My Challenges (timed)

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Completed 8 of 9

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Completed 2 of 3

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Completed 2 of 4

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Completed 71 of 81

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Completed 9 of 10

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Completed 34 of 50

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Completed 1 of 2

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Completed 1 of 2

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Completed 1 of 5

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Completed 3 of 5

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Completed 5 of 100

My Challenges (perpetual)

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New York Times Book Review: 6/40
New Yorker: 0/36
New York Review of Books: 0/20
Vogue: 1/16
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Weekly Geeks #12 - Catch Up on Reviews

This week Dewey wants us to focus on book reviews. Here's our mission:

1. In your blog, list any books you’ve read but haven’t reviewed yet. If you’re all caught up on reviews, maybe you could try this with whatever book(s) you finish this week.

2. Ask your readers to ask you questions about any of the books they want. In your comments, not in their blogs. Most likely, people who will ask you questions will be people who have read one of the books or know something about it because they want to read it.

3. Later, take whichever questions you like from your comments and use them in a post about each book. I’ll probably turn mine into a sort of interview-review. Link to each blogger next to that blogger’s question(s).

4. Visit other Weekly Geeks and ask them some questions!

Starting at the beginning: caught up on reviews, HAHAHA, I wish! Anyone who looks at my blog and compares the list of books completed to the book review posts will notice a major discrepancy. I'm so, so bad about getting reviews written. So this WG is actually a great thing for me. Here's my list of books read (recently) but not yet reviewed:

Black Dogs

Brideshead Revisited

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

The Fate of the English Country House


The Great Gatsby

How to Be Idle

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Please, please leave comments with your questions -- that will help me focus and get those reviews done!


Chris said...

At the end of The Great Gatsby, what were your feelings towards Gatsby? What about Nick? Did your feelings change throughout the book?

Bibliolatrist said...

In honor of the film version of BRIDESHEAD, which should be out soon: if you were to cast the film version, who would you put in the leads and why?

tinylittlelibrarian said...

I've always meant to read Brideshead but can't seem to commit to it because it seems so "classicy" - would you recommend it?

I daydream about living in an English country house - were you interested in learning about their fate? That is, was it both an entertaining and informative book?

Care said...

Thx for the reminder of How to Be Idle! (I want to read this) What prompted you to read this? Do you consider yourself someone who can enjoy being idle? Have you read or do you now want to read Bertrand Russell's In Praise of Idleness?

and I LOVEd biblioatrist's Q.

Joy Renee said...

I'm interested in the technique and art of storytelling itself so anything along that line would interest me. My questions are for any or all of the fiction titles in your list:

How was Point-of-View handled? Was there a single POV character or did it alternate among two or more. Was it always clear whose eyes and mind were filtering?

How was language used to set tone and mood?

Was the prose dense or spare? Were sentences generally simple or complex?

How was metaphor used? Were associations fresh or did they tend toward cliche? Did they add to your understanding of the theme?

What was the central or organizing theme?

How does the title relate to the story? Was it fitting?
BTW I'm hosting a book giveaway this week. Four copies of Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Four chances to enter until Saturday 3PM PST.

Stephanie said...

So many good books!! I'm a huge David Sedaris fan. Have you read any of his other books? Or any of his sister Amy's books? (She cracks me up!)

I'm just now reading Bill Bryson. Did you like The Short History of Nearly Everything? Is it what you expected it to be? Did you Learn anything??