Monday, December 8, 2008

Book Freaks

Rich found a great new site for me called Shelfari, which I have added to the blog.   List the books you have read, those you are reading now, those you want to read, add reviews, answer questions, join a group.  Like I really needed something else on the internet to occupy my time.  Of course, I have gone crazy trying to add some of the books I've read.   There's a "read 50 books in a year" challenge and the even more daunting "read 100 books in a year" challenge.   Maybe the 50 books will be one of my New Year's resolutions.  I love to read.  On the other hand, I could probably get more books read if I didn't spend so much time on the internet.  Maybe instead of going to Shelfari and adding books to my list and reading reviews of books and trying to figure out what I want to read next, I should just read.   

What are you reading?

10 comments:

Alaska Steve said...

Ooooh, Shelfari - I wish I had never seen that, that looks like fun! I wish I could read more, I love reading and I have a big stash of unread books built up since I moved out here (I read less but seem to buy books at the same rate - hmmmm). I just finished Merle's Door and loved it.

Suzassippi said...

Richard Wright's "Native Son." Just before that, I finished Sutton Griggs' "Imperium in Imporia" which is a must read! It was written in 1899 and is the amazing story of a parallel African American government in the South--it is unbelievable to have been written during that time.

Gigi said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Steve and Susan. I have way too many books waiting to be read. I keep Barnes and Noble online in business. I agree, though, there's not enough time to read all that I would like.

Steve, there is a monthly book club here if you (and your wife) should ever be interested. It's usually all women, though. We had one guy last year but he didn't come all that often. :)

Alaska Steve said...

Book Club! I'd love it! E-mail me the details at stevet@alyeskaseafoods.com !

Bubbe said...

This is the time of year I'm swamped with books from school. I'm teaching Nothing But the Truth by Avi to my regular 7th graders, A Christmas Carol (Dickens) to Pre-AP, and Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury) to Gifted. I practically know all of them by heart as I've taught them so many times, but they're all great books. Fahrenheit is one of my favorites. On a personal note, I recently finished The Zookeeper's Wife, and I bought another book, but I can't remember the title. OH, and one of my students convinced me to read The Shack, but it was probably one of the worst books I've ever read. Well, the story has some sweet moments, but it is so poorly written, I had a hard time getting into the content. Book Club just read 117 Days Adrift, and it was ok, but not something that thrilled me- nonfiction-about a couple whose boat sinks and they have to fend for themselves until they're rescued..too much killing and eating sea turtles for me. Nobody should eat sea turtles. Of course, I guess I'd starve...

Gigi said...

Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books. I have been wanting to read The Zookeeper's Wife also. You know I love nonfiction but that 117 Days does not sound like anything I would enjoy.

Steve, the book club info is on my old computer and we are printing photos from it right now so I will email you later or tomorrow.

Betty said...

Yes, I finally joined Shelfari but haven't done anything with it yet. I loved Merle's Door too. Right now, I'm book-less - will go crazy if I don't find anything soon.

Betty said...

I read the Zookeeper's Wife and th ought that it was interesting and informative about life in Warsaw during the 40s. Sorry but I can't get into the Book Thief.

Bubbe said...

Oh, I loved The Book Thief! I do get depressed reading Holocaust books, but since I've taught it for so many years, I've tried to keep up with books that are relevant. Still, the best one out there is Night by Elie Wiesel. It's also the most heart wrenching and difficult to teach to eighth graders. They really get into the story, but many of them have nightmares (so do I), so I often wonder if they're a little too young to handle such stuff. It's part of our curriculum in 8th grade along with Anne Frank and some choice books. The kids definitely gain a good understanding of what 6 million Jews went through along with 5 million others. We had a great discussion about Fahrenheit today as we just finished it. I love to see those light bulbs go on...:)

Gigi said...

I can't believe you couldn't get into The Book Thief, Mom! I just loved that one. I think it's one of my all time favorites.