Saturday, 5 December 2009

Weekly Geek – Booking about Books

 

 

 

 

 

This week's post is from Trisha at Eclectic/Eccentric...thanks Trish!


Books take us on journeys, flitting us off to other times, people, and places. From ancient caves to medieval castles to modern skyscrapers; from delicate geishas to turn of the century immigrants to future captains of spaceships; books are our path to other worlds. But what about the journey we give our books? What path do books take through our hands?

How do you choose what to read? Is it random or planned? Based on your mood, challenges, titles, covers, topic?


I have no set schedule for how I read the books I do, I have a mixed set of books to select, some I bought, some review request and some just end up in my inbox or on for shelves from promo, car boot sale, charity shop, library etc…

Other than the requested review books, I would say I am a definitely a mood reader and anything from the cover of a book to the blurb can lure me in.

One thing I never do is read excerpt and watch those book trailer – I never ever do, I know it’s odd, but I hate that unfinished business feel I have when I only get a minute worth of the goods…..

For this year – I have a handful of review books committed to reviewing left and a few more books to finish up my RYOB reading challenge 2009.

Because I am such  mood reading, I’ll read a bunch of book about the same topic or even venturing outside of the genre to do a bit of research  - at the moment I am into the differences and similarities between inner cities…

 

What process do you use for reviewing? Do you take notes while reading? Annotate your books? Just read?

I have no big master plan that I work from when I am going to review a book – The one model that I work from is this.

When I read a book, I am a reader first - My entire review system operate on that bases.

             Reader first, reviewer second.

I never make notes when I read, I read about 80% eBooks and my ereader allows me to write on it – I’ll  highlight sections that I might use as a part of the review. But other than that I treat all book as if it’s the last book on the earth.

What happens when you are done reading? Do you wait to review or write immediately? Do you revisit and revise before posting?

I rarely ever write a review at the same time. I like to take a few hours at the least to look at the whole plot and get over that book high or low that I get when I finish a book. As I firmly believe that no book is all that bad that something in it doesn’t appeal and writing a review straight away doesn’t gives me the best advantage to write a review. I love re-reading, I am known to re-read a book the same day I read it…. especially the juicy bits….

 

 

What other tasks do you go through after reading a book? Is your blog the only place you post a review? Do you keep lists of readings? Catalog genre, page numbers, gender of authors, etc.?

All my reviews go up on Goodreads first – not by much time 48hrs at the most… No reason why I just post it there first, then I bump it on the blog and a few other places..

Since I started taking part in the RYOB challenge this year – I do keep a monthly list of the books I read – for book count purposes at the end of the year. I don’t keep a list of authors or page count or anything like that, but I know that I need to organise my series reading – I have not been keeping up with some of the series I love lately.  

The one thing I could not live without is my Copernic Desktop Search software – it a little bit of magic that just sit in the background and catalogue my PC – so all I do is type in the name of the book, author or some thing specific and it finds it… I would be lost without it.

 

What happens to the book when you are done with it? Does it end up in your home library? Go back to a public library? Book Mooch?

Up to about  my early twenties I literally lived in a library of books – three of the walls were floor to ceiling bookshelves ( I had the coolest dad) So I have always been a pack rat when it comes to book, so I had alot of books. Once ebook hit the populous I converted a huge portion to ebook – and I gave the others away to all sort of places, charity shops, old age homes, school etc.

The print books I now collect most always go on my keeper shelf, and the handful I am not over the moon about I end up carting off to the hospital library…  I sometimes drop an email to a few friends and if they are keen on them I post them off…

 

Overall, if you had to give someone a "How To" list for your dealings with any particular book, what would it look like?

Read it for the pleasure of reading it, if it rocks your world don’t be ashamed to stack it up on your keeper shelf. If it just another book for you don’t let it hang around – give it away, share it but don’t let it stay under the stairs collecting dust.

And lastly talk about books, laugh about books, enjoy what they have to offer – even if it’s tears, book can bring out a  whole new side to a person.

 

How do you get on with your books and reviews and what's your thought on how to deal with a book?

 

 

16 Speak To Me:

Chris on 5 December 2009 at 18:33 said...

I'd add to your last point - life is too short to read bad books, so if it isn't grabbing you, put it aside and move on!

pussreboots on 5 December 2009 at 19:51 said...

I don't watch book trailers either except when they are shown as commercials on TV. My post is here.

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 22:58 said...

@Chris...

Good point and I agree.

E.H>

Chris on 5 December 2009 at 22:58 said...

Holy crap, EH - you won the two week membership at Massive Studios over at Jessewave. I hope you'll be reporting back to us on your experiences! :)

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 22:59 said...

@pussreboots

Glad to see there is someone else out there that is just as picky as I am .

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 23:00 said...

OMG....

OMG......

Chris on 5 December 2009 at 23:34 said...

LOL! I'm sure it will be educational! :D

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 23:48 said...

**Is that the code we are using for the vist***

Yup - that could work with the hubster...

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Chris on 5 December 2009 at 23:50 said...

Hee hee - you don't think he's going to want to share your visit? ;)

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 23:53 said...

Nope he's all about new ventures and adventures... as long as all the other eye candies are on the other side of the Pc...

**I am so wanting virtual reality at my house at time like these***

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Chris on 6 December 2009 at 00:00 said...

Heh, it's going to be the steamiest XXXMas season ever at the EH household!

Kerrie on 6 December 2009 at 01:35 said...

I enjoy learning how others organise themselves (or don't) - I realise that I am too organised, but some of it is just appearance

Erotic Horizon on 6 December 2009 at 08:26 said...

@Chris..

It so is...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 December 2009 at 08:29 said...

@Kerrie

How can you be too organised - you are just great, I also love how creative you get with these graphs...

Continue as you are my dear - I am liking it..

E.H>

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] on 6 December 2009 at 22:38 said...

I'm like you, I'm a reader first then a reviewer. I don't take notes either. But every now and again, if I'm thinking about I'm reading and some sort of grand thoughts pops into my head, I'll jot it down.

Erotic Horizon on 6 December 2009 at 22:40 said...

@Donna

I know exactly what you mean - then when it comes time for the review - you think, damn I should have jot that down...

And I still don't do it...

Always a reader first hon, always..

E.H>