3.08.2010

45 Books



Book 9:

Coming Home To Eat - Gary Paul Nabhan


I did it! I finished the book! Ugh. This one was hard for me to get through. To give you the briefest possible summary: self-righteous, pastoral pornography. That's what I've gotten from it. Maybe I'm just not hippie-dippy enough to get lost in his native paradise and forget the fact that the ideas were fragmented into incomplete tangents and never did come around to depicting a year of eating local/regional foods which was the original premise. The writing itself? just sort of unbearable.

Funny enough Gary Paul Nabhan co-authored a book with Darling's Canyonlands expansion think tank advisor Steve Trimble.

My struggle with finishing this book sort of solidified (to myself) my answer to S's question from a few weeks ago.

From S:
What do you think? A few months ago, I watched Star Trek, District 9, and some other movie back to back. I did this because these were all movies I had heard were phenomenal, but which E had no desire to see. The effect of watching them in rapid succession was that I largely enjoyed them, but had no post-movie rumination time in which the movie goes from good to revelatory. Do you get any similar revelation loss by reading books at such a fast clip? Or does each book exist independently for you, not bleeding into the next. Does this allow you the time to take notes or make marginalia? Or is that not part of your usual process in reading.



I don't think my reading pace is particularly fast. One book per week is more than most people I know, however I don't feel like its unreasonable whatsoever for my reading style. I feel like one week is about all I need to get through at my own comfortable pace--that is, so long as I enjoy and am invested in the material. Hands down the book I have liked best this year is The Diversity of Life and, yes, I wish I had taken a little more time with it. In general, however, reading something great makes me excited to jump into something else that is (hopefully) also great. I'd rather go into geek mode and read multiple books/journals/writings surrounding something that escalated into revelatory rather than taking a second to bask in my love of it--but I wouldn't consider myself a "writer," which, might be the difference there... As for note taking/marginalia, I am inconsistent. I was a big note taker as an English undergrad, and have on and off spent time experimenting with it in my personal reading...

To improve morale around here I have decided to pick up the Harry Potter series for round 2--start to finish. I started reading Harry Potter right when they made the US release for book 1 (1997?--it's been a while since I have read book 1, even though I was supposed to read it in college for a children's lit class...)--My mom was in education and had heard the rave about them coming from the UK. I have made the effort to read each one independently as it came out and have seen 3 of the movies but, for the most part, I haven't engaged in the Harry Potter Mania. I feel like reading the set as a complete unit will put a new spin on the way I view the books. I was thinking I will read these alongside my 45 Books goal. Maybe if I need them to "count" later I can have some cushion...

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