Friday, August 15, 2014

Currently Reading

It made me weirdly happy to see this when I got on Goodreads today. I ditched everything else I was reading the second I started The Night Circus, because I could already tell how much I liked it; I was also just starting my first reread of The Poisonwood Bible (which is the book that would be my favorite book of all time if I ever really, really had to pick one), and the thought of just allowing myself to be absorbed by these two books was so perfect to me. I'm in a perfect reading moment.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

82 / 120

That's how many of the books I've read this year were "real" books—i.e., not children's picture books. When I finish The Poisonwood Bible and The Night Circus, it'll be 84. I'm writing this so I can keep track of that number without having to recount every couple months.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Most Highly Recommended Book I Have Ever Seen

I saw The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, on our Staff Picks shelf and decided to look it up on Goodreads to see if it looked good. I wasn't really intrigued by the description, but as I started scrolling down through my friends' reviews, it started to look a little more interesting.

Friend #1:  4 stars

Friend #2:  5 stars

Friend #3:  3 stars

Coworker #1:  5 stars
"I wanted this book to go on forever. Wonderful, beautifully written. I listened to the audio and am going back to read the print version."

Coworker #2:  5 stars
"You cannot read this book quickly. You want to luxuriate in it. A mesmeric experience."

Coworker #3:  5 stars

Coworker #4:  5 stars

Coworker #5:  5 stars

Coworker #6 (who rarely rates things higher than two stars, even if she liked them):  5 stars
      Comment on her rating from Coworker #7: "SO GOOOOOOOOOOD. I have re-read it like three times."

Coworker #7:  5 stars

Friend #4:  5 stars

Friend #5:  5 stars

Friend #6:  5 stars

Friend #7:  5 stars

Friend #8:  3 stars

And, as a special bonus, the single most ridiculous person I have ever met rated it TWO STARS! All I know in the world right now is that I must read this book immediately.

[Update: It's narrated by Jim Dale. I didn't think there was a way this could get better, and I was wrong.]