentions ratings--and if ratings should be changed to reflect your current feelings about a book. Or if the ratings should reflect that first impression. I don't rate books at the moment--there were a few months a year or so ago where I did--and this is one of the reasons why. My ratings are even more subjective than my reviews. (If that makes any kind of sense.) And I've found that people misinterpret ratings at times. Even if you clearly state what those ratings mean to you. I think many people just take a quick glance and equate the scale to Amazon's. Which isn't fair to anybody. I do think there are pros and cons to rating books.
Teresa from Shelf Love has a great Sunday Salon post today on Why Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.
She writes about how it's a struggle to decide to give up on a book. There's always the risk that you're giving up a chapter or two too soon. That you might be missing out on a great book, but that you're just being too impatient. I struggle with many of the same issues. I'm trying for more balance now. I want to read the books I want to read. And I don't want to finish books out of guilt or obligation. So I've been allowing myself the privilege of quitting a book I'm not enjoying. But it isn't always done without guilt.
What I've Reviewed This Week:
The Poison Diaries. Maryrose Wood. 2010. HarperCollins. 288 pages.
The Clearing. Heather Davis. 2010. April 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 212 pages.
Monsters of Men. Patrick Ness. 2010. September 2010. Candlewick Press. 608 pages.
Soulless by Gail Carriger. 2009. Orbit. 384 pages.
This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee. 2010. Simon & Schuster. (April 2010) 272 pages.
The Babysitters Club: The Summer Before. Ann M. Martin. 2010. Scholastic. 224 pages.
A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer. 2010. June 2010. Bethany House. 352 pages.
Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico by Lena Nelson Dooley. 2010. May 2010. Summerside Press. 320 pages.
Unburdened: The Secret to Letting God Carry The Things That Weigh You Down. Chris Tiegreen. Tyndale. 240 pages.
Toy Story 3: A Limited Collector's Edition Read-Aloud Storybook. Adapted by Christine Peymani. 2010. Random House. 72 pages.
Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt. Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. 2009. December 2009. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
The Sword Thief (The 39 Clues #3). Peter Lerangis. 2009. March 2009. Scholastic. 160 pages.
House of Dolls. Francesca Lia Block. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. 2010. June 2010. HarperCollins. 61 pages.
Toy Story 3: The Junior Novelization by Jasmine Jones. 2010. Random House. 128 pages.
Kisses for Daddy. Frances Watts. Illustrated by David Legge. 2010. April 2010. Simon & Schuster. 26 pages.
Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug. J.D. Lester. Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. 2010. Random House. 26 pages.
Anna Karenina. Leo Tolstoy. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 2004, this translation. Penguin. 864 pages.
Armadale. Wilkie Collins. 1866. (My edition. Oxford World's Classics.) 880 pages.
Maid to Match. Deeanne Gist. 2010. June 2010. Bethany House. 368 pages.
Black Sheep. Georgette Heyer. 1966/2008. Sourcebooks. 280 pages.
These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine. By Nancy E. Turner. HarperCollins. 416 pages.
What I Hope To Begin/Finish Soon:
The Curse of Chalion. Lois McMaster Bujold. 2002. HarperCollins. 512 pages.
The Book of Three. Lloyd Alexander. 1964. Henry Holt. 190 pages.
Desolation Road. Ian McDonald. 2009. Prometheus. 440 pages.
A Crack in the Sky. Mark Peter Hughes. 2010. August 2010. Random House. 416 pages.
© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews