Yesterday I was in the library for twenty minutes and left with 9 books. I even know how it happened. First, I was just going to pick up a book in the 003’s (Systems) and the 004’s (Data Processing and Computer Science), so I did – easily grabbing just the one book which stood out to me in each section. Then I thought, surely my blog readers would like to hear a little about why I picked the books I did and it should be easy enough to write about the very few other books available. Read more »
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Current Fiction Readings
I found the most awesome website this week, called lendle.me, which allows kindle users to lend each other books! Courtesy of some other very nice “lendlers” (as the site calls us), I was able to read both Catching Fire and Mockingjay this week, finishing the Hunger Games trilogy. I was planning on waiting for my monthly free book which I can borrow as a member of amazon prime, so I was thrilled to be able to read them sooner! I’ve even been putting off starting other fiction books so I wouldn’t interrupt my involvement in the series. Yes, I was that drawn into it. Read more »
Section two is a very meta section, containing only books about books. I expected this section to be horribly dry to get through, with many books of books reviews and recommendations. But I was pleasantly surprised to find many interesting books about the history of books and the value of reading. In fact, I hadn’t looked very far before one book in particular caught my eye: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession. How fun! A true story about a crime of passion – a passion for books. I have high hopes for this one!
Bookends is going to be a segment of this blog at the end of every week, where I’ll write a little about books other than those I’m reading for the project. This will include books in a number not chosen, books I’ve already read for a given number and fiction books I’m currently reading. I also feel I should preface this post with the disclaimer that I really am under 25 years old and that the use of words like “hokum” and “humbug” will probably be unusual in this blog, although they do both appear in this post! Oh, another disclaimer… At the end of every post, there will be a summary of the book reviews in the post, in case you don’t want to read my ramblings to get them 🙂 Read more »
I’ve been thinking about starting some sort of fun challenge for a while now, since the necessary parts of my life seem to be under control (for the moment, at least!). Then at the library last night I realized that I was checking out all non-fiction books, which is pretty unusual for me. Perhaps less strange lately, when I’ve been getting my fiction-fix on my kindle, but still odd. I also think its really worth while to know a little bit about a lot of topics, just to broaden the way we think. So, for both of these reasons, I am starting yet another challenge-based website (although I don’t promise there won’t be the occasional off-topic post just for fun). So…the challenge. I will be doing a Dewey Decimal challenge, but instead of reading by decade (which is already being done at this blog) I will be reading one book for each number between 1 and 999. I actually discovered the first Doing Dewey project when trying to use their url. So much for originality, right? However, I plan on making the project my own. As well as reading a book for each number, I’ll also be adding activities for some of the books I read, including the obvious ones like crafts and cooking but perhaps also visiting museums or traveling for other sections. So, welcome to the Dewey Decimal Project! We could be here a while, so feel free to stick around 🙂