Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sentimental (Reading) Fool

To get caught up on the state of my reading and love'ish life, read this week's installment of The Finicky Reader--"Just a Sentimental (Reading) Fool."

And if you're reading this, J.M.--code name Barry White--turn around and go away. You'll ruin the surprise.


  1. What a great article. Lot of truth in there, giving books can truly be a risky thing. I think they can be given with a great deal of forethought and love and sentiment but the giver also has to then decide to let go of the gift and give it with no expectations. I have a pile of books that have been gifted to me out of love and affection that I still have not read. It can be a very guilty thing if I think about it and yet I am largely a whim reader. At some point the sentiment of their gift and my whims will line up, but until then it can sometimes be painful for the person giving the gift if they expect the person to dive right in. That is why I am glad people have wishlists. It takes some of the risk out of the giving and you at least know it is something the person wants, even if they don't feel like dropping everything to read it at that moment.

  2. It's a fine line to walk, eh, Carl?! I'm glad others understand the pickle I'm in. It's definitely a matter of having realistic expectations. ;)

  3. I love the idea of giving someone a book that you've loved as a way of sharing yourself with them. That's very cool!

  4. I've never figured it out, but every time I tell a family member or friend that I've gotten them a present, they always ask,"What is it? A book?" The thing is, I hardly ever buy books as presents because: one, it's kind of predictable coming from me, and two, a lot of my family members/friends are really readers. I don't know where they get it from.

    Anywho, that was an excellent article! And so true. Figuring out people's taste in reading is one of the hardest things to do.

  5. Of course, with people who don't read that much, you can be reasonably sure a particular book is something they don't already have three of, which in some cases is a problem.


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