Monday, February 7, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books.

Books completed last week:
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Books I gave up on:
I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley - I had been told this book of personal essays was funny, reminiscent of David Sedaris or Sarah Vowell, but instead I have found the essays boring, stereotypial (aren't New Yorkers crazy! With their small apartments and their small paychecks but it's so worth it because it's Manhattan!), and navel-gazing to the extreme. That's normally an adjective that I deplore when it comes to describing a memoir, as they are by definition navel-gazers and that's why we read them - but I'm sorry, to me Ms. Crosley isn't any more interesting than a typical 20-something New Yorker, and no, not everyone has a story to tell. At least they don't have one that everyone else needs to read. If nothing especially interesting has happened in their life, the writing had better be seriously fricking hysterical, which this was not. I listened to 1/3 of the book and I just can't bring myself to finish.

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee - it's very long, but I'm over half-way through!

Up Next:
John Adams by David McCullough (audio) - I saw the HBO miniseries last week and decided to break out the audio book I have on my iPod. I tried to listen to it a couple of years ago and didn't get far. I think that's because I was trying to listen while at work, and the book needs my undivided attention, not so good for multitasking. So now I will listen while walking and driving.

Also, why are audio books on CD so impossible to rip to iTunes? This book is in 345 separate files (24 CDs averaging 15 tracks each) which all have to be sorted to be in precisely the right order ahead of time or you're screwed. And this is a big reason why I've had this for at least 2 years without even listening to it, along with the audio versions of Einstein (310) or A. Lincoln (2052 files!!) And my copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain I can't listen to at all. In addition to chapter numbers, there are also files with no chapter numbers, but titles instead. How on earth am I supposed to know what order they go in? Does "As Gently As I Could" go before chapter 10? or before "After a Long Silence?" Audio book publishers need to get this straightened out. Or I'm likely to never listen to a CD again, only downloads. (My car has a tape deck, so the option of actually listening to the CDs instead of to the ripped files isn't an option.)


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

The John Adams audio may be good - I hope you enjoy all your reads this week and thank you for doing this meme :)

Kristin said...

I've heard great things about the John Adams mini-series. I haven't seen it yet, but hope to. I didn't realize they had it out on audio -I might have to look that.

My It's Monday post can be found here.

Suzanne said...

I wasn't impressed with I Was Told There'd Be Cake either.

I've just started reading The Emperor of All Maladies and it is fascinating. Who knew that a book about cancer could be anything other than sad and depressing?

Enjoy your week.

I Eat Words said...

Aw that's too bad about I Was Told...I'd heard good things too! New follower, btw. Love the blog! :)

Joy Weese Moll said...

My husband liked John Adams, but he read it in print and it took a long time!

Here's my Monday!

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I love audio books but hate trying to get them. Stop by ans see me sometime. http://bookskidsanimalsandmore.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html