Read or skip #11

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-or-skip 10

I’ll keep 46, 53, 55, 58, 61, and 146
I’ll Skip: 44, 48, and 82

READ OR SKIP #11

#readorskip

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143) Kinder Than Solitude

  • It seems an interesting mystery
  • BUT why is the average rating so low?
    READ?

144) Death at la Fenice

  • Friends of mine love this series to pieces, but I keep hesitating diving into it, and I am not sure why.
  • Anyone here to convince me to do it?
    SKIP?

145) Infinite Jest

  • Supposed to be really good
  • BUT it’s huge. Is it worth it?
    READ?

146) Peace Like a River

  • Supposedly very good too
  • BUT there’s an aspect of romance. Dos it have a lot of place in the book??
    SKIP?

147) The Memory of Old Jack

  • I love Berry’s style
  • BUT I read Hannah Coulter many years ago. Are they connected, will I be lost?
    READ?

148) The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri

  • Presented as “Metaphysical literary suspense”, which sounds totally intriguing
  • BUT why is the average rating so low?
    READ?

149) What Strange Creatures

  • I have really enjoyed The Broken Teaglass by the same author
  • and feel like I want to read more by her
    READ?

150) The Horse, the Wheel, and Language

  • I’m fascinated by languages, and Indo-European is obviously major
    READ

What do YOU think? Thanks for helping

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

 

Nonfiction November 2018: New on my TBR

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#NonficNov

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As every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.

Here is the topic for week 5:

NEW TO MY TBR

Hosted by Dewing Dewey

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books!
Which ones have made it onto your TBR?
Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

Here are the nonfiction books (19!!) I discovered this month and have added to my TBR, with the name of the blogger I found it in – some may not be participants in Nonfiction November:

Found in 13 book blogs:
– by alphabetical order of the blog name.
If the book was found on that blog, the link goes directly to it.
If the book was found in a comment made by that blogger on my site, the link lands on their homepage.

Bookgirl’s Nightstand:
How to Travel without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America, by  Andrés Neuman

BooksPlease:
Jacob’s Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading, by Susan Hill

Brona’s Books:
Books that Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure, bMichael McGirr

Buried in Print:
Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting and Living with Booksby Michael Dirda

My French Quest: Literary France:
The Making of a Cultureby Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

NancyElin:
Psychanalyse de Victor Hugo, by Baudouin Charles

Reading With Jade: – bravo to her, 3 books from her blog!
Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computerby  Wendell Berry
Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape, by Oliver Tearle
The Joy of Forest Bathing: The Mysterious Japanese Art of Shinrin-Yoku, by Melanie Choukas-Bradley

The Content Reader:
The Uses of Literatureby Italo Calvino

The Emerald City:
A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetryby Gregory Orr

The Great Morrisson Migration:
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by Deborah Blum

The Literary Saloon:
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, by Maya Jasanoff

Typings:
Bookshops: A Reader’s History, by Jorge Carrión
The Courage to Createby Rollo May

What’s Nonfiction?:
The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury, by Sinclair McKay

Found in an ad on my browser:
because of my review of Margalit Fox’s book on Conan Doyle!:
Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals about the Mind, by Margalit Fox

Found in Edelweiss catalogue:
Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos

Found on Book Page:
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live, by Rob Dunn

It was actually a good exercise to keep track of the source. I had started doing this a bit on Goodreads, adding it as a comment, I need to do this more.

Thanks to all my fellow book bloggers who gave me the idea to read the books above listed.

WHAT GREAT NONFICTION BOOK
HAVE YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR?

 

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