Friday, September 23, 2011
what kind of books do you like to read?
about a month ago, i registered with Goodreads. i once started an account for daily-spress, but it didn’ t really fit with their categories of “what are you reading”, “planning to read” etc.
so now i am on goodreads as reader & author (you can find me here), found and friended some other readers and authors i know - and also, found some good reads through the book notes there. it’s one of the great things about Goodreads, this casual finding of titles that you normally don't come across in the usual bestseller / must-read lists. for example: "A Week At The Airport: A Heathrow Diary" by Alain de Botton, found through Fiona Robyn. i read Alain de Botton's "Art of Travel" a while ago, but didn't know about his Heathrow Diary, which turned out to be a beautiful reflection on life and travel in the modern time.
another book i picked due to goodreads is "Mexican Lives" by Judith Adler Helmman, found through Rose Hunter - it hasn't arrived yet, i ordered it earlier this week.
on the same day, i came across a wilderness book in a blog - like the other 2 books, it's a non-fiction book : "Fire Season" by Philip Connors. i forwarded the link to a friend, which in return brought a note on a related book, and an interesting question:
"when I was younger I read some of Gary Snyder, who did this fire tower job. what I like about this review is the notion that there are books that every man should read. I think it true but I am not sure that there is one list that applies to all men. ... what of women? is there a book you think all women should read?"
good question, i thought. it also made me think of the question in Goodread's reader profile that sounds like it should be easy to answer for someone who loves books: "What Kind of Books Do You Like to Read?"
it probably would be easier to answer this if my bookshelves were sorted by theme, and not by date. but then, some connections aren't obvious if you just go along general themes. (and the whole theme of sorting books is an own peculiar question anyway, see here: A to Z or how do you sort your books?)
what i did today is: trying to lay out a collage that includes books i read in the last months, together with some favourites, in an attempt to answer both questions, in form of a video:
what kind of books do you like?
of course, the collage is just a "crop" of the sum of all books i read this year. but it gives an idea. i just scrolled through my virtual bookshelf, and realized that missing in the collage are new German books and poetry (poetry is included in the anthologies, though, and in the small book with the Paul Klee cover, which is a handmade chapbook with poems from the river of stones). what's also missing are art books and photo books. maybe in winter, i lay out a larger version. might be interesting.
and of course, now i am curious: what kind of books do you like to read?
(& it still feels odd to hear my own voice in a video. and sorry for the audio, which isn't all clear. will try to figure out how to get a better audio when recording)