Adventures in Reading

Bookmooch: Problems in paradise
November 7, 2008, 3:25 pm
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Though I’m an avid supporter of Bookmooch, I’ve run into my first couple of hiccups and I wanted to share: (1) I shipped a package and had it returned as the address was “incorrect,” but I checked and it was the same as the listed shipping information. I contacted the person, but 30 days later they’re now “inactive.” I sent another e-mail and will wait to see what happens. (2) Between my home and a post office in Pittsburgh, a package I was shipping was kind of destroyed. They kindly mailed me a fragment of the packaging material that had my address information with a request form for me to fill out. But considering the state of the packaging, I think it’s so-long F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story collection!


Bookends: Oh the challenges!

I’ve given up on the Newbery Project. I read the first few pages of the Dark Frigate by C.B. Hawes and proceeded to moan and groan. After looking over the Newbery list, as commendable as it may be, I realized there wasn’t really anything that I wanted to read or that I had read and been terribly impressed with. Saying this, I feel like I’m tripping a small child, but I might return to another children’s award reading challenge like the Amelia Bloomer Project.

I would like to thank and congratulate Heather over at BookAddiction for being my first participant of my Bookmooch via Blogging. If you haven’t heard previously, I end my book comments with a conclusion that includes the books I’m adding to Bookmooch. If the book interests you, leave a comment with your Bookmooch username and I’ll reserve the book for you.

I’ve also been finding some discrepancies within my “Year in Review 2008” list, which is a little annoying and goes to show my poor recording skills. (Or just poor recollection: I’ve just spent the last 30-minutes hunting my misplaced copy of Dracula!)

Bookends: Uppity Customers & Conclusions
September 2, 2008, 12:42 pm
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Of all the customers I see on a weekly basis, one of my personal least favorites is the uppity and competitive fiction reader. (This comes in closely with customers requesting the “new S.I.” [1] and expecting me to know immediately what they’re asking for.) I had one the other evening and the gist of the conversation is: “Have you read this? And this? And this? What, no? You suck. Why the hell would they employ you if they could hire me?” While I am a voracious reader and plow through a stack of books that even impresses myself, I sincerely hope that I don’t purposefully make people feel poorly or stupid because they haven’t read the same books or as many. But this customer always comes off as a little rabid and with strange bookstore illusions: that all we do is read fiction and tell customers about it. I wish!

A new feature that has been appearing at the closing of my reviews has been the mention of conclusion. During the year I’ve been Spring Cleaning my book collection by encouraging myself to read books I already own and limiting myself to acquiring books through Bookmooch. At least since the beginning of the summer, as I close the cover of each book I’ve read, I’ve had to make the decision to keep it, give it away/back, or Mooch it. Regardless of my reviewing abilities, my final decision says a great deal on what I thought of a book and I’ve decided to share that decision. Also, I’m going to begin listing the books I’m adding to Bookmooch before I actually add them. So if you see I’m adding something you’re interested in, please comment with your Bookmooch username and I’ll reserve the copy for you. [2]

[1] Apparently Sports Illustrated.

[2] For right now this is limited to other Bookmooch members because (1) I want to encourage the program and (2) I still have a great deal of books I’m interested in Mooching! [3]

[3] Generally, I have no problem Bookmooching between countries/continents.