Figured while I was away, this would be a good opportunity to catch up on my book reviews. I have a feeling my current book is going to take me awhile (in a good way), so I might finally not be so behind.
... and as you can see, the next book is Nick Hornby's Housekeeping vs. The Dirt... and honestly, I am going to have a hard time coming up with something to say about it... or should I say something "new" about it.
Earlier this year, I read Hornby's The Polysyllabic Spree which was a collection of his monthly columns originally published in the literary magazine, Believer... and this is just Volume 2 of that series.
So it's more of the same... Hornby writing about reading. Each month's column starts with a list of "books bought" and "books read"... and more often than not, the two lists do not match up very well... a phenomenon any chronic book buyer (like myself!) can relate to.
At least in this collection, I had read more of the same books that Hornby did... like I mentioned, in my Spree recap it is not required that you know the books that Hornby is writing about... but it is kind of fun when you do (or have). I also had my first disappointment in that Hornby bought a book that I had read (The Tender Bar), but never got around to reading it. It would have been cool to hear what he thought about that book... again it's just typical book-aholic behavior ... after all, I am reading a book right now that was sitting on my shelf for over two years!
As with Spree, it is an extremely quick ... in readability and the slimness of the book. Despite being a successful author, Hornby is no book snob... here is some advice he offers up in the preface:
If reading books is to survive as a leisure activity -- and there are some statistics which show that this is by no means assured -- then we have to promote the joys of reading rather than the (dubious) benefits. I would never attempt to dissuade anyone from reading a book. But please, if you are reading a book that's killing you, put it down and read something else, just as you would reach for the remote if you weren't enjoying a TV program. Your failure to enjoy a highly rated novel doesn't mean you're dim... It doesn't matter. All I know is that you can get very little from a book that is making you weep with the effort of reading it. You won't remember it, and you'll learn nothing from it, and you'll be less likely to choose a book over Big Brother next time you have a choice.
Some good advice... and I know that starting in July, I'll be picking up a book but only after I have finished watching Big Brother!
2007 10K Reading Challenge: + 143 pages (Total Pages: 5537 pages)