Late last year I decided to participate in a reading challenge (2007 TBR) that I found at Joy Weese Moll’s blog, Wanderings of an online librarian. I generally don’t do these sorts of things but when I had looked back over 2006 at the hundreds of article I had read I found that I had read something like 13 books. My post linked above lists the books that I chose as possibilities. Maybe I didn’t follow the rules exactly (Yay me!) and I don’t care as I read more than 3x as many books as I did last year; although I also read far fewer articles.
So how did I do? Of my “(probable) definites” I read 3 and most of a 4th, and of my “possibilities” I read half of 1. Perhaps not so good, all in all. But I do not care. I read far more books and I found new interests. And all of the books that I did not get to are still on my to be read list.
The numbers seem to come out at 33 books read, 3 of those read a 2nd time, and 9 books and one online proceedings mostly read.
I’m thinking that I won’t undertake any such challenge for 2008 as I will be focusing on my CAS paper for the first 4+ months of the year. Towards that endeavor I will be re-reading some of the books from this year. I will certainly try to keep track of what I read next year, but I see no reason to set myself a goal that only causes me frustration and guilt.
In late January of 2007 I wrote a post that listed some of the things I had read that weekend, “Things read this weekend.” With that post a habit was about to be born. I know that some of you would rather I didn’t write these “Some things read …” posts, but I have gotten enough positive comments and discussion generated from them that I will probably continue for a while.
The 1st full “Some things read this week …” post came for the week 29 Jan – 3 Feb where I discussed the possibility of continuing the practice while knowing that some things of merit would get missed.
It was quite a year of reading.
Books read in 2007
Dates are the dates I read the book.
very late Dec 06 – 7 Jan 07
The Art of Living : the Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness / by Epictetus (1995), 1st ed. [WorldCat]
Ambient Findability / by Peter Morville. [WorldCat]
- Mentioned as read over break for 590RO. My succinct review, “tripe.”
- A story about how this book itself is not so ambiently findable, which I still find extremely humorous.
14-19 Jan 2007
Humanism and Democratic Criticism / Edward W. Said [WorldCat]
10-12 Feb 2007
Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex / Henricus Cornelius Agrippa ; translated and edited with an introduction by Albert Rabil, Jr. [WorldCat]
12-16 Feb 2007
Silas Marner : the Weaver of Raveloe / by George Eliot, David Carroll and Q. D. Leavis. [WorldCat]
17 Feb 2007
Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel. [WorldCat]
- Yes. I read this one in one day. I did enjoy this although the epilogue (or whatever that thing at the end was supposed to be) really put a massive damper on the story and the “feel” of the story.
Jan – 15 Feb 2007
The Archaeology of Knowledge ; And, The Discourse on Language / by Michel Foucault. [WorldCat]
Discourse – read 14-15 Mar
- The Discourse was much better than Archaeology, which was a real slog.
mid-Jan – 17 Feb 2007
Relationships in the Organization of Knowledge / edited by Carol A. Bean and Rebecca Green. [WorldCat]
- Much of this got re-read (some multiple times)
- discussion for RO re book review project
- Intellectual crushes, Dr. Rebecca Green
- presentation discussion & link
This book was highly productive for, and influential on, me. Highly recommended!
18 Feb 2007
It’s Not Easy Being Green And Other Things to Consider / Jim Henson, the Muppets, and friends ; with drawings by Jim Henson ; edited by Cheryl Henson [WorldCat]
8 Mar – 20 Dec
Break, Blow, Burn / Camille Paglia. [WorldCat]
This book was as hard to slog through as Raber’s The Problem of Information. At least with that book I knew that there was a point. Oh. That sounds wrong. I don’t mean a point in a rational sense. Not sure how to say it.
I read a great review of this book a couple years back and knowing I needed to broaden my extremely limited exposure to poetry I added it to my wishlist. My daughter gave it to me as a present and I finally got to reading it earlier this year.
I think I would have enjoyed it much better if I had just read the poems and ignored all of Paglia’s commentary. Sometimes she had something enlightening to say but often as not she was also condescending to the reader. My main issue with her commentary is that she has serious issues with sex and God. I was amazed yesterday when a poem finally cropped up in which she had nothing to say about God, sex, or even God and sex. I could be wrong but I believe it to be the only one out of 43 to have the honor of not being defiled by often forced references to either. That poem is May Swenson’s ‘At East River.”
Am I now more attuned to poetry than I was before reading this book? Unfortunately, I don’t think so. I am willing to try again, though. As long as Paglia isn’t involved!
