Wednesday, September 19, 2007

So Many Books....

Ok so i have finished the second book in the Something About Me Challenge I am participating in. It is called So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson.


With so many books in the world I feel like I could have done without this one. Although, the explanation for that may be that I am not really a non-fiction fan. I did feel this book was well written and I did enjoy hearing about some of the books the author read, but I felt the purpose of the book was better figured out on your own than explained. It was interesting to hear about how the books came to be on Sara's list and what she thought of them, and I could easily see how and why lovers of books love this book. There were many people who chose this book for their "Something about me" choice and with this many lovers of books I completely understand. I hope that no one who has picked this book or read it because of their list takes offense to my opinion, this book was just not a good choice for me. I try to broaden my horizons in regards to the types of books I read, but the more I read the more I realize that I read to escape into another world. I prefer when there is a good lesson to be learned, or some hard work to be done by the characters.

There is a part at the end of this book that I will remember for its irony. It took me a long time to read this book because it was a non-fiction. There wasn't something drawing me back to the book to pick it up and read it to the end. I felt a need to finish it for the challenge and so as I drove the the library to return it, I sat in the parking lot rushing to read the last few chapters. Sara was talking about her difficulties in finishing books and how her friends and colleagues were explaining to her that it is acceptable to skip around or not even finish a book. She accepted what they said and felt no need to finish certain books she had started. To me felt I was getting permission from the author herself to shut the book and return it without reading the entire thing. So that is what I did and I feel no regret for doing it.

4 comments:

Becky said...

I didn't enjoy this one either. I also chose it for the Something About Me challenge. I thought it was well...uninteresting...and mostly boring. Reading is fun. Reading about someone else's reading is not so much. It's not like she was really passionate about what she was reading or why. I felt she was very removed, very distant.

sally906 said...

LOL - I did read this one all the way through - but skipped chunks of it. I really liked how you said the author gave you permission to not finish her book :)

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Hmmm...that's 2 people who didn't like this one. Maybe I'll drop it from my enormous list. I also picked Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading but couldn't get past the intro or table of contents. I found her very intimidating.

Madame Rubies said...

I am reading it now and am head-over-heels in love. :) To each their own, right.