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Thursday, May 13, 2010


As you may have noticed, in the last couple days I've been trying to add a few pages to my blog. I wanted to post the books I've read over the past few years and the ratings I gave them. That's something I always enjoy looking at on other blogs, because it helps me determine if we have similar taste in books.

I wanted to post one caveat to the lists. In the years since graduating from college in 2006, my taste in books has changed. Or rather, my taste has remained the same in a lot of ways, but the number of books I'm aware of has changed. I am now able to find more books that I think I'll like, as opposed to reading the latest Nicholas Sparks or James Patterson novel because I can't think of what else to read. I'm such a happier reader now. I love picking up a book that other bloggers or LT members have suggested.

I also wanted to note that when you look back on the books you've read and ratings you gave them it's really hard not to edit your list. I've certainly read some guilty pleasure books (I'm looking at you Twilight) that I know are fluff. Others are "comfort" authors that I return to even if the writing isn't great. I look at a high rating I gave something and think, shouldn't that have two stars instead of four? But I know that I gave it four because at that moment, after finishing the book, I really enjoyed it. It isn't fair to second-guess myself because I might not like the book as much now. There's something to be said for judging books by how they make you feel and not just how good (or bad) everyone else thinks they are.

So anyway, those are the books I've read since 2005. Don't judge me.



Photo by moi.

4 comments:

Jenners said...

I feel the same way ... I've been tempted to change my rankings after a bit of time has passed. I was just like you ... I would get caught in reading slumps before I started book blogging ... I think the quality of my reading has improved tremendously since I got exposed to more books.

And I'm impressed you have these records!!

Avid Reader said...

The records are 100% courtesy of LibraryThing.com. I've been using it since 2006 and it makes it so easy to keep track of everything.

Allie said...

I have also read a lot of fluffy books in the past, and while I might be slightly ashamed of it, its ok. Reading big heavy books is tiring and every once in a while, I need a break and just need to read something for the fun of it!

Avid Reader said...

Agreed. Thanks Allie!