Read or skip #3

READ OR SKIP

Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

READ: 6, 7
MAYBE: 9 (I created a new Goodreads shelf for this – To read, maybe)
SKIP: 5, 8

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READ OR SKIP #3

#readorskip

Reading, language, translation.

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8) Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

9) Days of Reading

  • “In these inspiring essays about why we read, Proust explores all the pleasures and trials that we take from books.”
  • Short book, great topic, nice opportunity to read a bit more by Proust, after having read all of his In Search of Lost Time
    READ

10) Hunting and Gathering

  • Long book
  • BUT I liked the first book I read by her, French Leave. I’m sure she has even more to offer. Lots of great ratings
    READ

11) Mouse or Rat? Translation as Negotiation

  • “‘Translation is always a shift, not between two languages but between two cultures. A translator must take into account rules that are not strictly linguistic but, broadly speaking, cultural.’ Umberto Eco is of the world’s most brilliant and entertaining writers on literature and language. In this accessible and dazzling study, he turns his eye on the subject of translations and the problems the differences between cultures can cause. The book is full of little gems about mistranslations and misunderstandings.”
  • Great author, especially language, and topic of great interest to me, as a translator myself
    READ

12) Limits of Language

  • Great topic
  • BUT sounds more like snippets, the humor may bother me, plus apparently the author uses the pronoun ‘she’ by default, which always drives me nuts. I read, ‘she’, and am, wait, who is talking about>
    SKIP

So now, what do YOU think? Am I right to skip 8 and 12? Any other I should skip?
I will inform you of my final choice when I publish the next post for this meme.

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

8 thoughts on “Read or skip #3

  1. Apparently I loved Parisians when I read it back when it came out, as I gave it 5 stars. But I don’t remember much about it, except that I met the author in Paris when it was released and wonder if that influenced my perception of it. I like the sound of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop!

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  2. This is always such a hard decision! Mr Books & I recently cleaned out our physical TBR stacks. Because of my work in an Indie bookshop, I garner loads of ARC’s. They sound appealing, they get added to the stack, but the stack grows faster than we can read!
    At some point we have to say, it sounds appealing still, but it is now 2-3 yrs old, the zeitgeist has past, there are other new releases I’d rather read, we no longer stock it at work, it’s time to pass it on.
    And so we passed on 5 bags of books!

    Re the Robb, if you have a more thorough working knowledge of Paris and her history than I do, then the Robb might work for you. I did enjoy his writing, but he got to obscure for me. Read the first chapter before you decide 🙂

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