Do you use Good Reads?

4 Comments 15 October 2012

My current Good Read, except not.

I’m making efforts to make better use of my different social media channels. This means trying to do at least one Instagram image a day, pin things regularly (with discipline—that site’s addictive!), I’m trying to go on FB more (a lot more as that’s where many of my family are), I am slowly reappearing in Twitter a bit more, (but I think I need more structure there). I’m on Quora (but haven’t really done anything with it yet). I’m also on Good Reads and am thinking I’ll do a bit more there.

Regular readers will know what an obsession I have with books. So I should really do more with my Good Reads account. In an effort to focus on my Good Reads account, this post is about What I’m Reading. My loose plan is to try to do a post every now and then on what I’m reading and then attach it to an image in my sidebar. Or vice versa. However it works. If people want to go to my Good Reads account they can (I’m Michelle Garrett there) or just read my post. Or just look at my image in the sidebar. Whatever.

Right now I’m reading Noble House by James Clavell. No, I haven’t read any of the others in the series. My father-in-law gave me a big box of books he’d read and didn’t know what to do with and this was one of them. I vaguely remember an earlier book in this series, Shogun, being a TV mini series when I was a kid, but that’s the limit to my knowledge on these books.

It’s an exciting book because it’s big. I am still into big books even though that is just so 80s. I love the thrill of holding a really big book in your hand, sitting down comfortably for a read and knowing that you’ll be reading this book for many days yet to come. But of course that thrill can dull if you just can’t get into the book.

I am trying to get into it. It’s a good story and considering I haven’t read its predecessors it recaps really well. But there are probably a few too many details about international banking. I’m intrigued by some mysteries, and curious about some characters, but after sitting through a particularly long boardroom scene where I felt like the out-of-her-depth college intern I started feeling less excited about 2000 pages of this. Ok, 1435 (yes, really! I just checked) pages, whatever. Just like time flies when you’re having fun so do books lengthen when you’re not enjoying them. I will be honest and say I have put the book back in the box. I am now moving on to the next book lined up in a holding pattern on my shelves.

Anyone here read any of this series? And any of you on Good Reads? If so, how’s it working for you?



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4 Comments so far

  1. Erin says:

    I love reading too! And Good Reads has been my God send. I’ve been looking for ages for an effective way to organise my read and to read books and could never find the right source. Good Reads is perfect for that. I don’t go on it often though.

  2. Iota says:

    I don’t know about Good Reads. Will check it out.

    Have you read “One Day”, by David Nichols? I really really couldn’t put it down. Finished it in a week-end, (this week-end). But part of the fun was all the cultural references, spanning 3 decades, with 2 characters who are my era. That might be less fun for you, for any reader who wasn’t living in London in the 80s/90s. I’ve got the dvd to watch, but I can’t bear Anne Hathaway. Just can’t bear her. So I doubt I’ll enjoy it, although it’s apparently very close to the book.

    I recommend the book, though.

  3. Iota says:

    What’s Quora? Blimey, I’m so out of touch with all this. Does anyone have time to do anything other than social media these days?

  4. Iota says:

    One more…

    I don’t usually point out typos, but I have to admit to enjoying the mental image of you with a bog book in your hand!

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