Thursday, June 2, 2011
Some Bookish Questions & More About Me!!
The weather has been fantastic this week, and I am now counting the days down until my holidays. It's getting tough to focus and with exams still to go, and a ton of marking still to do, it's hard to want to concentrate on that stuff when the sun is shining and the heat is finally here. I love the rain, but I definitely don't want to see it again for a few days. I really feel sorry for those folks who have it tough right now with all of the flooding and the terrible thunderstorms and tornadoes that have hit so many parts of Canada and the United States. My heart goes out to all of you who are affected!!!
Reading has been going great these past few weeks. I feel rejuvenated and want to get my hands on every book out there. The only problem being that work is getting in the way so I can't read as much as I would like. I've been sent some pretty interesting books too, and I've now got a book going in almost every room in my house and at my trailer. I also have one sitting on my desk at work, but so far have resisted the temptation to touch it as that would be very bad, very very bad. I have to say though, even I am pretty impressed by my willpower.
Question: Do you read book reviews? Whose do you trust? Do they affect your reading habits? Your buying habits?
I do actually read book reviews, but I make it a point of never reading a book review on a book I am going to review. Otherwise, I am happy to read reviews and points of view as I find them fascinating. I love to discuss and debate books, so if someone has a different opinion than mine, I like nothing more than to discuss the why and wherefore of their reasoning and thoughts. Such fun! I have a specialist in literature, so I really enjoy analyzing books in all contexts, although I really have to watch when I am writing reviews that I don't go too literary. I would love to have a feature on my blog where I take a text from a novel and analyze it; I just don't have the time right now to do it. Later, perhaps.
Reading book reviews doesn't usually affect my reading habits as I usually tend to prefer making my own judgments on what I read. It will stop me from buying a book once in a while, and borrow from the library first however. But I was never one to run out and buy just any book anyway as I was a selective buyer and always made use of the library. If I hadn't, I would never have been able to buy my house. Buying books = no money. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and there will always be books that other people like that I don't and vice versa. The Twilight saga is a perfect example of this; while I didn't mind the first book in the series, I am definitely not a big fan of the other books in this series, while others simply feel they are their all-time favourite books. I would never read them again and would never purchase them and am glad I borrowed them from the library. There are some authors however, I will buy no matter what, like Jean Auel. And there are some reviewers whom I love to read their blog posts and highly respect their opinion.
On to another weekend, and hopefully a sunny one. My children are off because of a PA Day and I am incredibly jealous and will probably grumble tomorrow morning when everyone gets to sleep in and I have to haul my tired carcass out of bed at 5:30, otherwise known as "o-dark and ugly". Grumble, grumble!!