Category: Discussions

Taking on Chunkster Books

Posted February 13, 2013 in Discussions / 28 Comments
Taking on Chunkster Books

I started reading Les Miserables about a week ago, and tackling this nearly-1500-page tome got me thinking about chunkster books: how to classify them and methods of reading them. What is a chunkster book? According to the rules for the Chunkster Reading Challenge, books over 450 pages are considered “chunksters.” I’m not sure this is the standard I would use, as most of the books I read fall in the 250 to 400-page range; 450 pages is a bit on […]

Musing Mondays: Skipping Ahead

Posted November 19, 2012 in Discussions / 16 Comments
Musing Mondays: Skipping Ahead

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. This week’s prompt asks readers to muse upon the question, “Do you read the ending before you start a book? Do you ever skip ahead to read the ending?” I never read the ending before I start a book or skip ahead to the end while reading the book. I’m actually really careful to make sure I don’t glimpse the final words by some accident. Although most books don’t […]

A Few Words on Voting

Posted November 6, 2012 in Discussions / 4 Comments

I am currently reading Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club for the Devourer of Books Book Club, and while reading it today I came across a very timely quote by Will’s mother Mary Anne Schwalbe from their discussion of Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience: “It’s just fascinating to see how much work — how much organizing and planning — went into the suffrage movement. I think too many young women take that for granted, and […]

Musing Mondays: Book Series

Posted October 8, 2012 in Discussions / 11 Comments
Musing Mondays: Book Series

For this week’s Musing Monday, the folks over at Should be Reading ask bloggers to consider the question: “Do you have a favorite series? Do you have a favorite book out of that series?” As an adult (it feels really weird to call myself that), I really don’t read series. I primarily read series when I was a kid; Babysitter’s Club, Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley, Saddle Club, anyone? During my teenage years, I read the Artemis Fowl and Alex Rider […]

On “DNF”ing

Posted September 6, 2012 in Discussions / 24 Comments
On “DNF”ing

Guys, I did it. The unthinkable. I Did Not Finish a book — The Picture of Dorian Gray, to be specific.  I never do this; I usually see each book I read through to the end, regardless of how terrible it is. In fact, I sometimes read books I’m not enjoying faster than books I do like; I blitzed through Zadie Smith’s On Beauty in about three days thinking that the quicker I read it, the sooner I could move on to […]

Musing Monday: Weird Books

Posted August 27, 2012 in Discussions / 15 Comments
Musing Monday: Weird Books

This week MizB asks bloggers to muse upon the question: What is the weirdest/strangest/craziest book you’ve ever read? This is might be a tad unoriginal, but my “weird book” pick is a Murakami novel. Don’t get me wrong, I really like his books. Mostly. Norwegian Wood is one of my favorites, Kafka on the Shore is intriguing, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is meandering and slightly baffling. But the book that screams “weirdest” at me is A Wild Sheep Chase. Let me share the back […]

Happiness Lies in the Little Things

Posted May 29, 2012 in Discussions, Quotes / 6 Comments

“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains — a cup of hot strong coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone — just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.” I finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith the other […]

Reading Multiple Books: A Delicate Balance

Posted March 22, 2012 in Discussions / 13 Comments
Reading Multiple Books: A Delicate Balance

Jillian wrote a really interesting post yesterday about feeling overwhelmed by her TBR list. I can definitely empathize with what she said about the feeling of obligation to read a certain book at a certain time making her not want to read that book. Reading is something we do for enjoyment, but feeling as if we should read a particular book turns reading into an obligation — and there is nothing fun about doing something you feel obligated to do. Our […]

Shelve Your Enthusiasm

Posted March 20, 2012 in Discussions / 2 Comments
Shelve Your Enthusiasm

In my last post, I wrote about my love for bookshelves. My bookshelf is my favorite thing about my bedroom; it provides a place where my beloved tomes can live together in well organized harmony. I think bookshelves are great because the titles they hold say a lot about us. What I didn’t talk about in that post, however, was what the actual shelves may say about us. Sure, your standard rectangular wooden bookcase doesn’t say a whole lot about […]

Case Studies: On Bookshelf Organization

Posted March 16, 2012 in Discussions / 6 Comments
Case Studies: On Bookshelf Organization

Case studies, book cases… see what I did there?! Oh dear, please ignore me. This habit for puns is getting out of control. I love bookshelves. I’m not talking about beautifully designed bookshelves that spark admiration and conversation (although I love those, too), but just having a bookshelf. I think a person’s bookshelves say a lot about her, and I love being able to display the books I’ve read and plan to read. It feels so autobiographical: here’s where I’ve […]