The Best Laid Plans
I try to keep to a Monday–Friday posting schedule and for a time had been doing well with that, even if some posts were post-dated or pre-written to achieve that schedule. The past few weeks my life off-line has been Very hectic and I have just not had the time and intellectual energy to update regularly.
While the off-line crisis has not passed, I have found a bit of a extended time to get back to blogging about books and will try to keep up with posting each weekday going forward and as time permits, filling in the missed days with back-dated posts. There will be lots of book reviews and new and interesting titles, so please check back frequently.
Today I decided to share with you a few of the books that did not make the cut. Each title pictured represents a book I checked out and brought home, but decided Not to read and blog about. How To Catch A Fairies is a delicately illustrated compendium of myths surrounding various types of fairies. The title certainly caught my eye but I am busy finishing Untapped–The Scramble For Africa’s Oil and am about 150 pages into Rhett Butler’s People and just am not going to get to this one.
I brought home How to Change Anybody but did not read it when my spouse helpfully pointed out I am already very good an manipulation and need no further training in that direction.
The Afterword caught my attention while shelving in Adult Fiction because it is such an oddly tiny hardcover book. It is also a short and very odd little novel by Mike Bryan that takes the form of an "Afterword" and appendix written by the author of a mega-best selling novel that explains his process of writing the novel. It hooked me for about 50 Pages before I lost interest and could not continue.
Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press sparked an information revolution by making books widely avaialable as they previously had never been. This biography caught my eye while shelving but I will not get around to reading it I’m afraid.
At Large and At Small is a book of "familiar essays" by Anne Fadiman. I honestly can’t recall why I picked it up and didn’t read a single word of it.
And finally, the novel The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon caught my eye for it’s striking cover which is designed to look like an antique photo pasted to an old, leather bound book. As with the essays, I never cracked it at all. As always, the book covers are linked to Worldcat, which will guide you to getting a copy from your library if any of these catch your eye or strike your fancy.
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