Sunday, March 26, 2006

A book about books...

The author, an avid book reader, challenged herself to read one book a week for a year; not always an easy task for someone who is a mother and a full-time job-holder. This is a sort of diary of that year. I'm just in January but it is a surprisingly good read. I know it sounds horribly boring; reading about someone who is reading, but I have enjoyed it so far. I can relate to her and her frustrations and experiences. I like that she doesn't think she's a highbrow intellect or literary elitist. So this book sits by my bedside this week, along with squarefoot gardening and mexico guidebooks. I had been in a reading rut, where everything I picked up either irritated or bored me, until I got more interested in nonfiction and realized that I'm just heading into a nonfiction phase. I guess that means I don't need or want to escape the real world as much??

9 comments:

aisy said...

that does sound interesting. i just finished "unless". it wasn't a page turner, but well written. i have struggled lately to find something i'm really in to, so i can relate. i always shy away from non-fiction because i think i won't like it, but then i thoroughly enjoy the genre when i read it. strange...

Dagga said...

I love books about books, I´ve tried keeping a journal of the books I read, it´s fun to go through later.

elisabeth said...

this blog is sort of turning into a record of books for me...it's kind of handy.
i think a lot of the reason i have avoided non-fiction in the past is because of the way some of it is written, i feel like i'm being lectured to. i'm still scarred from being forced to read textbooks i guess. it must be starting to wear off now.

jay said...

i actually have a hard time reading fiction. i um don't know what else to say or why i felt i had to add that. i guess i like to have information. fiction does not always have a lot of good real information. i am trying to finish "here i stand" a life of: martin luther. hard long read but very interesting history.

elisabeth said...

rus is the same with with fiction, unless it's a graphic novel of course.

Dagga said...

the fear of textbooks is the reason I don´t read a lot of non-fiction, I realized it when you said it Liz. Higher education was a disapointment for me, so many interesting things to learn so many boring awful books

phyllis sweetwater said...

just so everyone knows: my fiction book right now is feminist folk tales from around the world (maybe it's not fiction) and my non-fiction book is Daytrips in Rural Ireland. both of which are totally interesting, so maybe i like both. I've seen you jay get into fiction when its a book on cd. I've seen you sitting out in your van because you wouldnt come in until the chapter is over...

jay said...

harry potter is not fiction.

Rus said...

I actually prefer non-fiction graphic novels too