Goodreads Book Tag

Found at my friend’s blog, The Itinerant Librarian.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ? 

• Bee Wilson, Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat

Actually it wasn’t, but I have been reading so many books that finding a time when something in here is not already outdated is tough. So I am “freezing time: for the moment. 

I really liked this book but I wish it were a bit more “narrative”–not fully pedagocical but a bit more structured. But it is an exemplar of current popular science, no doubt.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

As of this writing, I was reading the following: 

  • Bill Crowley, Renewing Professional Librarianship: A Fundamental Rethinking
  • Peter Levine, Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body
  • Elaine Aron, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
  • Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By (Reading together)
  • Michael Twitty, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
  • Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
  • Tristan Gooley, The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills
  • Benjamin Bergen, What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves
  • Barnes & Ambaum, Unshelved (Unshelved, #1)
  • Kissell, Take Control of Getting Started with Devonthink 2
  • Carlson, Take Control of Your Digital Photos

Clearly, some of these are currently being read less than others.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS TBR?

As of this writing, it was Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

I cannot remotely know that at this point. I could easily tell you a list of 12 or more that I would love to be able to say are next. But that’s dreaming.

But …. After reading Bagge’s biography of her, I really want to dig into Zora Neale Hurston’s Of Mules and Men, which I own and have already pulled off the shelf to have near at hand. I also have a book of collected short stories of hers, with one that Bagge mentioned in the notes I am dying to read. But I own those and there are library books–both multiple books and multiple libraries–that take precedence in one strong sense over books I own.

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

I do. I also use a star rating for my reviews here on the blog. They should match as I am pulling the stars for here from what I gave in Goodreads. But if I write a “big” review of a book for the blog then it is the canonical review. I may copy it into Goodreads, or I may not, but I do put the link to the blog post into Goodreads.

ARE YOU DOING A 2018 READING CHALLENGE?

I am doing the Goodreads reading challenge for 2018.

My 2018 Goodreads Challenge badge showing 283 of 90 read

Here are my 2018 challenge goals to myself as from my 2018 Books and Reading Goals post:

“My overall book goal is 90 books for 2018. I have a list of potential books-to-be-read divided into categories but decided not to post it or hew to it either.

My main goal is to read more translations; total 12. Maybe without the goal of reviewing them too I can actually get close to 10-15% of the total being translations.

I think that is pretty much it. I will track a few categories and such but if I fail to do a good job then I intend and hope not to pressure myself into going back and getting the data straight. If I end up with a raw number of books read of 90 or more, of which 12 or more are translations then I will be satisfied with my 2018 reading goals (based on this criteria). The end of the year may well bear different criteria.”

[As of 13 October, I have read 15 translations and over 280 books! I consider my challenges met, although the percentage of translations is lower than I wanted; but I also didn’t think I’d be at >300% of my main goal in early October!]

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

I do. However, there isn’t that much of current desire on it and I’m not sure why some were put on. I have also weeded it pretty heavily, as one must.

I just realized. I took this to be a wishlist, like an Amazon one, or like the paper versions I handed to my relatives when I was a kid. Perhaps it’s meant to imply more like a list of to be read books. But Goodreads has that as a basic feature so …. Nothing says one can’t use an Amazon wishlist simply as a list of books to be read by borrowing from a library or such but then there are better tools for that; Goodreads, a library catalog itself (although CAVEATS), Zotero, and so on.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

I cannot remotely know that at this point.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES? 

Yes, quite a few favorites but am too lazy to retrieve/recall anything at this point.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Richard Stivers, Gail Carriger, George Eliot, Bill Watterson, Wilkie Collins, …

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

I have, but I do not participate. I joined the Goodreads Librarians Group simply so I could catalog books not in the system. Once in a while I correct things too. But I do no “group stuff,” no social, in it.

Reading One to Ten (meme)

Cribbed from Angel at The Itinerant Librarian.

1 The book I am currently reading. Like Angel, I usually have more than one book going. I am currently reading the following: The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore; Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces; Hermann Melville’s Billy Budd and other stories; and about a half dozen others that I have been stopped on for a while now.

