The Method to My Madness, Part 1: Reading

In order to document the circumstances leading to my reading choices, each post on this blog that reviews a book will open with the following information:

  • When purchased: I’m embarrassed by how long I’ve had some good reads propping up proverbial and literal table legs
  • Where: This tidbit often reveals how desperate I was to get my hands on a particular title
  • Why: Displays, interviews, shelf talkers, store newsletters, personal recommendations, and brazen advertisements all conspire to the continual blowing of my book budget
  • How Read: The amount of time I spend consuming a book is definitely a factor in how I reflect on my overall experience—did I devour or slog?

Then I’ll write a few paragraphs describing my impressions, before closing with a rating based on this conceit:

From the Stack to the…

  • Top Shelf: A keeper; something to be read repeatedly and reverentially recommended to Those Who Will Understand
  • Middle Shelf: A decent diversion or source of information
  • Bottom Shelf: Happily handed off to a friend or acquaintance, and not missed if not returned
  • Bargain Bin: To be recouped at a secondhand shop for credit or donated to the local library sale

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