What's a Common Reader -- and what is Uncommon Reading?

Virginia Woolf defined a common reader as someone who is not a scholar; not a critic. A common reader "reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge or correct the opinions of others. Above all, he is guided by an instinct to create for himself, out of whatever odds and ends he can come by, some kind of whole." By that definition, I'm definitely a common reader -- reading an uncommonly large and diverse collection of books.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Just Added to My Shelves:

The books keep arriving, and the work keeps piling up, and the time to read keeps shrinking -- not a good equation! But here are some of the recent additions to my shelves and cyber-shelves:
  • The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi (UK purchase)
  • Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (UK purchase)
  • Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman (LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
  • Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz (Amazon Vine)
  • East of the West by Miroslave Penkov (Kindle purchase)
  • A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Amazon Vine)
  • Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light (Publisher Galley)
  • Death at the Chateau Bremont by M.L. Longworth (Library)
  • Stealing Rembrandts by Anthony Amore (Library)
  • Rock the Casbah by Robin Wright (Kindle purchase)
  • The Katyn Order by Douglas Jacobson (Library)
  • The Time in Between by Maria Duenas (NetGalley)
  • Lost Kingdom by Julia Flynn Siler (NetGalley)
  • A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaege (NetGalley)
Hoping to get to some of these soon!!! As well as catch up on my other reading...

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