Not too much to report on the reading front this past week. I finished one book, Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton. This book a thought-provoking look look the human needs left unmet by modern secular life and the ways we can learn from religions (primarily Christianity and Judaism) to fulfill them. It’s definitely not perfect, but a lot of what he says really resonated with me and will, I hope, stick with me.
I’ve also been making my way through Turn of the Screw by Henry James for my classics book club. After finishing Brothers Karamazov, we all unanimously decided it was time for something short, so a ghost story novella seemed to fit the bill. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between a print edition I picked up in a use bookstore a while back and the audiobook read by Emma Thompson (!!!!).
In other bookish stuff, I’m newly obsessed with Litsy. What’s Litsy? Instagram for books. Why do we need an Instagram for books if we already have Instagram? I don’t know if we need it exactly, but it has a really nice feature Instagram lacks, a built in database of books that allows for consistent tagging of titles and easier navigation. You can create three types of posts: blurbs (basically, random thoughts about a book), quotes, and reviews. All posts are limited to 300 characters.
So far, I’m loving it, but I’m a little afraid to get too attached because who knows if it will last. The community is still really small but seems to be growing. There appears to be no advertising (and hence, no revenue), and the founders (Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, who launched the awesome Out of Print) are saying things like “We do know we eventually need a business model.” I’m cautiously optimistic though.
Finally, I thought a quick check-in on the ridiculousness of my TBR was in order. I’m finding looking back at the books I add over a week can be telling about where my brain is. This week, I added a ridiculous total of 10 new books to my TBR bringing it up to 397.
- Once Upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan
- Geek Feminist Revolution: Essays on Subversion, Tactical Profanity, and the Power of Media by Kameron Hurley
- Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
- Gossamar Wing by Delphine Dryden
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
- The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
- It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
- Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot
Apparently, I’ve had romance, feminism, and American politics on the brain.
That’s about it for me. How was your week in bookish stuff? Are you using Litsy? If you are, come find me, I’m @thatotherlisa.