IAR vs TBR
The other element that intrigues me as I write this is HOW you read, not CAN you read but the process you use to read a book. It has come to my attention that there are a dozen different ways to read and I want to know how you do it.
Me first. In the last week I have picked up a dozen or so books.
From the library: Great Figures of Mythology which I perused, enjoyed and ordered from Amazon, thinking I could use it to fill in that huge gap in my education. Jewels of the Tsars (no surprise there) which I read carefully, loved and plan to buy eventually. I happened across these in the “Q” section where I went to find the Oxford Companion to Food which I hoped to use for research. I looked at the index and went no further than that.
Second Hand Bookstore: Our Lady of the Lost and Found which was recommended by several friends from church. Loved the title and have read a few pages and might go back to it eventually, but the opening was not as intriguing as the title.
Purchased: Remember Me? Sophie Kinsella’s latest. I enjoy her work though I have never found one I liked better than the Confessions of a Shopaholic. The first chapter of COS – the arrival and opening of her credit card bill – is one of my all time favorite bits of chic lit. The cover of Remember Me? is a great escape from the generally nasty March weather. I read the first few pages, thought the set-up was a little slow but will get back to it after this pesky April 15th deadline for my next book.
Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb. My brother nags me about this book all the time. He thinks it and Taleb’s Black Swan are must reads. That works only if you love non-fiction. I don’t at least not when I am looking for an escape which is generally what reading is for me. Still the concept is fascinating. The back cover says “Fooled by Randmness is an irreverent….exploration of one of the least understood forces in all of our lives” aka luck. You could not prove this by me as I am not beyond the intro. But it is still on my IAR pile.
What Jesus Meant by Gary Wells. I love this book even though it is taking me months to read it (and it’s only 142 pages long.) The author has the most unique, and for me, honest assessment of Jesus that I have read in a long time. For example: He asks if we really do aspire to do what Jesus did (as in What Would Jesus Do): “Would we praise a twelve-year-old who ran away from his parents in a big city without telling them he is staying behind.” “If we would could cast out devils would we sent thme intoa herd of pigs destroying two thousand animals"([and someone’s livelihood) . This book is on target in terms of tradition but unique in his interpretation of the New Testament. Will definitely read every word and look for his other books.
Strangers in Death by JD Robb. I am a huge Robb fan. Cannot get enough of Eve Dallas and Roarke and the people that complicate their lives. I swear I know these people better than I know my neighbors. I inhaled this in three days and it only took that long because of that pesky April 15 deadline.
Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade. This book explores the history of humanity. One of my other brothers recommended it when I expressed surprise that the story of man begins about 5 million years ago when “ape-like creatures at the head of the human line of descent split from those at the head of the chimpanzee line of descent.” That long ago? Really? (Apparently another big gap in my education) The book looks good but I have not moved beyond the cover flap and general discussion of it with my brother. Once again I run into the "dislike of non-fiction factor."
The Little Ice Age by Brian Fagan. I really wanted to do a piece on the Little Ice Age (1300 to 1850) for today’s blog but science is the biggest gap of all in my education and whenever I approach it I am intimidated. Despite the fact that this book is also non-fiction I have read most of it, and am fascinated. If you are interested and willing to accept a complete novice approach I will write about it next time…fascinating study on that now familiar theme of how weather influences history.
So often I tell people that “I don’t read much.” That is not true at all. You would think I’d know myself better than that. I may not read WHOLE books but based on the above one week’s worth of books considered, read, rejected and saved, I read more than I thought I did.
What is interesting is that while none of the above are actual research they have added interesting elements to my WIP ( the one with the pesky April 15 deadline.)
How about you? Tell us what you have read in the last week or month. How do you decide what to read. And how do you read?