2 The last book I finished. Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire. Last night. My comments are here.

3 The next book I want to read. Again, ditto Angel, “there are all sorts of books I want to read next.” There are two books from the Library Thing Early Reviewer Program that need to be read so that I can write reviews: Delavier’s Stretching Anatomy and Gerhard Klosch’s Sleeping Better Together. I will probably take the stretching book with me on our trip to DC to visit family for Christmas. Then there are the books on my Two-Thirds Book Challenge list: Transformations (poems) by Anne Sexton is near the top of the list due to my Grimm’s Fairytales class starting in early January. Not on that list but recently purchased is Voltaire’s A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary, which I’d like to read prior to Enlightenment Lit in the Spring term. I could go on and on here but I’ll stop. My goodread’s to read shelf would give you a small inkling of possibilities.

4 The last book I bought. On the 10th I bought Voltaire’s A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary (Oxford World’s Classic ed) in a Kindle ed. and I ordered a used copy of Tzvetan Todorov’s A Defence of the Enlightenment from England via abebooks. I have been wanting that book for quite a while now and it is already out of print. I foresee wanting/needing it for Enlightenment Lit for whatever paper topic I choose. I adore Todorov even though I don’t always agree with him. And Voltaire is simply delectable!

5 The last book I was given. Not counting Library Thing Early Reviewer books or books weeded from the collection at BCU, it appears the last book I was given was a copy of Jeni Bauer’s Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams by my daughter for Father’s Day. Eat Jeni’s ice cream! Support Jeni’s! Buy this book and make your own Jeni’s! Did I mention you should eat Jeni’s ice cream? It is beyond awesome!

6 The last book I borrowed from the library. Public: Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Traveled, which I did not finish but put on my wish list. University: Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer’s Selected Poems, and Truth Barriers.

8 The last translated book you read. Lysistrata, and the Tranströmers just before that, in November.

9 The book at the top of my Christmas list. Like Angel, the list is not exactly specific to one title but the short list I culled from my Amazon wish list for the more immediate family included: Barbara McAfee’s Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence (seen in GradHacker); James Attlee’s Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight; Sarah Bakewell’s How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer; Douglas Thomas’ A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change; Gloria Ambrosia’s The Complete Muffin Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide To Making Great Muffins; Borges’ Selected Non-Fictions; Tolkien on Fairy-Stories; Mircea Eliade’s Myths, Dreams and Mysteries. These are all titles both Sara and I would like to read. If I were compiling that list today instead of just a couple of weeks ago it might be quite different as we both have added several (or more) titles to our wish lists. ::sigh::

10 The so-far unpublished book I am most looking forward to reading. Normally, I rarely know about books before they are published unless Amazon manages to send me a timely pre-order email. But. Kickstarter! We helped fund a book on Kickstarter recently so we are looking forward to Kio Stark’s, Don’t Go Back to School: A handbook for learning anything.

You are sexually powerful

Uh, not you. Me. Or maybe you but you have to take the scientific test to find out.

Found at the Academic Librarian, of all places, because even ALs need to have a little fun.


You Are Sexually Powerful


Your attitude toward sex is healthy, safe, and sane.

You enjoy sex as much as (or possibly even more than) the average person.

You’re open minded, intelligent, and adventurous when exploring your sexuality.

And while you never take things too far, you take them far enough!

 

No comment on whether or not this one is accurate.

But for those who may not get the results they desire I’ll just say that life can change one in the most intriguing ways. Youth is not necessarily all that it is cracked up to be.

Kookie

Actually, during the last 2 years of high school my nickname (given to me by others) was Cookie Monster.

Found at The Itinerant Librarian.

You’re sweet (but not too sweet) and you fill other people’s lives with tasty bits of awesomeness. You’re no perfectionist – in fact, you’re a bit disorganized – but your friends find your easygoing personality irresistible. You’re so popular and loveable that even when you’re having a bad day, people still like having you around.

This is kind of funny because it is representative of me in some ways, but also wrong in so many others. Perhaps this misperception is what led to last week’s weirdness. 😉

And where the heck are the walnuts on top of that cookie?

Surprising?

Via jennimi

I’m a Mandarin!

You’re an intellectual, and you’ve worked hard to get where you are now. You’re a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world’s problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you’re determined to try.

Talent: 26%
Lifer: 41%
Mandarin: 74%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

Very Rare, indeed


Your Personality is Very Rare (INTP)


Your personality type is goofy, imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant.
Only about 4% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 6% of all menYou are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving.

How Rare Is Your Personality?

Blame or credit for this one goes to Jennifer.

Hard to trust a 12-question personality test, but I think this is my “normal” Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Not that I need a quiz or test to tell me that I’m an oddball.

