Goodreads update.

Merry Christmas!

So, on October 6, I noted that there were 89 books on my Goodreads To-Read shelf. I checked today and if you don’t count the ones I’ve added since October 6, I’ve managed to knock 17 books off the list. Now, I have also added 20 books to the list, so there are now 96 books on the list. But the challenge was to read those 89 books by next October 6. It could happen!

Note to Nancy Pearl

Dear Ms. Pearl,

I love you. I really do. I have read all the Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason books, including Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers and Book Crush: For Kids and Teens – Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Interest. And I just finishedNow Read This III: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction (Genreflecting Advisory Series). I love the way you write, especially the way you write about books.

Here’s what I don’t love. I don’t love that you misuse the word “myriad” in almost everyone of your books. “Myriad” is an adverb. As in, “There are myriad ways to use this word correctly.” It is not a noun. It doesn’t work to say, “There are a myriad of books on this subject.” That is like saying, “There are a nicely of books.” It’s. Not. A. Noun.

This is just a pet peeve of mine and I hope it won’t ruin our friendship. Thank you very much.


Drood by Dan Simmons

I’m only half way through, but this book is fabulous!

Wilkie Collins is describing Charles Dickens’ last five years during which he was obsessed with Edwin Drood. The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the manuscript Charles Dickens never got to finish. This is a much better way to deal with it than just finishing the manuscript. The story is amazing. I’m having a great time!

Read This Next! by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark

So, I can’t find an Amazon link to this book, but I gotta tell you about it.

It’s so hysterically funny. And it just got funnier and funnier.

It’s a book of suggestions of books to read. It’s mainly aimed at book clubs, but it doesn’t have to be. Each book highlighted has a list of questions for discussion. Some of these are hilarious. Interspersed throughout the book are lists of other books on a similar theme. By the end of the book these lists have devolved into “Books we like” or “Books by people we know.”