So Many Books, So Little Time is my first read of 2010 and also the first book I have read for a challenge, namely The 2010 Bibliophilic Books Challenge.
I enjoyed Sarah Nelson´s reading memoir, but despite the many comments she made about reading habits and behaviour that I could completely relate to, I did not love this book. I really wanted to, it seemed like every bookworm´s bible.
Nelson is at her best when discussing reading habits such as tbr piles that are falling over, ignoring overhyped books until no one is reading them anymore, choosing books because they call to her, and anxiety over books recommended by good friends. She is no snob and never reverts to preaching and she seems like a likeable person. But even though I could relate to her when it comes to reading behaviour and though she divulged all kinds of personal information, I did not feel close to her. Another problem for me are the books she read. Many of them I have never heard of before and don´t plan to read them anytime soon, which is kind of sad because I´m usually jumping at reading suggestions. That however is really not her fault, it just seemed to create a space between us.
There is one faux-pas I cannot forgive, especially since she is a fellow readaholic and should know better: Nelson gives away the ending of many books! I hate when people do that with classics, and just assume everyone has read them all already. But The Crimson Petal and The White (which I actually want to read sometime)? It´s not that this makes me not read them but still, I want to find out myself.
It was interesting to get an insight into the publishing industry and what a difference it can make to have the chance to read a book without being influenced by the cover.
This is still a book I´d recommend to other bookworms and I know many people loved this book. Best ignore my nagging and give it a try!