NonFiction Book Club So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson Buy book: $13.32
Nelson--editor, reporter, reviewer, mother, daughter, wife, and compulsive reader--set out to chronicle a year's worth of reading. Throughout, "So Many Books, So Little Time" is pure delight--a work at once funny, wise, and rueful: enough to make a passionate reader out of anybody.
Sara, the author, has grabbed my attention from the first line. She writes as if corresponding top a dear friend whom she does not get to speak with on a regular basis. The author is funny, curious, and honest. I like her style and would like to read this book!
This book sounds like me. I wasn't interested in books when I was younger, but now I can't get enough. I always have about 4 going at a time. A book on cassette when I'm on my treadmill, a book on CD in the truck, a book by the bed and a book in the bathroom (sorry about that). Besides newspapers and magazines, I have a pretty full reading day.
I wish that I had a cherrywood bookshelf room like the author has! It sounds so pretty. I like to collect books too. I have a couple of books signed and dedicated to me by a children's author in England. The bad thing about books is that they eventually go out of print, so you feel forced to buy them while you can and that can be expensive. So, it becomes like an addictive habit with my feeling safe if I know that I own the book, even if it does go out of print!! I buy books at a great price from Edward R. Hamilton. Does anyone else know a way to get good buys on books?
This chapter caught my attention almost from line one, and the cherry library shelves filled with books chinched it. I don't have a great deal of time to read for pleasure because I am an English teacher in a college, but I have always loved to read and look forward to the time when more of my reading time can be spent on choice reading rather than required reading. I have read most of my life. I remember when I was a child, my mother would send me to my room during the summer to make my bed, and there bside the bed would be the book I had been reading the night before and possibly before I got up that morning. I couldn't resist the urge to pick it up just to read a page of two. Some time later, my mother would come to my room, and there I would be still reading and lying across my unmade bed!! I'm sure she got exasperated with me but I could never resist a book. I read all kinds but particularly enjoy a mystery or a biography. How I would love to have that room filled with book-filled cherry shelves, a very comfy chair to curl up in, and a fireplace to snap and crackle as I get lost in another world through the pages of a book. There is nothing like reading to transport me to another world. Imagination created through the words of an author is a wonderful thing. I have a feeling you know what I mean.
I couldn't tell from the first installment whether this one will hold my interest. The next installment will probably be critical.
I was a little put-off by a tinge of a cutesy, pollyanna tone. I'm drawn more to off-beat books with a hint of resigned pessimism (I feel so much better since I gave up hope--that sort of thing). I am definitely not a reader of Reader's Digest, ray of sunshine books.
I've been intrigued by this book ever since it came out but not quite enough to find it at the library or book store so I'm glad to be trying ot out here. Are alot of you thinking what I'm thinking ? ...."Darn! I should have written that!" LOL. I too am a bookaholic and usually read what comes out to about a book a week although I have about 4-5 going at any one time. I've given up alot of my vices but books are one addiction I don't EVER want to get over :)
Well, they're not cherry, but my husband built two floor to ceiling bookshelves for me and painted them white to match the woodwork. And I love mine, too! I've gone through various phases of being a compulsive reader and not being one, depending on how the rest of my life is going.
I'm in agreement with audiobooks, either CD or cassette, and reading a couple other books at the same time.
Your bookshelves sound great-I would take white ones if given the oportunity. I, also, love the audio books. I listen while driving, especially on a long trip--renting them is great. I always have several books going at the same time even though it does take me FOREVER to finish any of them. Retirement is down the road--more time to read, read, read.
i've got several problems with this writer. she says she's going to stop talking about herself, but she never does. she remarks that Oscar Levant "misses the point," but she is actually the one missing the point, because missing the point was the whole "point" of the joke--that's why it's funny. then she insults her reader's intelligence by telling them that she's making a pun! i don't know about you, but i usually recognize a pun when i see one. maybe she's targeting a less savvy audience (like kindergarteners). i'm amazed she has the audacity to write, much less to aspire to a dialogue on important books.
Does anyone EVER get published who is not an acquaintance or relative of some previously well known person/s? I have read some horrid books written by well-known persons or persons with connections. Content does not seem to matter...contacts matter!! Again proving it's not what you know....
Bonnie, I'm responding to your comment because you seem to be the only one commenting on this book who isn't sold on it (other than me). I keep thinking I'm going to give this book another try, but it continues to amaze me with its complete lack of anything original to say. It's still about the author, not about books. She doesn't even attempt to make it appear otherwise. So far she hasn't made one substantive comment about any book. She just mentions them, as though she's name-dropping. Did she really say, "duh"?????? I can't believe who gets published, and I agree with you that it must be because she knows someone.
From the comments that "she sounds just like me", I'm assuming the appeal is just that. Unfortunately, it sounds just like me too, and I can't write worth a damn. With not enough time to find and read really great books, reading one that sounds like I wrote it is not high on my list of priorities. I'm with you.
I can really relate to this book, it sounds like me. I like the author's writing style. I will be getting this one. I was thinking about reading this one before as well as Book Lust by Nancy Pearl which seems similar, if you love books.
There seems to be some confusion here. This one never purported to be a "book about books" per se, but rather a reader's personal experience, so I did not expect it to be other than that. Perhaps that is why I can enjoy it for what it is and not make it into something I want it to be. As for being a Pollyanna, yes, that is so, but isn't that as much a part of humanity as is the Pessimist?
So – Sara Nelson, a supposedly sophisticated writer and soi-dissant champion of readers wants to be sure we don’t confuse her with a “Marian the Librarian” type? She should be so lucky. Real book lovers admire and even envy librarians. Obviously, the rest of her book will be burdened with similar clichés and childish hackneyed observations. Include me out of this one. t
So Many Books - so read what you like, not what someone else likes!
January 9 2004, 11:29 AM
I dove into this book with high expectations, because the title was intriguing - I say this all the time. But what I have found is that I am not the least bit interested in someone else's reading repertoire. This book is boring. I'm moving on to a "real" book.
I, too found this to be a little too fluffy for my taste- but in the same way that I'll read banal magazines when waiting in line at the grocery store, I would probably read this if I had nothing else available.
I do have to say: I was extrememly offended by the librarian comment. Not only are we information professionals with advanced degrees, we are usually avid and thoughtful readers. It is often overlooked that librarians play a huge role in defending freedom and access to information.