18 – 20 Apr
Atheism : a Very Short Introduction / Julian Baggini. [WorldCat]
The Language Machine / by Roy Harris. [WorldCat]
Balanced Libraries : Thoughts on Continuity and Change / Walt Crawford. [WorldCat]
The Language-Makers / Roy Harris. [Re-read 28 Oct – 10 Nov] [WorldCat]
The Successful Academic Librarian : Winning Strategies from Library Leaders / edited by Gwen Meyer Gregory. (most of it anyway) [WorldCat]
4 – 7 Jul
The Semantics of Science / by Roy Harris. [WorldCat]
7 – 12 Jul
The Language Myth / by Roy Harris. [WorldCat]
14 Jul – 15 Dec
Peace is Every Step : the Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life / by Nhat Hanh, Thich [WorldCat]
16 – 19 Jul
First Have Something to Say : Writing for the Library Profession / Walt Crawford. [WorldCat]
? 22 Jul – 25 Aug
The Problem of Information: An Introduction to Information Science / by Douglas Raber. [WorldCat]
- early mini-review
- lots of commentary
- more commentary and See Also for some evidence of the productivity
- even more commentary
Despite my many (and valid) complaints about this book, it was a very productive book for me. If one looks closely at my “Some things read …” posts while and after I read this book you will see a multitude of sources cited by Raber. There are still some I acquired and haven’t read and many more I “need” to acquire.
I really, really wish it was edited better. The topic is so very important. It deserves an excellent book and not one that the reader has to slog through thanks to poor editing and a style that could use a bit of tweaking so that the reader knows which arguments are the author’s and those of others’ which he is presenting for consideration.
19 Aug – 30 Aug
Library Juice Concentrate / edited by Rory Litwin — mostly [WorldCat]
23 Aug – 7 Sep
Definition in Theory and Practice : Language, Lexicography and the Law / Roy Harris and Christopher Hutton. [WorldCat]
Introduction to Integrational Linguistics / by Roy Harris. [WorldCat]
The Language Connection : Philosophy and Linguistics / by Roy Harris [Re-read 10-20 Nov] [WorldCat]
21 Sep – 19 Dec
Integrational Linguistics: a First Reader / Edited by Roy Harris and George Wolf. [WorldCat]
Contains many highly interesting chapters. Divided into 6 parts: Language and Communication, Language and the Language Myth, Language and Meaning, Language and Discourse, Language and Writing, and Language and Society.
Synonymy and Linguistic Analysis / Roy Harris. [WorldCat]
28 Sep – 5 Oct
Words : an Integrational Approach / Hayley G. Davis. [WorldCat]
The Interface Between the Written and the Oral / Jack Goody. [WorldCat]
Redefining Linguistics / Edited by Hayley G. Davis and Talbot J. Taylor. [WorldCat]
28 Oct – 10 Nov
Harris, The Language Makers [Re-read, see 26-30 May]
5 – 12 nov
Introduction to Integrational Linguistics / Roy Harris. [Re-read. See 17-21 Sep]
10 – 20 Nov
The Language Connection : Philosophy and Linguistics / by Roy Harris [Re-read]
15 – 28 Nov
Crossing the Postmodern Divide / Albert Borgmann [WorldCat]
This book has done a lot to change my views on postmodernism. I still do not like the word at all, but this book contains some good ideas on how to overcome the postmodern condition, how to move forward positively as a society as we recover from the failures of the modern project.
20 – 24 Nov
Language, Saussure and Wittgenstein : How to Play Games with Words / Roy Harris. [WorldCat]
Despite the differences between Saussure’s and Wittgenstein’s later thoughts on language they are remarkably similar. In this book, Harris explicates the games analogy that both used.
24 – 27 Nov
Understanding Computers and Cognition : a New Foundation for Design / Terry Winograd, Fernando Flores. [WorldCat]
A very interesting book that is frequently recommended by Hjørland in his writings.
9 – 13 Dec
The Foundations of Linguistic Theory : Selected Writings of Roy Harris / Edited by Nigel Love. [WorldCat]
I had read a few of these pieces before as a couple are excerpts from other things, but many of them were new. All in all, I found this to be an excellent volume and overview of Harris’ thought.
18 Feb – [mid May] present
Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things : What Categories Reveal about the Mind / George Lakoff. – not finished [WorldCat]
about 2/3rds of the way through it, but no progress since mid-May
19 Mar – 7 May
The Semantics of Relationships : an Interdisciplinary Perspective / edited by Rebecca Green, Carol A. Bean, Sung Hyon Myaeng. – not finished [WorldCat]
2/3rds through; read all of Part I and III, III left.
5 – ? Jun (most of this proceedings, online)
- NASKO 2007 post (one of)
Re-read several chapters (about half) of Svenonius early in the year.
24 – 25 Feb
The Power to Name: Locating the Limits of Subject Representation in Libraries / Hope Olsen. [WorldCat]
I had to give this up because the methodology is reprehensible. I have long had a draft post on this book and several of Olsen’s articles waiting to be finished but more important issues are and have been attracting my attention.
McIlwaine, I. C., ed. Subject retrieval in a networked environment : Proceedings of the IFLA Satellite Meeting held in Dublin, OH 14-16 August 2001 and sponsored by the IFLA Classification and Indexing Section, the IFLA Information Technology Section and OCLC. München: K. G. Saur. 122-128. [WorldCat]
Much of it.
