Daily Archives: March 30, 2009

Musing Mondays – March 30, 2009


March 30, 2009

I decided to join in the fun over at Rebecca’s blog Just One More Page. Each Monday she poses a question for us to muse over. Today’s question is:

Do you keep track of what and/or how many books you read? How long have you been doing this? What’s your favorite tracking method, and why?If you don’t keep track, why not? (question courtesy of MizB)

Well anyone who has spent more than five minutes on my blog knows the answer to this question. I track all my yearly reads on this page of my blog – and if you click on the link for each year you will see my reading broken down into months where I list each book, its rating, number of pages, what I read it for, when I started it, when I finished it and a link to my review. I also have a separate review page where you can look up every book I’ve read by author with a link to my review of that book

I started seriously tracking my reading in 2007 here on my blog, but before that I used to keep an electronic “diary” of everything I had read in a Word Document. In 2007, I switched that over to a Google Spreadsheet. I also track the new-to-me authors I read every year.

I like the reading journal format on my blog because it is very visual. I should also mention that I print out hard copies of all my journals for each year with copies of my reviews and file them in plastic sleeves in loose leaf binders.

Yes, I know, I am a little obsessive!

Mailbox Monday – March 30, 2009

mailboxmonday It is Monday again and time for Mailbox Mondays – a weekly event hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. To share your book acquisitions this week, visit Marcia’s post for today.

secretkeeper The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris arrived direct from the author. Harris is currently the US Correspondent of the British weekly newspaper The Observer.  Prior to this position, he worked as a journalist reporting from Africa for the Daily Telegraph, the Associated Press and Reuters.  He has covered conflicts and trouble spots all around the world, including Iraq, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.  In 2003 he was embedded with British forces during the invasion of Iraq. Harris brings his experience as a journalist to the pages of his novel which is set in Sierra Leone. The book flap reads: ‘A vivid and haunting debut novel of one man’s serach for the truth in war-torn Sierra Leone, a nation where the rules of civilized society don’t apply.‘ To read more about this book and the author, visit the author’s website. This novel will be released April 2nd through Dutton Adult. TLC Book Tours is also touring the book in May. To see a schedule of that tour, visit their site.

whenskateboardsWhen Skateboards Will Be Free by Said Sayrafiezadeh arrived through a Shelf Awareness offer from A Dial Press (an imprint of Random House). Released earlier this month, this memoir is described as the ‘funny, unsentimental, and heartbreaking‘ story of the author’s life growing up in the Socialist Worker’s Party. The cover flaps reads: ‘Said’s Iranian-born father and American Jewish mother had one thing in common: their unshakable conviction that the workers’ revolution was coming.‘ Visit the author’s website to learn more.

silverswan The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black was a Library Thing Early Reviewer snag. I bought Christine Falls (the prequel to The Silver Swan) some time ago and plan to read that first and then this one as most reviewers have recommended reading these in order. The Silver Swan takes place two years after Christine Falls and continues with the story of a Dublin pathologist Quirke. The back flap reads: ‘With its vivid, intense evocation of 1950s Dublin, and a gripping, irresistible myster, The Silver Swan is even more engrossing than last year’s Christine Falls.‘ Benjamin Black as a fantastic website. You might be more familiar with books he has written under his real name, John Banville.

bluenotebook The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine MD arrived from Spiegel & Grau through a Shelf Awareness offer. This novel is set in rural India and tells the story of Batuk – a precocious fifteen year old girl sold into sexual slavery. The back of the book reads: ‘A haunting yet astonishingly hopeful story of a young Indian prostitute who uses writing and imagination to transcend her reality.‘ Due for release in July, all United States proceeds from the novel will be donated to the International and National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children. This is a cause near and dear to my heart – and one I am happy to support by giving you more information about the book.

What arrived at YOUR house this week?