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Actually it wasn’t, but I have been reading so many books that finding a time when something in here is not already outdated is tough.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.
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.