I really do want to include books as a main feature of this blog, but I am not one for traditional book reviewing. I just don’t know what to say. Reading is such a personal pastime and I hate the idea of coloring someone’s opinion of a book with a “formal” review. There, I said it. I avoid looking at reviews of any kind until I have finished a book, especially a novel. But… I love to talk about books. I love to look at books and look through books and look at websites about books. I am a scattered and somewhat frenetic, though quite purposeful, author of lists regarding books: to read, to add to my library queue, to buy next time I see a copy used, to recommend to a friend, to suggest at book group, on and on and on we go. My desk has a perpetual dusting of post-its and easily three-quarters of them have a note about a book or author.
So, how to incorporate my love of books into this site? The quick answer is that I will talk often about buzz. I love book gossip. Ooh, did you see that there’s a new book out by Alexandra Fuller and it looks really good? Did you know that Donna Tartt writes a novel once every nine years and it has been eight years since The Little Friend? (fingers crossed, fingers crossed!) Did you see the Booker shortlist? In some ways, I could make the argument that I enjoy the anticipation of a book as much or more than the act of reading it. A very dangerous statement, indeed, as I consider myself a true reader and bibliophile– books are sacred space. But book buzz is to me as TMZ and People magazine are to someone who likes celebrity gossip. I almost fainted the first time I discovered The Millions.
So, let’s start with some gossip, some buzz. I am currently reading Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder; it is good not great, and it is the first of her novels I will read through. This might shock some folks, but I like a bit more edge to my fiction, some bite. I am almost literally salivating about the forthcoming release of The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, which will be out on October 11th. Oh! How am I possibly expected to wait that long?! I am also really looking forward to reading The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, out now and receiving great critical praise (just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean I don’t pay attention…), and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, billed as “if you like Geek Love, try this”. Um, okay.
What are you buzzing about?