Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Weekly Geeks # 19 ...where I reveal my secret shame



Well, it's been a long time since I did a weekly Geeks. I think we are up to #19 - we are, it's here. First, this week, your WG theme is to list your top books published in 2008.

Well, to my secret shame and my Cool Literary Inner Bookworm's disgust, I have not read one book published in 2008 - but wait! There is hope on the horizon....for those of us who compile our reading lists based on last year's best books in different genres, we're always behind. I am willing to take a big risk with.....The Graveyard Book! Sure to be a bestseller, and very likely a most excellent and interesting book to read...I'm saved! It just went on sale today!!!! My CLIB is going away to write angry poetry about me, but I don't care, The Graveyard Book is out! so if I buy it and hurry up and read it, I can still do this week's Weekly Geek! and read a book that I have been waiting for since reading the short story, "October in the Chair", in Fragile Things, which was a story that gave me little chills. That house, and what happened to the boy when he went in? Oh, please let me find the book quickly tomorrow!!

So now you know my secret shame, that I rarely read a book published that year unless it's by a mystery or fantasy series author I am following. I read the good ones published one year, the next year...yes, that means I let others do the work of reading through the piles of books published and sorting out what they think is good! I do have to say, as I said in my last post, that book bloggers are great for getting the word out about good books, no matter when they are published, too. So I am very curious to see which of us book lovers do read the current book lists, and which of us mosey around, picking a book from a decade here, a book from a century there. I'm definitely in the latter group!

6 comments:

Eva said...

I don't think that's shameful at all! But that's just me...

Chris said...

That's nothing to be shameful of at all! I'm really surprised that I've read so many 2008 books to be honest with you....I never pay attention to publication dates, I just read what sounds good :p But I've started the Graveyard Book and I can tell you that you'll LOVE IT!

Nymeth said...

I don't think it's shameful either! I almost never read books the year they're published. Even if I had a Cool Literary Inner Bookworm bugging me, her voice would be drowned by that of my Inner Poor Student yelling "hardcovers are expensive, wait for the paperbacks please!!" :P Of course, sometimes exceptions have to be made, The Graveyard Book being one of them!

Susan said...

eva: thanks! but compared to all the other lists, mine is kind of shameful....

chris: Oh, you have a copy already! LUCKY! I'm on my way out in a few minutes to see if I can snag a copy....love your new photo, by the way! Wonder how many of us bloggers wear glasses too? Eva, you, me, all do....


nymeth: for years I had Poor Inner Student AND outer student! I still don't buy many hardcovers - but will make exceptions - I agree with Graveyard Book completely, fingers crossed I can get one this evening!

raidergirl3 said...

This is the first year I've read many new releases. I never even used to notice what was a new book. Nothing wrong with it, and if I wasn't getting publisher reviews or ARCs, I wouldn't be buying so many new books. The library is good for new books too.
As long as you are enjoying books, it doesn't matter when they were published.

Bybee said...

You, Eva and I should start a club...