Monday, June 16, 2008

Sunday Salon

I know it's Monday. But my internet access is having major issues, so basically I'm trying to post when I can.

Today I'd like to talk about a little problem I have called book-a-holism. Basically, if you offer me a book, I'm going to want it. So many times I have discovered that I enjoy a book when I didn't think I would, that I simply can't refuse them.

So when Penguin Classics offered a free random book as long as you agreed to submit a review in six weeks, I was like...yeah!!!

Guess what book I ended up with? Trafalgar: An Eyewitness History. Um, ok.

Here's the book description: On October 21, 1805, Admiral Horatio Nelson dealt a crushing blow to a large French and Spanish fleet, forever dashing Napoleon’s hopes of dominating the seas. Edited by Tom Pocock, the world’s foremost authority on Nelson, this extraordinary book gathers eyewitness accounts of the historic event, many of which have never before been published. Vivid correspondence and documentation offer glimpses of history in the making, from the two-year campaign leading up to Trafalgar, to the explosive clash itself, to the aftermath of this most famous and strategically important victory.

Right, so yes I like a lot of different kinds of books, but I'm almost a hundred percent certain that this is going to be a chore to get through. And I got it two weeks ago, so I only have 4 more weeks to read it! Aaah!!

So please leave me some encouragement for making it through this book and reminding me that I'm not alone in my book-a-holism and if you have any consequences you've suffered from your book-a-holism, please share them as well. :)

(Meanwhile, I started Ink Exchange, and it's great!)


Angie said...

Oh man. I feel for you.

Today I was telling my husband that I won this book and it was one I had been wanting. His response, "What a surprise." When I asked him what he meant he told me that I was like my mom is with traveling. All you have to say to her is "go?" and she will go. So he said all someone has to say is "book?" and I'll take it. :D

good luck reading that can do it!! :)

Amy said...

Thanks Angie!

It's good to know I'm not alone! :)

Terri said...

That's why I didn't sign on for that one, I figured I'd end up with some book I had to slog through.

So what happens if you don't read/review it? Do they revoke your library card?

Heather J. said...

Oh Amy, I seriously would love to read this book! Isn't it crazy how different taste in books can be?!

I did have the sense to turn down a book today though. An online publicist asked if I would like to review a particular book (which will remain nameless here) that had to do with narcolepsy, "family secrets, hidden pasts, depression, sexuality, drugs, and adultery."

Yeah ... I had to "just say no" to that one.

But hey, if you're REALLY stuck, I'm happy to read and review this one for you!

Amy said...

Heather, I may take you up on that....that book offered to you sounds...interesting...

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Sorry about your 'puter issues. I have the first book before "Ink Exchange". What is that title? Wicked Lovely? I'll be starting on that one soon! :)

Mac said...

That sounds like a good book! But then I'm a big fan of O'Brian's Master and Commander series which references Nelson a lot.

Have you tried watching a movie from the period (Master and Commander, Horatio Hornblower, Damn the Defiant, etc) to get you psyched up to read about it?

Good luck with it!

Amy said...

Ah, Mac, good idea, I may use that. :)

thekoolaidmom said...

I am right there with ya! In fact, my book-a-holism is so bad, the TBR shelf fell at one end. It's now slanted and being supported by a file box underneath. Now, most people would take the books out, fix the shelf and neatly place them back in there... Not me. I took one look at it and realized that end now had more room for books!

I'm jealous, by the way. I still haven't gotten my Penguin book. As for yours, "You can do it!"

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