Read or skip #2

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: 1, 2, 3
MAYBE: 4 (I created a new Goodreads shelf for this – To read, maybe)
SKIP: 5

read or skip #1

READ OR SKIP #2

#readorskip

Today’s batch has a lot of books about books.

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1) Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World

  • “Part travel story, part love story, and part memoir” – the part love story bothers me here.
  • Less than 4.00 rating
  • BUT can I skip a book about books?
    SKIP

2) The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

3) Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

  • “This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language… Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.”
  • The highest ranking here for the 3 books about books in this batch
    READ

4) The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

  • “In The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Buzbee, a former bookseller and sales representative, celebrates the unique experience of the bookstore… Interwoven throughout is an historical account of the bookseller’s trade”. This second element sounds attracting.
  • BUT a blogger I trust wrote “excruciatingly boring”
    Probably READ

5) Howards End is on the Landing

  • “‘Howards End is on the Landing’ charts the journey of one of the nation’s most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing:.
  • Is it really worth it?
    Probably SKIP

So now, what do YOU think? Am I right for 1, 2, and 3?
And I need your input for 4 and 5 to finalize my decision.
I will inform you of my final choice when I publish the next post for this meme.
Here is an easy way to vote.
Please feel free to also comment.

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

 

Nonfiction November 2018: Expert on books on books

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#NonficNov

Click on the logo to see the detailed schedule

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert
/Become the Expert

hosted by Julie @ JulzReads

Three ways to join in this week!
You can either share 3 or more books
on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert),
you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic
that you have been dying to read (ask the expert),
or you can create your own list of books
on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

This year, I would love to become the expert, on reading these nonfiction books-on-books that have been on my TBR for a while

Click on the covers to know more about them

books on books expert 1

books on books expert 2

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WHICH ONE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND MOST?
WHAT’S YOUR AREA OF NONFICTION EXPERTISE?

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Six degrees of separation: from Alexander McCall Smith to Sherlock Holmes

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from
Alexander McCall Smith
to
Sherlock Holmes

This is really cool!
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with a mystery and indeed on one.
Here are my own quirky rules:

  1. Use your list of books on Goodreads

  2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it

  3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title

  4. Or the second if the title starts by the same word

So here the result. After the covers, you can find the links of my reviews or the title on Goodreads:

  The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency marie-antoinettes-darkest-days
onfessions of Marie Antoinette Ex Libris
Studio Saint-Ex  Uno studio in rosso

     

1. The No. 1 Ladies’s Detective Agency
2. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days:
Prisoner NO. 280 in the Conciergerie
3. Confessions of MARIE Antoinette
4. Ex Libris: CONFESSIONS of a Common Reader
= on my TBR
5. Studio Saint-EX
6. Uno STUDIO in rosso
= ok, I cheated here. I couldn’t find any title with ‘studio’ in it,
but then, this popped up… !!
I did read A Study in Scarlet (actually all of Sherlock Holmes),
so I judge myself allowed to use it… in Italian!!

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HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
HAVE YOU PLAYED
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THIS MONTH?