So you may have noticed that there are several new features (teehee – I have FEATURES!) on the site now, including my annual reading lists. Since 2003 (the year I graduated from law school), I have been keeping track of the books I read by month/year, as well as a spreadsheet with a series of very dork-like (sorry – Jork-like, teehee) statistics and graphs. (For those of you not in the know, “Jork” is a combination of Jill and Dork developed by the Franclekids.) I not only list them, but also rate them using my very own exclusive, proprietary, highly-scientific, utterly logical, completely mathematical (teehee again) evaluative scale:
- Very Good – An excellent story that I would read again and again; not necessarily always the Greatest Literary Work of All Time, but something I thoroughly enjoyed and was sorry to see end.
- Good – A good, solid story OR a good, solid piece of writing OR, unfortunately more rarely, both; not necessarily something I would re-read but something I would recommend if the person seeking the recommendation was a fan of the subject matter, the author, or the writing style.
- Mediocre – Literally nothing stands out about this – not the writing, not the topic, not the story, nada, zip, zero, zilch. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read or the best, and I am unlikely to recommend it and/or read it again.
- Not Good and/or Poor – Sorry for the pejoratives, but sometimes I just don’t like what I read. Generally speaking, I give a book 50 pages to keep my interest – let’s be honest, there are too many books and not enough time, and if you can’t get me excited in the first 50ish pages, I simply have to move on. That said, sometimes the first 50 (or 150 or 250) pages are highly deceptive and even after sucking me in far enough to keep me reading through to the end, I end up really not enjoying a story (sad, but true). NB to any authors whose books are thus categorized: Don’t hate me. It’s not you, it’s me. (As with relationships, sometimes this is true – sometimes a book and a reader are just not well matched, without that implying anything negative about either one. As with relationships also, however, sometimes this is not true but is just something one says to be nice/soften the blow. You be the judge. Teehee.)
- As well as combinations of any of the above.
You may ask yourself: “Self, why is she posting lists of books she has read? What kind of ego-maniac are we dealing with here?!” Well, I will tell you – a serious one. (teehee) Seriously though, I have been pleasantly surprised numerous times in the past when people, upon learning that I maintain such lists, have asked to see them or asked me for recommendations based on them, so I figured I’d throw ’em up. As you may imagine, I don’t think you can ever have too many book recommendations… 🙂