It seems counter-intuitive in some ways to add a stack of library books to the stack of books I received for Christmas, but I thought that if I wanted to tackle my list, I should go ahead and commit to reading at least a few of the titles I mentioned last week. Yesterday I picked up the small stack pictured here, plus a book on writing, at the library. American Tabloid, Hate List, and The Knife of Never Letting Go are all part of my goals. I also picked up Shutter Island, which has long been on my TBR list, because I wanted to read it before the movie comes out in February. We saw the preview for it on Christmas Day, when we went to see Sherlock Holmes. It looks promising.
Yesterday I finished reading Ordinary Thunderstorms, by William Boyd. I had heard good things about his book Any Human Heart around the blogosphere, and when I saw the description of his latest book I jumped at the chance to get an advanced reader’s copy. I feel obligated to post my thoughts about it, but I admit they are mixed. There are some things I really liked, but there are some parts that really don’t work. I need more time to think through exactly why…also, I feel sort of bad about getting an ARC and then maybe saying it wasn’t all I thought it would be. It feels a bit like trying to judge how cute a baby is by looking at its sonogram picture. Then again, this isn’t a draft–it’s basically a finished book, except for copy editing.
How about you: if you receive ARCs, do you feel compelled to give them more positive reviews (or at least more slack) than published works?
Happy Sunday, everyone!