Of course, if I could let the goofy relaxed guy out a bit more often I could cement that view in other minds, too. 🙂

P.S. I only like my steak somewhat rare, too.

as ranger said, “duh huh, seriously”

Found at in the hoosegow back in early April

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Your Result: Literature Nerd

 

 

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it’s eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today’s society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It’s okay. I understand.

Social Nerd

 

 

Science/Math Nerd

 

 

Gamer/Computer Nerd

 

 

Drama Nerd

 

 

Anime Nerd

 

 

Musician

 

 

Artistic Nerd

 

 

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

Not sure what’s up with the red bars which should be in the boxes … nor do they really match up cause social nerd should only be about 3/4s across and the rest correspondingly less so. The last 2 were blank, though.

Which book am I?


You’re The Sound and the Fury!

by William Faulkner

Strong-willed but deeply confused, you are trying to come to grips with a major crisis in your life. You can see many different perspectives on the issue, but you’re mostly overwhelmed with despair at what you’ve lost. People often have a hard time understanding you, but they have some vague sense that you must be brilliant anyway. Ultimately, you signify nothing.


Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Whoa, Nelly! Finally a quiz that gets it right; well, descriptively anyway. Seeing as I haven’t read it I can’t say regarding the work itself.

People often have a hard time understanding you, but they have some vague sense that you must be brilliant anyway. Ultimately, you signify nothing. 😉

Found at Life as I Know It, who found it at John Miedema, who gets to be Siddhartha. Chilling out under a tree and believing in ferries. Now that is the life. Seeing as this is the only one of these three books that I’ve read I get those references.

Well, if I had only known … this explains everything & the dang monkey even looks like me

 

Your Score: Loser- INTP

33% Extraversion, 66% Intuition, 66% Thinking, 40% Judging

Talked to another human being lately? I’m serious. You value knowledge above ALL else. You love new ideas, and become very excited over abstractions and theories. The fact that nobody else cares still hasn’t become apparent to you…

Nerd’s a great word to describe you, and I seriously couldn’t care less about the different definitions of the word and why you’re actually more of a geek than a nerd. Don’t pretend you weren’t thinking that. You want every single miniscule fact and theory to be presented correctly.

Critical? Sarcastic? Cynical? Pessimistic? Just a few words to describe you when you’re at your very best…*cough* Sorry, I mean worst. Picking up the dudes or dudettes isn’t something you find easy, but don’t worry too much about it. You can blame it on your personality type now.

On top of all this, you’re shy. Nice one, wench. No wonder you’re on OKCupid!
Now, quickly go and delete everything about “theoretical questions” from your profile page. As long as nobody tries to start a conversation with you, just MAYBE you’ll now have a chance of picking up a date. But don’t get your hopes up.

I am interested though. If a tree fell over in a forest, would it really make a sound?

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If you want to learn more about your personality type in a slightly less negative way, check out this.

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The other personality types are as follows…

LonerIntroverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

PushoverIntroverted Sensing Feeling Judging

CriminalIntroverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

BorefestIntroverted Sensing Thinking Judging

Almost PerfectIntroverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

FreakIntroverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging

CrackpotIntroverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

ClownExtraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

SapExtraverted Sensing Feeling Judging

CommanderExtraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

Do GooderExtraverted Sensing Thinking Judging

ScumbagExtraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

BusybodyExtraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging

PrickExtraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving

DictatorExtraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

Link: The Brutally Honest Personality Test written by UltimateMaster on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Found at my friends blog, Widening Circles. And, Jenn, I’d much rather be a Freak than a Loser. I’m so glad neither one of us believes any of this tripe. ;)But it really fits my mood lately. 🙁

I am a semicolon

 

Your Score: Semicolon

You scored 30% Sociability and 64% Sophistication!

Congratulations! You are the semicolon! You are the highest expression of punctuation; no one has more of a right to be proud. In the hands of a master, you will purr, sneering at commas, dismissing periods as beneath your contempt. You separate and connect at the same time, and no one does it better. The novice will find you difficult to come to terms with, but you need no one. You are secure in your elegance, knowing that you, and only you, have the power to mark the skill or incompetence of the craftsman.

You have no natural enemies; all fear you.

And never, NEVER let anyone tell you that you cannot appear in dialogue!

Link: The Which Punctuation Mark Are You Test written by Gazda on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test