"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." (Francis Bacon)

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Books I Won't Read

This post intrigued me: "Ten Books We'd Probably Never Read," over on The Broke and Bookish.

So, here are 10 books I haven't read and have no plans to ever read, in no particular order.

  1. Fifty Shades of Grey. It's fine that there are people who love it, but it's not for me, and not just because of the subject. I've read that it's poorly written, too. Not something I plan to spend time on when there are plenty of other books to read, including plenty of erotic ones. 
  2. Gone with the Wind. Yeah, I know. It's a classic. But I never did read it and I think the ship has sailed on this one for me.
  3. The Vampire Lestat and other books by Anne Rice. I had the series for years before I decided to take a look at them. I can usually get hooked on a book that interests me by skimming it. It didn't work for me with these.
  4. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I barely heard of them when I was growing up, preferring science fiction to fantasy. Now that I've seen the movies, unlike with "Game of Thrones" that led me to devour "The Song of Ice and Fire" books, I have no interest in Tolkien's books. The movies were fine.
  5. Harry Potter series. What I said about Tolkien's books above applies to these, too. Watching the movies was sufficient.
  6. Outlander series. I watched the first half of the first season of the series but lost interest after the second half of the season started. Which tells me I probably shouldn't bother with the books.
  7. Anything by Joyce Carol Oates. I tried one of her books, didn't get past page 2. So boring.
  8. Anything by Hemingway. I had to read one of his books in high school. I got up to page 7 or 8 before I quit and faked my way through the classwork.
  9. The Great Gatsby. Yeah, another classic. People love it. It never interested me, and it was never assigned in my classes, so I lucked out. 
  10. Vanity Fair. This classic was assigned in other classes, but not in mine. I always meant to read it on my own, the way I did with so many classics, but in the past, many decades, I've never gotten around to it. I think this is another case of too late.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Reading List

Well, I read one of these 16 Books to Read and Love Forever. And I want to read at least 3 or 4 of the others. So that's good, right? For the record, the one I read is The House of Sand and Fog.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Deal Makers

The Broke and the Bookish asked what books are deal makers. Aside from reviews in Publishers Weekly or Entertainment Weekly that make a book sound intriguing, I'm a sucker by books by an author I already like. I'm also intrigued by historical fiction, especially historical mysteries set in places and/or time periods I don't know much about. Science fiction is pretty much a guarantee I'll be interested, but if a book also has an alternate reality or time travel element, I usually can't buy it fast enough. I'm also a sucker for dysfunctional or emotionally damaged protagonists.

So, what are your bookish weaknesses?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Polish Officer

TITLE: The Polish Officer
AUTHOR: Alan Furst

By now it should be no secret that Alan Furst is one of my favorite authors. I'm just past halfway through his published books so far, and he keeps writing new ones, so at this rate, I might never get past halfway.

The officer of the title is Alexander de Milja, a cartographer in the Polish military who is recruited into the underground when Poland falls to Hitler's troops. His first assignment is to transport the gold of Poland's treasurey on the first segment of its trip out of the country. Other missions follow, in Paris and elsewhere in occupied France, and in Ukraine and Polish border towns after the Germans invade the Soviet Union.

Furst paints a vivid portrait of life under occupation in the various locales, as well as detailing aspects of spying as part of an underground resistance. As in his other books, his characters, everyday people who rise to the occasion, come to life and his prose give the "you are there" quality that make his writing so addictive. Somehow, a series of missions add up to a chilling, thrilling whole.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Bookish Memes and Things

Reading's been slow this winter. One would think a winter when I spend so much time indoors due to frigid temps and lots of snow would translate to lots of reading, but I've mostly played online, and taken care of little projects, including my Library Thing library.

I just found this book meme: Top Ten Tuesday. I might try doing this if only to have something to post here between reviews. I do miss doing my Booked by 3 meme, but I ran out of ideas after a while. Memes are like that; easier to let other folks come up with the questions. ;)