Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Reading Envy 035: Speed Dating Books

Surprise! This is an extra special bonus episode. Sometimes my books start to overwhelm me and I do what I can to get some of them out the door. I had been tweeting about the most recent round of book speed dating and decided I felt like talking more about it than a series of 140 character tweets. I recorded this episode at a table for one at the Reading Envy Pub.  Join me!

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Books mentioned:

The Fall of the Towers by Samuel R. Delany
Slant by Greg Bear
Running in the Family by Michael Onjaatje
Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
Are You Somebody? by Nuala O'Faolain
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
The Revolutions by Felix Gilman
The Royal Physician's Visit by Per Olov Enquist
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
A Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri by David Bajo
Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
The Famished Road by Ben Okri

Other mentions:
The Original Reading Envy Speed Dating Project (with rules)
Speed Dating Round Two
Speed Dating Round Three
Speed Dating Round Four
Book Lust by Nancy Pearl
Greenville Literacy Association
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Toast by Nigel Slater (it does exist!)
The Book of Daniel by E.L. Doctorow
Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow
City of God by E.L. Doctorow

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  1. Another great episode and a great idea. I use my TBR shelf the same way you do and am facing a similarly ridiculous number of future reads. I only wish I could release back into the wild the books I won't ever read, but I look at them and still think I'll find time to read them all. I'll only have to live another 183 years or so to get to them all. That's possible, right?

    1. Ty! You should do this and come on the podcast to talk about the books you released into the wild. I can almost guarantee you that you have books that you not only will never read, you priababy have some you might not even like! It's pretty liberating. Start small, maybe 10, and see how it goes.

    2. That's something I'll have to think about. When I have some time I'll drag some of the boxes of books out of my closet. Yes, I don't even have enough shelves for the books I own and have to store them in boxes in my closet...and the guest room closet...and the garage. Why do so many books have to look good when I'm wandering through bookshops? I swear I have a problem. Anyway, I'll think about it and then think about the podcast. I've never been on one and it might trigger all kinds of social phobias I have, but I am intrigued by the possibility, and if I was going to come on anyone's podcast, it would be your's.

    3. No pressure, of course. Maybe you just need a librarian and some extra shelves! :)

    4. A librarian and some extra shelves would be wonderful. A huge upgrade to my life. :-)


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