Read or skip #6

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

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16, 17, 20: skip
21: maybe read
Read the others for sure.

READ OR SKIP #6

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Let’s try again 8 titles today. And again, I’m super grateful for your input.

19) A History of the World in 100 Objects

  • “Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them.”
    Sounds like a great way of revisiting History.
    READ

20) How to Travel with a Salmon

  • Eco’s essays are fantastic!
  • BUT I’m wandering if they would be too much like in Chronicles of a Liquid Society, even possibly some essays exactly the same. The titles of the essays look different, but the content may be the same.
    READ?

21) How Proust Can Change Your Life

  • I love Proust and read the whole of In Search of Lost Time, so I thought it might be a good way of revisiting it.
  • BUT: what book is that really? Is that really literary criticism? Or too much on the light side, closer to self-help.
    READ?

22) The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee

  • Not sure why, but I’ve always been fascinated by John Dee and would like to read a biography.
  • BUT is it the best biography on him??
    READ

23) The Paris Enigma

  • Another Paris World Fair mystery, I think I’ll pass. I enjoyed this one a lot.
    SKIP

24) Bird Sense

  • As an avid birder, I have lots of books about birds on my TBR, and I can’t read them all. Should I keep this one? I does sound excellent.
    Birders, I need your input!
    READ

25) The Story of English in 100 Words

  • And I have a lot of books on my TBR on the English language!!
  • A reader writes: “Entertaining and light history of the English language in a listicle format.” Is it too light??
    READ

26) 2666

  • Oh, how funny 2666 ends up being #26 here!!
  • It’s a HUGE book, but I have heard so much about Roberto Bolaño, I absolutely want to read it one day!
  • Any shorter book by him you recommend I read?
    READ

Hmm, do you notice a word SKIP shows up only once today!
What do YOU think? Should I also skip 20 and 21? Or any other? If yu had to skip one, which one would it be?

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

 

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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

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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

 

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

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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