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So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading Paperback – October 5, 2004
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
...a fitting conclusion to a work that will make readers run to the shelf to discover which book beckons next. -- Library Journal, starred review, September 15, 2003
A smart, witty, utterly original memoir about how every book we read becomes a part of us. -- Augusten Burroughs
Book clubs...will find this...memoir a handy reading guide, while...book junkies will devour every page. -- St. Petersburg Times, December 2, 2003
This is a wonderful read in itself and an invaluable source of books to be explored. -- Barbara Wyatt, Elle
[Nelson's] passion for the page shines throughout. -- People, November 24, 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As early as the Prologue and the first chapter, so appropriately named, "Great Expectations," as I believe it expressed Sara's intent at the beginning of this reading project, and it expressed the reader's state upon entering her creation; I was completely committed. And I continued to feel great expectations with each chapter that I read. While it did take me 3 days to read the book, longer than it should have, I did take to carrying it everywhere with me in those 3 days, a behavior that is rare for me.
The book describes Sara Nelson's one-year journey to read books of her selection and to write about the experience. But as all of us `read-a-holics' know, the next book we read is always driven by circumstances that we cannot predict. Thus it was for Ms. Nelson as well. She had a well chosen list of books she wanted to read, but ended up reading several that she did not intend to, and not reading some that she did intend to. This process could have been predicted by any well-addicted reader. We all know, that what we want to read next, may not be what we thought we would want to read next, when we started what we are reading now.Read more ›
Nelson attacks her subject with, uh, uninhibited desire. Examining a year of her own reading habits, she unveils the tendencies and quibbles and sparks of heated excitement found between the covers. (Of printed matter, of course--don't let her infatuations confuse you.) The metaphor is appropriate, if you share her love for books. There's the starry-eyed introduction, the clumsy yet heady getting-to-know-you stage, the culminating union of heart and soul. Our mothers tried to warn us, though: "Be careful, I tell ya. Most boys are up to no good." Yeah, and not all books are as wonderful as they appear; not all classics live up to our expectations.
Nelson's unafraid of pointing fingers here. She tells us which ones left her uninvolved and clammy. While dispensing insights into her own roles as wife and mother, she also reveals truths she's discovered through the joys (and travails) of reading. Not all books are for everyone. Not everyone finds a match the first time around. Nelson never loses faith, however, in the idea that reader and book will find each other eventually.
In this search for Mr. Write, Nelson keeps us laughing at her, at ourselves, and the wacky world around us. For the jaded among us, beware...You might find yourself falling in love all over again.
I made it through page 69, and by that time (March 15), the author had given up on reading "Funnymen" and "Miracle at St Anna". So why should I avoid these books? Well, "Funnymen" clashed too much with the solemn atmosphere at the Vermont lodge, and "Miracle at St Anna" "just doesn't work". I could get more information than that just by scanning the Amazon reviews for those books, and I plan to.
I strongly suspect that the only reason this book saw print is due to the author's publishing connections. One of the novels she reads is in the form of a spiral-bound proof lent to her by her sister, who had been using it for review purposes. And then there are asides like, "There's the novel by the writer I knew of only by reputation, until he became my favorite boss".
And no, she doesn't read a book a week for a year. In Appendix B, the author notes:
"So did you make your book-a-week goal? people have been asking me. The real answer: Yes and no. Sometimes I read a book in a day. Some things took a couple of weeks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wrote a review of this for Good Reads. Again this was a book club selection. Had it not been, I would never have read it. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book is the author rambling on about what she reads and what she thinks about reading. It's a lot like reading a bunch of blog posts (except there are no pictures) - the same... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Lisa
Product blub needs to be more specific as to the anture of the book. It is essentially a review and recommendation of books, not really reading themselves. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Gail Plitnik
How luxurious and indulgent...to set yourself the challenge of reading 52 books a year and then write about it. What makes the journey? Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Kiwiflora
I was apprehensive about finally reading this book, to tell you the truth....I'd saved it for several months and kept picking it up and admiring its cutesy title, its cartoonish... Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Debnance at Readerbuzz
Despite her profuse self-obsession; Sarah's approach was quite unique and she certainly resonated with me when it came to the idiosyncrasies associated with the act of choosing &... Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by Lulu
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading, by Sara Nelson, offers the author's personal recollections of reading a book a week for a year. Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by The Literary Lioness
I just finished reading So Many Books, So Little Time--found it by accident but it really intrigued me. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Joan M. Poole
I first read this book a few years ago and found all sorts of suggestions for my next read. Since then, I've dipped back into the book a few times, and each time I find something... Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by CA. reader