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ISBN: 0425198197
Author: Sara Nelson
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (October 5, 2004)
Pages: 256
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
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Sara Nelson started the year with a goal to read a book a week for a year, and to write about it. I'm surprised nobody thought to do this before she did - lets face it, I'm sure most of us could do it without even thinking about it! The book chronicles her journey, starting with her completely.

Sara Nelson started the year with a goal to read a book a week for a year, and to write about it. I'm surprised nobody thought to do this before she did - lets face it, I'm sure most of us could do it without even thinking about it! The book chronicles her journey, starting with her completely disregarding the list she'd made of the books she planned to read!

Sara Nelson in SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME.

Sara Nelson in SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME. In SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME, she tells us, her fellow bibliophiles, how she fared, as well as her past and present experiences with the great passion of her life - reading. March 22, Sharing Books Gives Me Heartburn" about the painful practice of lending books out and perhaps not getting them back. I never lend books, but freely give them away when I'm through with them.

Nelson, based on a New Year's plan, embarked on an ambitious project to read one book each week and write about it, and the effort morphed into a book entitled So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading which was published by Putnam in 2003.

She had a system all set up: fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books. and it all fell apart the first week.

I enjoyed reading about another bookoholic struggling to decide what to read and when. I have so many books sitting on my shelves to read and. com, and "Book Publishing Report," and a contributor to many other publications, including the "New York Times" and "Wall Street Journal, معلومات المراجع. So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading.

To read Sara Nelson's book is to obtain a top-secret pass. Examining a year of her own reading habits, she unveils the tendencies and quibbles and sparks of heated excitement found between the covers

To read Sara Nelson's book is to obtain a top-secret pass. Into the halls of power and might? No. Into the corridors of a passionate reader's mind, yes. In fact, her ode to literature might be titled "Finding Mr. Write. She points out, quite fittingly, the relationship between readers and their chosen printed companions. Examining a year of her own reading habits, she unveils the tendencies and quibbles and sparks of heated excitement found between the covers.

Sometimes subtle, sometimes striking, the interplay between our lives and our books is the subject of this unique memoir by well-known publishing correspondent an. .

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading - Sometimes subtle, sometimes striking, the interplay between our lives and our books is the subject of this unique memoir by well-known publishing correspondent and self-described readahol. Sometimes subtle, sometimes striking, the interplay between our lives and our books is the subject of this unique memoir by well-known publishing correspondent and self-described "readaholic" Sara Nelson. From Solzhenitsyn to Laura Zigman, Catherine M. to Captain Underpants, the result is a personal chronicle of insight, wit, and enough infectious enthusiasm to make a passionate reader out of anybody.

A Year of Passionate Reading. Sometimes subtle, sometimes striking, the interplay between our lives and our books is the subject of this unique memoir by well-known publishing correspondent and self-described readaholic Sara Nelson

A Year of Passionate Reading. Sometimes subtle, sometimes striking, the interplay between our lives and our books is the subject of this unique memoir by well-known publishing correspondent and self-described readaholic Sara Nelson. The project began as an experiment with a simple plan-fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books-that fell apart in the first week. It was then that Sara realized the books chose her as much as she chose them, and the rewards and frustrations they brought were nothing she could plan for.

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“Will make many readers smile with recognition.”—The New Yorker “Readaholics, meet your new best friend.”—People “This book is bliss.”—The Boston Globe Sometimes subtle, sometimes striking, the interplay between our lives and our books is the subject of this unique memoir by well-known publishing correspondent and self-described “readaholic” Sara Nelson. The project began as an experiment with a simple plan—fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books—that fell apart in the first week. It was then that Sara realized the books chose her as much as she chose them, and the rewards and frustrations they brought were nothing she could plan for. From Solzhenitsyn to Laura Zigman, Catherine M. to Captain Underpants, the result is a personal chronicle of insight, wit, and enough infectious enthusiasm to make a passionate reader out of anybody.

Comments:

Painbrand
"My books are my secret lovers, the friends I run to to get away from the daily drudgeries of life, to try out something new, and yes, to get away, for a few hours, from (husband Leo). He doesn't need to know that my books are the affairs I do not have." - Sara Nelson in SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME

Sara Nelson, at the time a book reviewer for Glamour magazine, vowed to read a book a week during 2002. In SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME, she tells us, her fellow bibliophiles, how she fared, as well as her past and present experiences with the great passion of her life - reading.

Upon completion of this engaging volume, I was tempted to award 3 or 4 stars, chiefly because her literary interests are so different from mine and I couldn't relate to most of the particular titles that she mentions. (I've heard of perhaps only a third of them, and have myself read only a couple. Indeed, she reads only the rare historical novel, and, almost incomprehensibly and reprehensibly, non-fiction works of history not at all.) But, this would have been supreme self-centeredness on my part. Sara does with excellence what she intended to do, i.e. describe what are for her and for the rest of us compulsive book lovers the varied facets of the reading experience, many of which we hardly ever give a thought. Several times I found myself nodding in affirmation of her written words and thinking, "Yup, you hit that right on."

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME is divided into thirty-five chapters, plus Prologue and Epilogue. Each chapter is headed by a date and title, the former, in the aggregate, sequentially and more or less evenly spaced out over 2002. Each chapter, with reference to specific book titles, deals with an aspect of book consumption. As examples:

"February 1, Double-Booked" about the practice of having one book for home and one for away. In Nelson's case, as in mine, the former is usually hardcover and the latter a more portable softcover.

"February 27, The Clean Plate Book Club" concerning the obsession to finish a book once begun, and the maturation process that eventually allows one to permanently toss one that's not working. For me at 59, this still goes against the grain, but I've learned. Thankfully, I find myself in the predicament only rarely.

