Monday, May 24, 2010

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:
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Okay, only one, but do you know how long this book is? I did not while I was reading it. I was reading a bound manuscript, which is 2 version before an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC or ARE). Yep, this book came out in 2003. I have had this copy since 2002. But what was weird was that each chapter restarted the page count. At one point, I did go through with my cell phone calculator and figured out when I was on page 200, but it was strange to not know where I was in the book. I know that's an issue of a sort with eBooks as well, since "page count" is more amorphous there. I think I will not like that if/when I ever try an eReader. (By the way, it's 544 pages.) I did though have a slight twinge of fond nostalgia on the occasions where there was a copyeditor's mark (they were very few and far between). But I am still glad that I no longer have to read manuscripts. I really appreciate copyeditors and proofreaders!

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)

Up Next:
Still supporting medium-sized publishers, and so another week for HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt):
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (got a signed 20th anniversary edition!)
How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

A Short History of Nearly Everything? The title sounds like it would be long....LOL

It sounds interesting. Have a good week :)

Carin said...

I read Bill Bryson's book about his travels through the States (I can't remember the name) and wasn't impressed at all. I think I'm the only person on the planet that doesn't love him. I find his smug humor irritating. I think he came off as arrogant and ignorant rather than funny. He just couldn't pull it off for me.

I think I've read that you like him though so I hope you enjoy the book! hehe!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

This sounds like an interesting one.

Here is mine

The1stdaughter said...

Oh, for the love of copy editors and proofreaders! That's pretty funny actually, but what a great trip down memory lane for you. It looks like you have some great books ahead of you!

Have a fantastic reading week and if you get a chance, stop by: Monday Reading's at There's A Book

Carin Siegfried said...

Yes 1st Daughter, I think copyeditors and proofreaders are worth their weight in gold. You never notice them until you have to read books without their benefit! Yikes! An excellent reason why self-publishing will never take over.

Other Carin, I am sad you didn't like Bill Bryson. I'm bad with his titles too (I read a bunch in the British or Australian edition and so some had different titles) but the one you mention is my brother's favorite. My fave was Notes From a Big Island, when he moved back to the US after living in the UK for 20 years, and of course A Walk in the Woods. If you try that one and hate it, you really should give up. But this book is very different. A book all about science, not a travel memoir. And yes Sheila, it's long!! :)

Beverly said...

Sounds long... Have a great week! Stop by and check out what I got at The Wormhole

dollycas aka Lori said...

I know I'm a day late, but it was so blessed hot here yesterday and today isn't much better but had to make my rounds.

If it includes everything, how can it ever be finished :)