Mining the Depths

I'll read almost anything and love what captures my imagination. Best of all is responding to books in the larger cultural sense, loving or loathsome. Literature should have a place in the wider world.

 

And I'm another GoodReads refugee. 

If I'm Going to Make a New Year's Challenge

I may be a bit behind the curve. 

 

But nevertheless: one, I want to start posting here, so I get used to it.

 

Two, I think I'm going to commit to reading books I already own.

 

I don't know if that's as difficult a goal for others as it is for me. I'm a book collector as much as I am a reader. And the Friends of the Library host such great sales. I think last time I counted, I have some fifty linear feet of bookshelves in my room, some shelves filled two rows deep. Then there's my Nook, with at least two hundred ebooks. Then, because my brother gave me his old tablet, I also have the Kindle and Kobo apps.

 

I also finally fell into the smartphone bandwagon despite myself and have learned it's yet another reading device! 

 

So anyway, mostly I end up reading library and borrowed books. So this year, I'm going to go to all--well, not all, but a good number of--those poor, ignored books, so hopeful when they were rescued from pulping only to end up alone and dusty.

 

Goal: 

50 total preowned books, 30 physical books, 20 ebooks by the end of 2014

Currently reading

The Well of Ascension
Brandon Sanderson
Progress: 325/781 pages
Steelheart
Brandon Sanderson
Progress: 26 %
Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy
Daniel Abraham, Robert Redick, Saladin Ahmed, K.J. Parker, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, Ysabeau S. Wilce, Ellen Klages, Jonathan Strahan, Jeffrey Ford, Trudi Canavan, Glen Cook, Ellen Kushner, Kate Elliott
Progress: 57/395 pages
Dracula
Leonard Wolf, Bram Stoker
The Guermantes Way
Christopher Prendergast, Mark Treharne, Marcel Proust
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present
Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Phillip Lopate
Mad Ship
Robin Hobb
Pitch Like A Girl: How A Woman Can Be Herself And Still Succeed
Ronna Lichtenberg
A History of Pi
Petr Beckmann
English Creek
Ivan Doig