What I’m reading

Who’s on Goodreads?  I have an ancient account, but I’ve never been much for keeping it updated.  In theory I love the idea of keeping track of what I’ve been reading, but somehow I never manage to do it.  This year though, I’ve decided to try and keep a running list of things I’ve read.  Hopefully I’ll eventually enter them in Goodreads, but for the time being I’m doing it the old fashioned way and keeping a list in a notebook.  It’s early in the year, so I expect this list to grow quite a bit, but here’s what I have under my belt so far:

Damned, by Chuck Palahniuk: Imagine The Breakfast Club if it were set in hell, with a little smidge of Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret and some gross-out humor, and you have this book.  This is my first foray into Palahniuk’s work, and I suspect it may not be his best effort, but the writing was compelling enough that I’ll probably be picking up some of his other works to give them a try.

The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides: This novel follows three young adults, two of whom are involved in a relationship and a third who has unrequited feelings for the heroine of the story.  It was an entertaining read, although fairly bland.  Eugenides is another author who I picked up for the first time this year, and while I wasn’t blown away by this novel, it was enjoyable enough reading that I plan on reading more of his novels

The Truth About Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children, by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett: I absolutely loved this book, which critically examined popular notions of differences between the sexes, particularly in learning styles.  The authors sift out the pseudo-science from the science in this heavily researched book, writing about the issue with a notably unbiased voice. 

Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi by Anna Hrachovec: It’s hard to say I’ve “read” a knitting book, but I’m including this anyway!  As a knitter, I’m always a little envious of the cute amigurumi crochet designs I see.  Sure, I could just learn to crochet, but for some reason I’m much more fond of knitting.  This book has lots of cute little stuffed creatures to make that can rival the cutest crocheted amigurumi.

That’s my count so far for 2012.  Do you keep a list?  Do you prefer a social list, like Goodreads, or do you jot down titles in a notebook? 

-Irene

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  1. Maria

    I started using Goodreads last summer but I also still keep a notebook that I’ve used since 2004. And re: Jeffrey Eugenides’ latest: I didn’t care for it either, so I just didn’t finish it. His best work was his first, The Virgin Suicides.

  2. Miranda

    I like goodreads, but I have been terrible at remembering to enter books, and when I did remember it seemed it was not always convenient. I have found the goodreads smartphone app to be a great solution — all you have to do is scan the barcode! Of course, that doesn’t work when you’re borrowing ebooks, but at least the phone is more handy than trying to remember to do it while on a computer.

  3. I use GoodReads occasionally, but it isn’t at the top of my list. I haven’t found any great book discussions there. I record my list of books read on the right side of my blog. I’m reading Dead End in Norvelt at the moment! I had CLP’s page open while watching the Youth Media Awards webcast, and requested it as soon as the Newbery winner was announced.

  4. i love goodreads! i use it all the time! i’d never be able to keep track of what i read otherwise.

  5. I like to browse goodreads, but I don’t have an account. It’s like falling down the rabbit hole. I end up adding SO many books to the TBR list it gets rediculous. Its like the pattern library at ravelry…I just keep clicking. and clicking. I HAVE been inspired to put a list up on my blog, not annotated or anything, but a list. It feels good. I haven’t tracked my reading since the days of elementary school & summer reading contests at the library. fun times.

  6. Rachel

    I have a little-used Goodreads account too, and for the past few months I’ve written about most of the books I’ve read on my blog. But I think I’ve had some list-making addiction for years: I started a word document in 2003 called “All books,” in which I’ve recorded every single book I’ve read, and even reread, since then. (And for a twenty-something-year-old, that’s practically all the “real” books I’ve read in my life.)

  7. I have a Goodreads, and I find I only go back to it when I have read something spectacular that I just have to tell my friends about, or when I am really really bored and have grown tired of other ways to waste my time online. It’s a fun site, but it doesn’t lend itself to much other than getting stuck clicking from book to book à la Wikipedia. I’ve been reading a lot of sociology-adjacent books lately, and your review has me interested to read The Truth About Boys and Girls

  8. I don’t use Goodreads, but I do use Shelfari.com which sounds like it is Amazon’s equivalent. So far this year, I’ve read “The Watcher” by John Brinling, “The Way to Timbuktu” by Pat Ryan (my brother), two brief ebooks on Marketing and Publishing with Smashwords, and “Mistborn: The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson. All good reads (no pun intended).

  9. I’m on Goodreads because I have trouble remembering what I’ve read and what I want to read, and I get good recommendations from reading my friend’s reviews.

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