Library books are Expected to wear out

Often the best buy in a used book is one that was well-loved and thoroughly used as library stock. I've been known to marvel at who else might have enjoyed the book before me. Library books are never sold with margin notes so I don't get that insight, but still.... https://bookriot.com/2019/11/14/life-cycle-of-a-library-book/ The Life Cycle of … Continue reading Library books are Expected to wear out

Another flood of books just came off hold from the library

I've had a flood of books come off the hold list at the NY Public Library. My default borrowing period is three weeks. That would be more than enough if I was reading a single book but the library has just given me SEVEN (plus an extra)!! I put items on the hold list for … Continue reading Another flood of books just came off hold from the library

Not all books lend themselves to audio

My personal opinion is that two recent notable books are simply not meant to be listened to: Richard Powers' "The Overstory" and "Circe" by Madeline Miller. Audible's rating for the these two narrated versions is quite high. For the former, I had a problem with the switch back and forth between stories which was not … Continue reading Not all books lend themselves to audio

Amazon needs to pay some attention to GoodReads

Altho one can differ on details of the changes to GoodReads suggested in this article, there's absolutely no doubt that GoodReads needs an update and expansion. I'm generally pretty patient with sloppy software but trying to anything beyond adding and rating a book is downright painful. Amazon bought it because it would bring people to … Continue reading Amazon needs to pay some attention to GoodReads

Don’t ignore audiobooks as part of your reading (or re-reading)

Listening to a book by an excellent narrator adds many layers to the joy of great writing, great plotting, great characters or (sometimes) all three. If you drive, audiobooks can save your sanity. Here's a fuller explication of how audiobooks can improve your life. https://bookriot.com/2019/11/07/rereading-books-on-audio/? THE JOYS OF REREADING BOOKS ON AUDIO LAURA SACKTON11-07-19 When … Continue reading Don’t ignore audiobooks as part of your reading (or re-reading)

Fine interview of Ta-Nehisi Coates, well-known author of commentary, about his first novel

Just got this novel out of the library. Coates is a very thoughtful writer about our times and the important issues that deserve consideration. This blog entry on the Audible site is excellent background about his first novel. https://www.audible.com/blog/arts-culture/tanehisi-coates-water-dancer-big-splash/? Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'The Water Dancer' Makes A Big Splash Abby West interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates By Abby West Oct … Continue reading Fine interview of Ta-Nehisi Coates, well-known author of commentary, about his first novel

If you had to choose a single book to represent each country…

Before GoodReads, there was LibraryThing where I recorded several thousand books I’ve read over my life including the countries of origin. At the time I thought I was well-read, but my inability to read in any languages but English and (sometimes) French limited me fat more than I was willing to acknowledge. People living in … Continue reading If you had to choose a single book to represent each country…