I hope I am not spreading myself too thinly. There’s not much of me to go round. But I have recently joined Goodreads (see sidebar) after prevaricating for a while. I decided I needed to broaden my horizon and find some recommendations for books from outside my narrow social circle. I particularly like recommendations of books that are free, such as those on Project Gutenberg, but I don’t want to be seen as a mean old-fashioned fuddy-duddy who only likes dead authors because they don’t need to get paid. I read books by living authors too. Short ones. I’ve started a few trilogies and quartets and even a dodecameron but I’m still stuck in the middle of them. So short single-volume novels are best.
I’m a bit lonely on Goodreads, so you are welcome to befriend me there.
I find it quite useful to be able to keep track of what I’m reading there because I have a tendency to get distracted and forget. I also like the way Goodreads allows you to consult public opinion rather than rely on the marketing of publishing companies. I have a sceptical relationship with publishers. Of course, I love the way they publish books for us to read. Especially short ones. But I sometimes get really frustrated by their policies and their marketing tactics.
One of the things that really frustrates me with publishers is the tendency to publish unwieldy versions of books I really want to read. I like books to be light and portable. I love ebooks. I hate hardbacks. I really hate so-called trade paperbacks, which have all the inconvenience of hardbacks without the durability.
I am really grateful for computers, digital text and the iphone.
But I don’t want to sound like a geek. I really need some friends.
Oh, but I nearly forgot to mention. I do have one friend. She may be a nerdy blood-sucking phlebotomist but at least she likes me for who I am and not just because I’m willing to post a link to her populist feature on vampire novels.