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2014 Stuff Read, #s 1 & 2

Here it goes. Will this be the fourth straight year where I miss my meager target of 20 books read, or will I finally shuffle my free-time pursuits sufficiently to reach my reading goal for the year? So far, I'm on target for approximately 20. If I want to make the goal, I'll likely just need to continue as I've done so far this year. Otherwise, I need to allocate more time to reading.

1. What Language Is: And What It Isn't and What It Could Be, by John McWhorter

I've listened to a couple of McWhorter's Great Courses courses on language and linguistics and enjoyed them immensely. I decided to take a leap from the audio recordings of his lectures and delve into something a little more in-depth. I'm glad I did so, but some of the fine detail of learning linguistics really isn't for me -- even though I enjoyed his style and presentation. I also learned that what I'm really interested in is the history and development of the English language in particular, and not just linguistics in a broader context. Having said that, it was really amusing to encounter passages that McWhorter has used in his Great Courses recordings.

2. Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, No. 644 (Oct/Nov 2005), edited by Gordon Van Gelder

I don't want to admit/count the number of unread mid-2000s issues of Asimov's, Analog, and Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction currently residing on my shelves, but I'm reasonably certain at my current rate of reading I could focus just on them and not finish until sometime in early 2016. In the meantime, I will continue to chip away at them and consider each issue the equivalent of reading a short book. I enjoyed a couple of the stories, but the most interesting thing about the issue was reading a review of Night Watch, a movie I reviewed for Some Fantastic back in 2006.

I actually have one other book I've completed, but I am considering a blog post for it on the revamped -- though neglected since the summer -- Some Fantastic 2.0 site. Whether I do or not, I'll certainly include it in my next Stuff Read post.



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Feb. 19th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
I have so many friends who track their reading and set goals. I am always thinking, hm maybe i should do that too!

Then I realize I am too lazy!

I do have the Goodreads app on my phone. I try and remember to mark down books I have read.

But then I always feel this guilt, like I need to write a review. Then that makes me feel like I am back in grad school. Then I don't want to do it.

Plus there is the issue that I frequently read just parts of a book and move on, and I like re-reading books as well.

Oh! Pressure!

I can't take it LOL
Feb. 23rd, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
I've been tracking my reading online for a number of years now. It's not to make sure that I reach a particular goal; rather, I like having a written record of what I've read, and referencing it to see what sort of reading patterns I've developed over time.
Feb. 20th, 2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
I have those same three magazines piled up and waiting for me. I subscribed to all three back in '03, and was reading them as they came in for a few years. But then, somewhere around when my second daughter was born, I ran out of reading time. At this point, I have 4 years of all three magazines sitting unread. I've go so far as to cancel my subscriptions this past fall until I can make the time to catch up....
Feb. 23rd, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
My pile is not quite four years -- it's currently somewhere between two and three of each. I also stopped buying them when the backlog become too large to ignore. Sadly, that was in 2007. I don't know how many I knocked out during the 2008-2010 period, but this is only the second issue of any of them I've finished since I started keeping meticulous track of all my reading in the beginning of 2011.
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