That’s how I feel tonight after finishing “Breath” by Tim Winton. I didn’t actually read the book since I listened to the audio version of the book on my mp3 player, but, no matter, the story was profoundly shared, wonderfully told, beautifully written, and now I must sit and meditate on it. I may have to go read the printed version of the book to get another layer of Mr. Winton’s glorious style of spinning a story.
I read about 30% of the book before I was so bored with it I started skipping and skimming around, reading just enough to follow the storyline. Using that method I quickly scanned through to about the halfway point of the book and then decided I was done. I had read all I cared to read about the Bigtree family. Why waste any more time suffering through a book that I was not enjoying? I didn’t care about the characters and, try as I might, I couldn’t identify with any aspect of the story.
This book may appeal to a different reader, but it holds no appeal for me. I was invested enough in the story that I searched around the internet enough to find out how the story turns out. What I learned finally happens with the characters in this story was not very believable or satisfying so I’m glad I didn’t suffer through to the end of the book.
Now, on to the next book!
After reading about Amazon’s purchase of GoodReads I decided I needed to move my books out of GoodReads and close down my account there. I just don’t want Amazon.com to have such easy access to my reading preferences.
I looked around the internet for alternative websites, tried out a few of them, and then I landed on BookLikes.com. BookLikes is a fairly new website and it does not provide the same type of and level of functionality as GoodReads, but BookLikes is a refreshing change from GoodReads! My first impression of BookLikes was that it was a very beautiful and welcoming place to be. So far I have found the BookLikes staff to be very tuned into and responsive to their users’ needs and requests. BookLikes appears to be committed to keeping the site an independent oasis for book lovers and readers. I’m planning to settle in and see how things continue to evolve.
I’ve moved my books and reviews over to BookLikes and you can find me there at jujubean.booklikes.com. I’m still poking around, finding my way around the site, but now I’d like to invite my GoodReads friends and any of my other friends who love to read to join me over at BookLikes.com
If you are already a GoodReads member, it’s pretty easy to migrate your books and any reviews you’ve created over on GoodReads to BookLikes. To easily migrate your GoodReads data, just follow the steps I’ve documented below.
1. Export your GoodReads books and reviews to a csv file
Log into your GoodReads account, select “My Books”
Scroll down to the bottom of the bookshelves panel (on the left side of the screen) and select the “import/export” option (see red arrow in the screenshot below).
Select the “export to a csv file” option found in the right hand panel of the screen (see the red box in the screenshot below) and select the “save to file” option in the ensuing popup.
Now you are ready to move your data to BookLikes!
2. Sign up for your new BookLikes Account
If you haven’t already done so, go to the BookLikes.com website and click on the green “Request an invite” button. You’ll be prompted to enter your email address into a dialogue box and send a request to BookLikes. After a few minutes go check your email for the invitation link.
Now you can import the GoodReads csv file you just created into your new BookLikes account
3. Import your GoodReads books & reviews into your BookLikes Account
Log into your BookLikes account (if you aren’t already logged into it)
Click on the gears icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen to access your user settings (see red arrow in the screenshot below)
Click the Shelf Tab and then select the “Browse” button under the “Import books from GoodReads” heading. A file explorer box will open up to let you navigate to the place on your computer where the GoodReads.csv file is stored. After you select that file, select the green “Import” button.
BookLikes will add your request into their import queue, so you may have to wait several hours before your books show up on your BookLikes shelves. When I imported my GoodReads data into my BookLikes account, it took about 24 hours before I saw any books on my shelves.
The Golden Compass is a great read, full of imagination, interesting characters and with a compelling plot. I especially appreciate that the heroine of the story is a little girl (versus a little boy – boys always seem to have all the fun in these kinds of stories). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, the other books in this collection.
“World Without End” by Ken Follett has been on my reading list ever since it was published (October 2007). I read Ken Follett’s earlier book, “The Pillars of the Earth,” more than a decade ago and I enjoyed that book too.
I got the electronic version of the book several months ago, and I decided it was time to give it a read. I started the book last week and am about half way through it. I expected it to be a good read, but I did not expect it to be such a fabulous read – probably the best book I’ve read in years! I just wish I knew someone who was reading it too so I could talk about it with someone who is as captivated with the story as I am.
It’s July and the blueberries are ripe! We all know that the antioxidants in blueberries help to keep us healthy, and if you’ve been to the store lately, you’ve probably seen blueberries there for about $2.50 for a pint container.
Why not load up your kids and go pick some Georgia blueberries? I haven’t found a Douglas County blueberry farm, but I’ve confirmed that there are blueberries at the following Carroll County farms:
Garmon Family Farm
337 Old Four Notch Road
Whitesburg, GA 30185
Open: By appointment only
Garmon Family Farm is a small family farm that grows muscadines, scuppernongs, pears, apples, seasonal garden produce, herbs, free range eggs and flowers. Their seasonal garden produces heirloom and specialty vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, salad greens, oriental vegetables, okra, peppers, herbs, and chard.
The farm is open by appointment only, so call before heading out to pick blueberries (July) or Muscadines and Scuppernongs (late September – October).
Blueberries cost $10 per gallon. Cash only. Picking containers are provided. Call ahead for reservations.
Taylor Blueberry Farm
195 Clem Lowell Road
Carrollton, GA 30116
Open: Mondays-Saturdays from 7 am – 7 pm.
Blueberries cost $4.00 per gallon. Cash only. Picking and take-home containers are provided.
The book has several great hints and techniques about how to approach learning a new language. I thought it was pretty good and I’ll probably check it out again and listen to it again.
I always enjoy a book whose characters stay with me after I’ve finished reading the story. The Secret of Lost Things is peopled with lots of unusual characters / misfits, if you will. A coming of age story with many unique twists and turns told in just enough poignant detail, it left me wanting more and I was sad to see the book end.
The book ended when it should have ended, but I can’t help but wonder what became of many of the characters in the story. A really great read and one that I recommend whole heartedly
The book did not start well for me, but I found the storyline to be quite intriguing. Unfortunately, the book didn’t get any better and eventually fell apart at about the halfway point. I stuck with it until I was more than 3/4th of the way through it when I decided I just couldn’t take it anymore and stopped reading. I found the book to be tedious for several reasons:
- I didn’t care for the writing style
- The story became very boring
- There were far too many gratuitous sexual encounters that didn’t have anything to do with or add anything to the storyline. The encounters appeared to be interjected throughout the book at the author’s fancy.
- I was put off by the overuse of the “F” word and
- The characters were not well developed and were very superficial, so I didn’t care about any of the main characters in the story.
Luckily, I didn’t buy the book. I checked the electronic version of the book out of the Library, so now I can just delete it from my eReader and move on to, hopefully, a better read. I’m sorry for the time I wasted trying to get through this book, but at least I didn’t waste any money on it and since it was electronic, I don’t even have to think about how to dispose of it. There’s a small comfort!