"March 22, Sharing Books Gives Me Heartburn" about the painful practice of lending books out and perhaps not getting them back. I never lend books, but freely give them away when I'm through with them.

"June 1, Summer Reading" concerning the overly optimistic notion that one will have the time to read on those summer weekends away at the beach resort, or wherever. Verily, vacations with my wife are death marches; who has time to read?

"July 20, Reading Confidential", or how to fall in and out of love with a particular author.

"September 18, Kid Stuff", about the impact the books of childhood may have on our lives. I'll never forget the Young Trailer series by Joseph Altsheler featuring the Kentucky frontiersmen Henry Ware, Paul Cotter, Shif'less Sol Hyde, Long Jim Hart, and Silent Tom Ross.

"September 25, Sex and the City", concerning the prurient pay-off a best-selling erotic novel may or may not provide the reader. Well, I recall becoming feverish as a young adolescent upon reading my secret copy of FANNIE HILL.

"November 15, Oeuvre and Oeuvre Again", regarding the branding of writers by the publishers, and the prudent disinclination to read too many books by the same author back to back. This is a policy I've followed religiously, except after I discovered Gerald Seymour.

"November 25, Openings", or the ability of a book's opening lines to grab and not let go (for better or worse).

"December 10, Friends and Family", about the pressure of being asked by a writer, sometimes a friend or family member, to read a work and give an honest opinion. Writers occasionally ask me to read and review their stuff; I've made several friends and, I suspect, a few enemies. One of the former actually created a fictional character bearing my name in one of his action thrillers (Hot Blood (A Dan Shepherd Mystery) ); my double-take would've been fodder for the old TV show "Candid Camera".

Only once did I become irritated with the author, and this over a small point of geography. As a resident of New York City, I doubt Sara would seriously claim that Philadelphia is near Richmond, VA. Yet, when referring to the WWII American internment camp for Japanese-American citizens at Manzanar in the Owens Valley near present day Independence, CA, she states it being "near Santa Ana, California" though the two places are separated by roughly 260 miles, about the same distance separating Philly and Richmond. Perhaps Nelson should add a Rand McNally 2008 Road Atlas: Large Scale- United States (Rand Mcnally Large Scale Road Atlas USA) to her "must read" stack.

Despite my single twinge of irritation and my general inability to relate to the author's choice of reading materials, I'm awarding five stars because, in the end, Sara shares the view:

"I've lived the past year exactly how I wanted to - between the covers of books and in the places in my head that those books have taken me. I've been agitated, excited, enthralled, annoyed, frustrated, and sometimes a little bored. But I've never been lonely."

Indeed, because of books, this statement applies to my entire life. Thank you, Sara, for reminding me of this truth.
Gabar
Well, I spotted this book because the title jumped out at me, it is exactly how I live my life. I am a passionate reader, and although this book was very entertaining, I have to admit I felt like Ms. Nelson felt that I was a reader a little beneath others, because I am one of the readers who read mostly fiction, and mostly "best seller" fiction. I love writers who continue characters, I love mysteries and books that she considers "men's books", like Tom Clancy. I still look forward to Robert Ludlum,because I just can't let go....In other words, I am the book reader and buyer who goes to the book store, or orders from Amazon, and gobbles up the books which a some people consider junk!
But that said, I did identify with Ms. Nelson's love of books. I have a book with me all the time and I keep a copy of something, (normally Jane Austen) in the car in case I forget to bring what I am reading at the time. I go through at least 2 books a week, sometime more, I read the reviews on Amazon ( I don't always go by what they say, but I read them!), and I read every book magazine and newspaper book section I can get my hands on. I have hundreds of books I have not read, and hundreds and hundreds more that I have. My husband has to beg me at times to please give some away, we have no more room.
So, I too have too many books,and never enough time. But I do want to thank Ms. Nelson for a couple of things. I have started (after turning 45) allowing myself to put down books I don't like. I used to feel the need, ( I guess since I paid for it) to finish it no matter what. I have now decided life is too short. Ms. Nelson reinforced this for me, and has helped with the guilt that still sneaks in once in a while. And second...I have a confession. I too look ahead sometimes. I particularly liked her friend who explained it this way....I look ahead on something I really like, just so I can relax and enjoy the journey. (Those were not her words, but the sentiment). Also, I like the reader friend who reads the end of mysteries first, since he doesn't really like suspense! Anyway I have always thought I was the only one who did that, and I never have been able to confess it! Thank you for bringing my deep secret into the light!
So, read this book, I would have given it a five star, if only I didn't feel as if Ms. Nelson and her publishing friends want to sell me their client's books, but don't respect me as a reader!
Winotterin
Books derived essentially from somebody else's reading list attract me every time, but I'm usually sorry by mid-point because they only remind me of my own reading that I'm neglecting. Or, they tell me what I already know or feel. Or they don't talk enough, they just list. Or they talk up books that aren't my thing. Sara Nelson's SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME is different. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Nelson is an inveterate reader, the messy kind who frequently has more than one book open at once. Her plan for the year 2002 was to read a book a week and record her reactions, or more importantly explore how the book ties into her life. The weekly entries take on a variety of themes, not to mention books, as Nelson opens up her mind and life. Books that dovetail with the issues of her life, books that distract her from the issues of her life, books that work or don't on vacation, books that call up her younger selves, books that nick into her marriage or relationships with parents, books that parent with her, books that fit a mood--she finds them all across the year. She is amazingly candid, wisecrackingly funny and often touching. She keeps the suspense going: can she keep up the pace and fulfill her goals?
In the end she and we know far more about her than about the books, but learning about oneself is part of the reading journey. I think a lot of readers will find that even if their lives and likes are different from Nelson's, they will have found a soulmate.

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