Monday, January 23, 2006

Welcome to "The Fold"

Given my ability to find such books, I have decided to incorporate Eragon by Christopher Paolini and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman into the January-April portion of my Annual Goal.

I've started Eragon and, while I'll definitely finish it, there are some things that I'm not enjoying. More on this later.

Minigoal Update:

Well, the weekend has come and gone and, while I’m a little closer to the end of Memories of Ice, there’s still a long way to go.

I’m heartened, however, by the fact that I’ve only got a little more than a quarter of the book to go, I’ve finished five books already this year, this is the longest book remaining before the end of April, and as of right now, I’m only 3 days past my original minigoal.

Given these things, I will officially revise my minigoal to Thursday, January 26 (happy birthday, dad). I think this is reasonable, even generous, and I will have 6 books done by the end of January, which is two ahead of schedule. (I believe I can finish Eragon and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by then as well, which would actually make it 8 books, but whatever).

I’m trying to decide about the nature of my posts. Should I keep plot-points out to avoid ruining the books for people who haven’t yet read them or should I just state that I’m going to put the plot points in and have a section for them at the end of the post?

What do you think, bloggers?

If nothing comes up in the mean-time or in-between time, I’ll blog atcha on Thursday.


KimProbable said...

In my opinion, I don't mind what you post about plots because by the time I actually get to those books I'll have long fogotten them.

What I do think, though, is that you should start incorporating some of the books I suggest into you goal. Things like "Nightime Parenting" for example...

Sean Woods said...

Go Team Liam!

Is Anansi Boys in glorious paperback yet?

Liam J. said...

I don't know the answer to that. I have it in audio format, which is why I am adding it to my fold.

Shiny Beamer said...

I am with Kim. I have a whole library of parenting books, Liam :)

Liam J. said...

Is that a commentary on my parenting skills, cranky?

Baron Von Cliff said...

I think you need to have skills first, before they can be judged. HAHA!

I don't think Anansi Boys is in paperback as of yet.

Sean Woods said...

Thanks for the update, C-Note.

Shiny Beamer said...

maybe - but mostly I had to throw that in 'cuz I'm always trying to get my guy to read parenting books and he avoids them like the plague. Wanted to see if it's a guy thing. ;)

Liam J. said...

I've always struggled to read books on self-improvement, and basically any non-fiction book that isn't directly related to programming. I guess it's a combination of slow reading with impatience.

The early stages of those books (or the ones I've read, --or tried to read) tend to be very basic, common-sensey type stuff. The struggle for me is to not say "No sh!t" and close the book but to accept that what they've written is a foundation for what's coming next. That's not to say that I won't read any books about parenting, particularly books that Kim has suggested. I'm going to read Nighttime Parenting. I'll add it to this goal's list, since I don't want to read it too late. After Kushiel's Dart I'll read it. It will be a welcome change from fiction/fantasy.

Liam J. said...

Restaurant at the End of the Universe has just been jettisoned from this goal's list (which is the logical choice since it's the only one I don't have immediate access to)

Shiny Beamer said...

well, to tell you the absolute, unguarded, completely honest truth, I can't read those books either! :)

How's THAT for a confession?

CRANKY MOM CANNOT READ PARENTING BOOKS (or any other self-help, inspirational, teaching-type material).

Upon cracking the book open, I immediately zone out into some sort of weird state where my eyes can't even focus on the words on the page. It really is quite the phenomenon.

I'd like to say that I need help but I'm afraid someone will suggest some sort of "helpful" book.