Thursday, November 01, 2007

Double BTT

This week's question


What with yesterday being Halloween, and all . . . do you read horror? Stories of things that go bump in the night and keep you from sleeping? I thought about asking you about whether you were participating in NaNoWriMo, but I asked that last year. Although . . . if you want to answer that one, too, please feel free to go ahead and do both, or either, your choice!

Nopey. I did not read any horror stories yesterday... I did, however, finished Stardust by Neil Gaiman yesterday and enjoyed it. As for NaNoWriMo, YES!, I'm participating this year. This will be my FIRST!

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I did not participate in last week's BTT and am now doing it. So here goes...

[October 25, 2007] I would enjoy reading a meme about people’s abandoned books. The books that you start but don’t finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So... what books have you abandoned and why?

For me, it's mostly about the books themselves. I seldom abandon my books but when I do, they're usually not to my taste. Sometimes the blurb can be so interesting but when I started reading the actual thing, it's a whole different story. I have also recently learn something new about the McLuhan test whereby one reads page 69 to get a feel of the book. As a result of that, I tossed one out (Derailed by James Siegel) because it filled me with disgust.

Other books I have abandoned are Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss (I just don't know what to gather from it), Joyce Carol Oates' The Female of the Species (maybe I can't stand the writing style?), The Harmony Silk Factory by Malaysian Tash Aw, and a few others. Other readers may be able to appreciate them though. I have read other works by Oates and they're okay.

Happy BTT, everyone!

Book Quote:


"Book-love, I say again, lasts throughout life, it never flags or fails, but, like Beauty itself, is a joy forever."

— The Anatomy of Bibliomana Vol.II - Holbrook Jackson