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Try a chapter

Like the way my s.o. will start a new character of every class in a game and play them until level 20 or so to see if he likes the style, I’m reading the first chapter or so of a stack of books that have been sitting unread on my shelves for a while. I also recently bought a ton of new books and am running out of shelf space, so it’s a practical issue to make room as well! 😁 I recorded my thoughts as I was reading each, so you can see the way I fluctuate in the process. Here’s what I ended up deciding for each…

Some of these are staying on my shelves for sure, but I included them in the picture a) for visual balance and b) because they’ve been around a while and I haven’t read them yet 😡

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

Honestly I was only about two paragraphs in when I noted that I really like the way this is written. I was drawn in pretty effortlessly. By Page 3 I had a quote that I loved, and already thought about how I would make that into a photo for my collection. So I’ll keep reading the rest of this chapter, but this is a great surprise since this was in my less likely to enjoy list and now I’m very excited about it!

“Books could function in two different ways, he told me one time. they can lull us as would a dream, or they can change us, atom by atom, until we are closer to God. One way is passive, the other animated — both worthy.”

“New York is hard for everybody; that is what makes it what it is.”

Verdict: keep

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Well it’s definitely a unique style, and the rules for enjoyment of this book intrigued and entertained me. However after reading in the preface some of the aspects that were removed, I feel that this might be more literary than I’m looking for as an independent read.

Okay. Well. I’ve just read / skimmed about 30 pages of preface and acknowledgements. The style has some promise for me, but overall seems like too much. Very rambling though self aware of that rambling, and I’m not sure if that helps or makes it worse. Rambling about how you’re rambling is not really my thing. I’m slightly intrigued in what are apparently the true aspects of this story, but I have zero idea what it’s about. Judging by style I’m not reading this.

Verdict: donate

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