Some of my favourite bloggers are doing the Reading Down the House, thanks to Dar suggesting it at An Exacting Life (and her latest update here). Fiona at Declutter is also on board, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few others. The idea is to set a shortlist of books already owned to get read this year!
I bowed out of the challenge, as I only have two french books in my home I’ve not read, and… I’m not game to stumble through them!
However, I thought I’d let you know about my library list, and which books I’ve read (or did not read!)
Over the holidays, I took out four book:
Screw Business as Usual, Richard Branson
This book I read all the way through, but my overall impression was that it was disjointed. The book seems to flit all over the place, talking about Branson’s companies’ initiatives, but also other great companies out there, looking at HIV health and the environment and and and. I think Branson has done well from his previous books, and perhaps thought this book would maintain the momentum, although he does seem genuinely engaged in making the most of his fortune to help others. His view is that business needs to be involved in solving the world’s issues, and with innovation and well thought out plans, it can be win win. I do encourage this point of view, I just wish the book had flowed a little better.
1000 years of annoying the French, Stephen Clarke
This book arrived at my library with in the Large Text format designed for those with impaired sight. The size of the weighty tome intimidated me (which is why Richard skipped the queue). I did about 80 pages into, but I was still in the days where the French were in England, and the English in France, and everything was still counties or provenances, which is a little tricky to my modern geographic knowledge. I think I should probably have skipped along to the last 100 years or so, but when I realised my three weeks was up on the loan, I was pretty sure I was unlikely to get through it with a renewal. I called it a day only part way through. (I thank Mochimac at SaveSpendSplurge for the recommendation)
Filthy Lucre Joseph Heath
I think both Dar and Fiona have read this book, but sadly, it just went over my head. I liked the premise of the book, but when I started reading it, I found it hard to keep going. I got bogged down in incentives!? I think I get even less pages through this than 1000 years AND I’d already renewed it once already.
Nope, no time to waste on books that don’t draw me in (I like to blame the writer, rather than my feeble inattentive shrinking brain!)
The Street Sweeper Elliot Perlman
On Sunday, I decided to start the last of my book pile, having grown bored with the above two. Well, did I make a good dent in one day reading this book. I took to the balcony (with the overpowering smell of Bokashi compost juice I added to water for my ailing lemon tree that I got for my housewarming). Even with the smell, the breeze kept me there, and I finally got to where the characters start to converge into one story. I don’t like to guess where stories are going, but I hope they touch a little more on the WWII references, as much as I know they’ll continue with the Civil Rights movement and oppression of African Americans.
There you go – after a long time since my last book review Tuesday, there’s a snappy round up (ok 1 round up and 3 partial round ups!) of the books I’m working through on my library list. Only 19 more to go (and 84 previous loans, which goes back to Jan 2012).