youarefree: (misc: wheat field all you can do on this)
I'm having a difficult time using a consistent rating system on Goodreads. I'm torn between two different ways of rating and I keep using them interchangeably and it's bothering me because then certain books have equal ratings that don't really have equal ratings in my mind. I will be less abstract so you can understand. Most of the time, I rate a book by how much I enjoyed reading it. Which seems like a good way to do things, at first glance. But sometimes I read a book which I think is really well-written, but that I don't enjoy as much as, say, a new book in a trashy vampire romance series that I've been following for years. This is mostly for emotional reasons. I know the characters well, and the book is silly and enjoyable even if it's not particularly well-written. But then it really bothers me that beautifully written books have the same rating as this trashy vampire romance simply because they didn't draw as much of an emotional reaction from me. This is all making me wish I could have two different ratings for each book on Goodreads: one for pure enjoyment and one for aesthetic admiration. How annoying.

Anyway, on to some actual book reviews. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. )

Dead and Gone )

Welcome to the Monkey House )

stories.

May. 11th, 2009 08:57 pm
youarefree: (misc: snow tell someone all the truth)
I thought I would have a lot more time to be on the internet when summer break started. I forgot that I rarely feel an inclination to get on the internet when I'm on break. I'm usually far away from my computer reading somewhere comfortable, and it's just not worth the effort, while during the semester I'm always on the computer or at my desk doing scholastic things, and it's nice to take a momentary break and do internet things. So, sorry that I've been a bit absent.

I'm really enjoying Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I keep buying books, though, and now I have this whole library of books that I haven't read. I used to be really good about only buying as many books as I was able to read, but with how much school crimps my reading habits, that plan has gone down the drain. Today I went to Borders and ended up leaving with No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre, The Wall also by Sartre (includes five short stories), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, and Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell. That last one I'm particularly excited about. It includes all three of the Scary Stories books, which kept me awake for weeks in my childhood years. I think I'm going to take a suitcase full of books to Ohio with me, since I won't have a library card.

I unfortunately have nothing else to say. My life is pretty much books at the moment.

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