So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading

by Sara Nelson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0425198197 Global Overview for this book
Registered by cowgirl-up of Springfield, Ohio USA on 8/27/2006
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by cowgirl-up from Springfield, Ohio USA on Sunday, August 27, 2006

From the back of the book;

"Sometimes subtle, sometimes striking, the interplay between our lives and our books is the subject of this unique memoir by well-known publishing correspondent and self-described 'readaholic' Sara Nelson. The project began as an experiement with a simple plan - fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books- that fell apart in the first week. It was then that Sara realized the books chose her as much as she chose them, and the rewards and frustrations they brought were nothing she could plan for. From Solzhenitsyn to Laura Zigman, Catherine M. to Captain Underpants, the result is a personal chronicle of insight, wit, and enough infectious enthusiasm to make a passionate reader out of anybody."

Journal Entry 2 by cowgirl-up from Springfield, Ohio USA on Thursday, May 03, 2007
I'm offering this up as an international bookray. Below is a list of participants with shipping preferences. This list is in order now, but other participants may be added if shipping preferences can be accomodated.

msjoanna (US; can ship US/Canada)
sharalsbooks (US; ship within US)
kelwood (US; can ship international)
GooseinEngland (US; can ship international) skipped
JerrilynnL (US; can ship anywhere)
UnwrittenLibra (US; can ship international)
mirp (Ireland; can ship international) <---It's here!
Hearth-Crafter (Australia; can ship Australia)
*need someone in Australia to ship int'l*
Suefitz (US)
pjmom8025 (US; ship US & wants toward the end)

Journal Entry 3 by cowgirl-up from Springfield, Ohio USA on Thursday, May 03, 2007
I finished this book a while back, but I must have forgotten to journal. Whoops! A witty, fun read. I could relate to a lot of the things the author said and found some great reading suggestions to add to my wish list.

Journal Entry 4 by msjoanna from Columbia, Missouri USA on Monday, May 14, 2007
This has arrived safely in New York. I should have time to start it this weekend. Looks great -- thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 5 by msjoanna from Columbia, Missouri USA on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I enjoyed this book, which was light and amusing. Some of the scenes resonated with my own experiences -- the feelings of smugness tinged with worry when I hate a book that everyone is raving about; the search for connections between what I'm reading and what's happening in my life. At the same time, I found the author somewhat long-winded and even whiny at times. I was disappointed that she wasn't able to end the book with something more compelling or thoughtful than a few pages of the sort of sentimental statements she would reject from anyone else's book.

I did enjoy being reminded of certain titles, and even added a couple of books mentioned to my wishlist.

The book will go in the mail to sharalsbooks later this week (mailed 5/31).

Journal Entry 6 by sharalsbooks from Mesa, Arizona USA on Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Received in the mail today. Will start it as soon as I finish my current read.

Journal Entry 7 by sharalsbooks from Mesa, Arizona USA on Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Starting the book today and contacting the next participant for mailing address.

Journal Entry 8 by sharalsbooks at Bookray in BOOKRAY, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, June 21, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (6/21/2007 UTC) at Bookray in BOOKRAY, Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Can't seem to find anything fitting my mood lately. Since my mind keeps wandering while reading and I have to keep going back and rereading pages, I've decided to move this one on to the next person.

Journal Entry 9 by kelwood from Toledo, Ohio USA on Sunday, July 01, 2007
This showed up in the mail Friday and am looking forward to it. Like the author, I have way too many books, too!

Journal Entry 10 by kelwood from Toledo, Ohio USA on Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I enoyed this for the most part, though at times it seemed to bog down as if she was trying too hard to be clever. I did get some good reading ideas to add to my lengthy wishlist.

Have sent second PM to GooseInEngland. Will move on to next reader if I don't hear from her soon.

Journal Entry 11 by JerrilynnL from Denver, Colorado USA on Saturday, September 15, 2007
Arrived in today's mail. The title is so true ... but looking forward to reading. :-)

Journal Entry 12 by JerrilynnL from Denver, Colorado USA on Friday, December 28, 2007
An enjoyable memoir that reflects my love of books (and large library). I managed to get this one read - a big feat for me these days. The book needs some minor surgery (the cover is coming off slightly) and then I will send it on to unwrittenLibra. A bunch of new books mentioned for my wish list too. Thanks cowgirl-up for sharing!

Journal Entry 13 by JerrilynnL at USPS in Postal Mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 04, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (1/3/2008 UTC) at USPS in Postal Mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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off to unwrittenLibra

Journal Entry 14 by UnwrittenLibra from Middleton, Wisconsin USA on Monday, January 14, 2008
Got it here today in Baltimore, Maryland...might not get to it for a little while but I'm slowly but surely plugging through the books that I do have! Thanks, JerrilynnL!

Journal Entry 15 by UnwrittenLibra from Middleton, Wisconsin USA on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Finished this book today! Sorry for keeping it longer than a month...

I wasn't too crazy about Ms. Nelson (read: I thought she was a little crazy) but some of the stuff she said made sense, like about suggesting/borrowing books from friends and being honest. I came out of it with a few new book suggestions but little else. At least it was a fairly quick read, even if it wasn't riveting.

PMed mirp, haven't received an address yet...will send once received...if you're reading this, mirp, PM me!

Journal Entry 16 by UnwrittenLibra from Middleton, Wisconsin USA on Sunday, March 02, 2008
Sent to mirp in Ireland last week. Go book go!

Journal Entry 17 by rem_BSM-942247 on Thursday, March 06, 2008
It arrived today. I've one other book to finish and then I'm on to it.

Journal Entry 18 by rem_BSM-942247 on Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I really liked this book. I enjoyed being with the author, it was like listening to a friend. It made me envious of those who have insomnia...all that extra reading sounds wonderful.

I've pmed Hearth-Crafter. I hope to get it off in the post this week.

Thanks for sharing this lovely book with me.

Journal Entry 19 by rem_BSM-942247 on Monday, April 28, 2008
this great book is finally on it's way to Hearth-Crafter. I hope it makes it to Australia safely.

Journal Entry 20 by Hearth-Crafter from Albury, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thank you cowgirl-up for starting this BookRay and for mirp for sending it all the way from Ireland!

This is a very fast and easy read, I received it in the mail the other day and yesterday I started it and have only a little way to go-probably will finish reading it tonight.

Like all overhyped books, I thought this book had a very good title and premise, but never delivered in the slightest-I think BookCrossers couldn't have done a worse job!

This book reads alot like one long book review of the books she has read or is attempting to read-after all that is her day job! She should stick to that day job and not write more books if it is to be as boring as this one!

cowgirl-up - when you find another Aussie for me to send this on to let me know...meanwhile I shall try to fix the book as much as possible.

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