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So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading

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Nelson--editor, reporter, reviewer, mother, daughter, wife, and compulsive reader--set out to chronicle a year's worth of reading. Throughout, "So ... Show synopsis

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pamela1717
by pamela1717 on Sep 9, 2009

Recently I was watching CSPAN's Book TV (yes, apparently I'm a nerd). I was watching a program with women authors and one of the author's statements (Sara Nelson) really hit home with me about the way I feel about reading and my books. Naturally, I had to procure this particular one as I felt a definite and immediate kinship with Sara. The main reason I liked this book is that now I don't feel so wierd because apparently there are other people out there similar to myself. I have this odd hangup about not reading what is the big "buzz" book of the moment. So does Sara! I feel if I loan a book out, it should be returned, So does Sara!. There are other quirky issues regarding reading that Sara and I both share and several we don't but it's just nice to know that there are other bibliophiles who have their own manias/quirks/oddities/proclivities/etc. Although I don't agree with all her opinions or have the same taste in books, it's still nice to have a kindred spirit out there. Sadly, Sara had joined the ranks of those who have read The House of Mirth and Anna Karenina. She thought herself to be the only one who had made it through college without reading these two particular books but she isn't. I will carry the torch from now on as I've read neither. Sara, I'm sorry you caved. I was so looking forward to forming a club.

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Walk the Plank, Mate

by BookPirate on Nov 15, 2007

This book about a bibliophile?s year among books. Correction: a bibliophile who is married to a Saturday Night Live Producer, doesn?t have to work, and can easily afford to purchase books left and right. Jealous? Sure. On the one hand, Nelson prefers to buy books instead of using a library. There?s no talk of donating money to libraries or other organizations so others less fortunate can enjoy books. The other hand carries the hypocrisy, when Nelson tells her son during the course of the book to be happy for the privileges he has (and then she runs out and purchases more books). It's interesting to read her critique about one author (Mitch Albom, with just cause, in my opinion) and then read her praise another (she loved ?A Million Little Pieces? for its authenticity, but this was before the big Oprah bust) The books reviewed are few and there is little information about the plot, author, publisher ,ect. However, the one good aspect of her book is the fact that she sparked so much emotion and controversy in me. Any book, wonderful or lousy, should at least make the reader react. And she certainly did that. If you're looking for great books about books, the creme de la creme is Nancy Pearl's "Book Lust" and "More Book Lust", followed by "The New Lifetime Reading Plan" by Clifton Fadiman and John Major, and "500 Great Books By Women", edited by Erica Bauermeister. *

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