At the beginning of the year, I set a goal of reading/reviewing about 150 books- about 3 per week. I'm running only slightly behind that pace, but I didn't aniticipate being named the Library Director either.
I'm skimming a lot more books to make selection decisions, but I'm not reading quite as many as I intended to be able to do full reviews. I'm also finding I'm not willing to invest a lot of time in a book that doesn't grab me either in the first 50 or so pages, or by the end of the first hour of audio.
This recent quarter I decided to slow the brain pace a bit and dive into a pile of 'cozies' that had been accumulating over the past two years. I'm glad I did. I found some gems for our library, found some new series to follow, and also found that while I can enjoy some of this lighter reading, I cannot take a full diet of it. So I'll be sprinkling some throughout my reading from now on.
There's been a great upsurge of interest in e-books and e-readers here in town, and in September I attended a great full day workshop sponsored by the wonderful supportive team at the Maine State Library: E-Books and the Library.
We had a chance to play with the toys, we heard from very dynamic speakers from around the country, and we heard from our peers how they were using, buying, lending, and loading up the e-readers for their patrons. It was an eye-opening day for our staff, and one that has given us lots of new items on our 'to-do' list.
So here's the recap of Tutu's reading from July-September
40 Books completed:
- 17 print
- 10 ebooks
- 13 audio
- 1 short story collection
- 18 cozies/mysteries
- 3 memoir
- 4 cookbooks
- 1 graphic format - history
- The Beautiful One has Come
- Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore
So what's on tap for the last quarter?
- I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
There's a partially read fon-fiction I hope to complete on the Nook:
- Absolute Monarchs - A History of the Papacy
- A Trick of Light by Louise Penny
- Turning the Tide: How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic
- The God of Small Things by Arandhati Roy and
- Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga --both for my Book club.
So stay tuned, Tutu's going on a short road trip to Western Maine late this month, and will be reading all the while. I might not make the 150 benchmark, but I'm having a good time on the way to wherever I land.