Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous that works well for my scattered mind.
- The Super Bowl. (Sigh.) That was a disappointing night. I’ll admit, I would have been happier with the result of the game if the scores were flipped, but either way it’s just not much fun watching a one-sided game. And with few exceptions, the commercials were pretty lackluster as well. Who would’ve thought the halftime show – which I normally don’t care about – would be the best part of the night?
- Speaking of sports… the Olympics have started! I’ve never particularly cared about any of the events, but the whole spirit of the Olympics encompasses everything I love about sports, so I’m trying to get excited about them this time around. Expect to see many of my amateur opinions on Twitter over the next couple weeks.
- Is it really an unspoken rule of historical fiction that we’re trusting the research? I certainly don’t. I’ve gotten more into historical fiction in the last couple years, but I don’t take anything I learn from them as being definitively true. And I don’t care. I’m reading a story. If it makes me curious to look up more about the real history behind it, great, but that’s on me. I know there’s some historical fiction out there that is meticulously researched and as accurate as the author can make it… but I don’t assume anything.
- Every book counts! I suppose some challenges that are genre- or otherwise content-based have to draw certain lines… but for the (usually self-imposed) “read X number of books”-type challenges? Count anything and everything. Or don’t. One commenter says that she doesn’t personally count audiobooks because for her it’s a different activity. I don’t include nonfiction in my count because I rarely read nonfiction books cover to cover. But my point is, read what you want, count it however you want, and don’t worry what anyone else thinks. Challenges are a means to an end, not the end itself. If you’re reading and enjoying it, do the numbers really matter?
- A secret library?! I want to go! Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be in New York any time soon, but this could be a fun side trip for anyone going for BEA this summer.
- I like this idea for a “what not to read” book club, as long as everyone approaches it with the right mindset. I could see it being very easy, in the energy of the moment, to cross over from “this is why I hated reading this book” to “I don’t understand how anyone can enjoy it.”
- I’m feeling really frustrated that I haven’t had a good discussion post in a while. This is made slightly less discouraging by the fact that these random thought posts have generated some great comments and discussion, but I never intended for them to take the place of opinion posts like “In Defense of ‘Meh’” or “I’m ONLY Reading…” I even have a couple “drafts” that are essentially bullet lists of points I want to make, but I can’t seem to put them together. Maybe I should just make all my posts in bullet points from now on, since it seems to be the only thing I’m good at anymore.
Share some of your randomness this week!