I joined Goodreads.com in March 2009, & I have to say I highly recommend it. Since joining it has been my goal to read more books each year than I did the year before. Last year was 35, with 42 this year I think I really outdid myself.
My top three book recommendations from last year are:
(In no particular order.)
I re-read Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell in 2012, a copy of which has bumped around various bookshelves of mine since the 6th grade. The copy I read was something I picked out of my teacher’s birthday book basket. I had two teachers that year, one of which was actually the principal, Mrs. Bennion, the other was Mrs. Boyer who got married that year. Her maiden name also started with a “B,” although I can’t remember it now. (I apparently just tricked my brain into remembering Mrs. Boyer’s’ maiden name, it was Ms. Bennion. The Principal was actually Mrs. Baldwin, as you can see her name in the picture above. Yeah for tricking my own brain!)
I think we “carved” soap animals that same year & placed them in habitat dioramas we’d made. Mine was supposed to be a seal, but it certainly did not live up to the image I had in my mind. I was so traumatized by my failure to make a true to life soap carving that whenever I smell Dial Spring Water bar soap the image of a malformed seal pops into my mind. I can never buy Dial soap if I expect to shower in peace.
Do you have an e-reader, if so what kind? I have a nook & the books I’ve read on it are mostly those in the public domain. If it’s out of copyright I refuse to pay for an electronic copy of it. I get them from Project Gutenburg or Archive.org both of which have epub format of texts in the public domain. If you like audiobooks, I’m all about Librivox.org, which has volunteers reading public domain texts. You can volunteer to read texts if you’re into that. Librivox is how I “read” Alice In Wonderland & plowed my way through several chapters of Les Miserables, unabridged, which is taking me more than 2 years to read.
Up for vote today: digital or hard copy?
As for e-readers I’m starting to see the convenience, but the romantic in me protests. I’m sure I’ve mentioned Powell’s before, & all of the interesting stories that have happened there here here here & here. That third link includes finding an airline ticket from ten years ago, one of many of the things I’ve found in the various used books at Powell’s, but this time I found two interesting things in a used book off my own shelf. In my paperback copy of the Island of the Blue Dolphins was this faded old laminated picture of my parents. My Dad is wearing THE trendiest black & white polka-dot shirt I think I’ve ever seen & my Mom’s smile reminds me exactly of my own. I have no idea where this picture came from originally or how it ended up in my book, but there it was when I cracked open the first few pages. It was a fairly startling discovery for a couple of reasons. My parents divorced when I was in the 8th grade & my Dad died more than six years ago, so finding a photograph of my parents together always leads to a walk down memory lane, or in this case an uncomfortable tumble into memory lane.
As for my vote for digital or hard copy it’s a tough decision. The convenience & ease of digital vs. the romantic sort of tactile experience & the possibility of the unexpected in the hard copy.
Fortunately it really is not simply a matter of one or the other,
you all have my full permission to simply enjoy your books however you will.