23 Aug – 26 Oct
Python Programming : an Introduction to Computer Science / John M. Zelle. [WorldCat]
Read 12 out of 13 chapters in this book.
Computers Ltd. : What Computers Still Can’t Do / David Harel. [WorldCat]
Read almost 2/3rds of this.
27 Sep, 13 – 20 Nov
Information Seeking and Subject Representation : An Activity-Theoretical Approach to Information Science / Hjørland, Birger.
Halfway through it; need to get back to it soon.
13 – 29 Dec
Toolan, Michael J. 1996. Total Speech: An Integrational Linguistic Approach to Language. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press.
Halfway through it; my currently most active book.
Author-Date Bibliography [COinS data]
Agrippa von Nettesheim, Heinrich Cornelius, and Albert Rabil. 1996. Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Baggini, Julian. 2003. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bean, Carol A., and Rebecca Green, eds. 2001. Relationships in the Organization of Knowledge. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Borgmann, Albert. 1992. Crossing the Postmodern Divide. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Crawford, Walt. 2003. First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession. Chicago: American Library Association.
———. 2007. Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.
Davis, Hayley G. 2001. Words: An Integrational Approach. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon.
Davis, Hayley, and Talbot J. Taylor, eds. 1990. Redefining Linguistics. London: Routledge.
Eliot, George, and David Carroll. 2003. Silas Marner : the Weaver of Raveloe. London; New York: Penguin Books.
Epictetus., and Sharon Lebell. 1995. The Art of Living : the Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco.
Foucault, Michel, and Michel Foucault. 1972. The Archaeology of Knowledge ; and, The Discourse on Language. New York: Pantheon Books.
Goody, Jack. 1987. The Interface Between the Written and the Oral. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Green, Rebecca, Carol A Bean, and Sung Hyon Myaeng, eds. 2002. The Semantics of Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Gregory, Gwen Meyer, ed. 2005. The Successful Academic Librarian: Winning Strategies from Library Leaders. Medford, N.J: Information Today, Inc.
Harel, David. 2000. Computers Ltd.: What They Really Can’t Do. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Harris, Roy. 1973. Synonymy and Linguistic Analysis. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
———. 1980. The Language-Makers. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
———. 1981. The Language Myth. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
———. 1987. The Language Machine. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press.
———. 1988. Language, Saussure and Wittgenstein: How to Play Games with Words. London: Routledge.
———. 1990. The Foundations of Linguistic Theory: Selected Writings of Roy Harris. Ed. Nigel Love. London: Routledge.
———. 1996. The Language Connection: Philosophy and Linguistics. Bristol, U.K: Thoemmes Press.
———. 1998. Introduction to Integrational Linguistics. Kidlington, Oxford, UK: Pergamon.
———. 2005. The Semantics of Science. London: Continuum.
Harris, Roy, and Christopher Hutton. 2007. Definition in Theory and Practice: Language, Lexicography and the Law. London: Continuum.
Harris, Roy, and George Wolf, eds. 1998. Integrational Linguistics: A First Reader. Kidlington, Oxford, UK: Pergamon.
Henson, Jim. 2005. It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider. New York: Hyperion.
Hjørland, Birger. 1997. Information Seeking and Subject Representation: An Activity-Theoretical Approach to Information Science. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.
Lakoff, George. 1987. Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Litwin, Rory, ed. 2006. Library Juice Concentrate. Duluth, Minn: Library Juice Press.
Martel, Yann. 2001. Life of Pi: A Novel. New York: Harcourt.
McIlwaine, Ia, ed. 2003. Subject Retrieval in a Networked Environment: Proceedings of the IFLA Satellite Meeting Held in Dublin, OH, 14-16 August 2001 and Sponsored by the IFLA Classification and Indexing Section, the IFLA Information Technology Section and OCLC. München: K.G. Saur.
Morville, Peter. 2005. Ambient Findability. Sebastopol, Calif: O’Reilly.
Nhat Hanh, Thich. 1991. Peace is Every Step : the Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. New York N.Y.: Bantam Books.
Olson, Hope A. 2002. The Power to Name: Locating the Limits of Subject Representation in Libraries. Dordrecht [The Netherlands]: Kluwer Academic.
Paglia, Camille. 2006. Break, Blow, Burn. New York: Vintage Books.
Raber, Douglas. 2003. The Problem of Information: An Introduction to Information Science. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press.
Said, Edward W. 2004. Humanism and Democratic Criticism. New York: Columbia University Press.
Svenonius, Elaine. 2000. The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization. Ed. W.Y. Arms. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Toolan, Michael J. 1996. Total Speech: An Integrational Linguistic Approach to Language. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press.
Winograd, Terry, and Fernando Flores. 1987. Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley.
Zelle, John M. 2004. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science. Wilsonville, Or: Franklin, Beedle.