Clearing the Bookshelf
A month or two ago, I had to set aside Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Women’s Experience of Power in Hollywood by Rachel Abramowitz.
I had high hopes for this book, but the writing gave me a headache, and it became one of those books that live in my “read a few pages, then set it aside for a while” category. The book jumped stories and individuals too often, and despite the number of pages, the information provided wasn’t really anything new. Since I was 3/4 of the way through the book, I decided to have one final go at it, but it wasn’t meant to be, so I’ve decided that it’s time to put it down for good.
I’m so glad it only cost me $2.99 at Book Warehouse – there’ll be no guilt feelings when it gets ‘recycled’ at the local second hand bookstore, as I’m sure someone will find it and enjoy it.
The experience with the Abramowitz book is something of a rarity these days, as I’ve become quite ruthless and take the same tactic with ‘owned’ books as I do with library books – if they don’t grab me within the first 100 pages, I go on to something else. Turns out I’m not the only person to do this. Steve Leveen, the CEO & founder of one of my favourite sites has written a book entitled “The Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life “, in which he also advocates putting down a book if it doesn’t grab you. The premise interests me, so I’m going to see if I can locate it at my local bookstore. If I do, I’ll read it and post a review, but be warned – I’m not an academic, I don’t have a scholarly approach to reading, and my opinions about books (and I have many!) are based on gut feelings.
The practice of being ruthless explains why once again, the boy and I have an empty paper box full of books we’ve decided to send back out into the world. Unfortunately we still have a rather tall stack in our main room that demands attention, so getting through that stack is on our ‘projects’ list for the summer, and with luck that stack will be off to the second hand bookstore (or back on the shelves) within the next month. We’ve already given a few away to friends and family that have shown interest.