Saturday Review of Books: December 12, 2009

“No book is… serviceable until it has been read and reread, and loved and loved again, and marked, so that you can refer to the passages you want in it, as a soldier can seize the weapons he needs in a n armory, or a housewife bring the spice she needs from her store. Bread of flour is good, but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book.”~John Ruskin

What books do you own that, like the Velveteen Rabbit (the toy not the book), have been loved to death? Several of my Madeleine L’Engle paperbacks are looking rather disreputable. My copies of The Three Musketeers and of The Robe are coming apart, and I’ve gone through more than one paperback copy of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. I do have hardback copies of the latter trilogy that I am careful to try to keep in good condition.

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Review of Books.

Here’s how it usually works. Find a review on your blog posted sometime this week of a book you’re reading or a book you’ve read. The review doesn’t have to be a formal sort of thing. You can just write your thoughts on a particular book, a few ideas inspired by reading the book, your evaluation, quotations, whatever.

Now post a link here to the specific post where you’ve written your book review. Don’t link to your main blog page because this kind of link makes it hard to find the book review, especially when people drop in later after you’ve added new content to your blog. In parentheses after your name, add the title of the book you’re reviewing. This addition will help people to find the reviews they’re most interested in reading.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

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1. SuziQoregon (A Killing Frost)
2. S. Mehrens, Library Hospital (The Racketty-Packetty House)
3. SuziQoregon (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
4. S. Mehrens, Library Hospital (Rilla of Ingleside)
5. gautami tripathy (Midwife of the Blue Ridge )
6. gautami tripathy (The Road )
7. gautami tripathy (The Scottish Thistle )
8. Framed (Ender’s Shadow)
9. Framed (A Redbird Christmas)
10. Seth – Collateral Bloggage (Because of Winn-Dixie)
11. Seth – Collateral Bloggage (Breathless)
12. Across the Page (Orthodoxy)
13. FleurFisher (Castle Dor)
14. FleurFisher (London War Notes)
15. FleurFisher (Little Indiscretions)
16. DebD (The Book of Tobit)
17. Lazygal (Nation)
18. Lazygal (Lit)
19. Lazygal (The Way We Were
20. Jolanthe {25 Days, 26 Ways}
21. WordLily (Ghost Writer by Rene Gutteridge)
22. WordLily (A Victorian Christmas)
23. melydia (Cloud Atlas)
24. Bride of the Water God Vol. 1 & 2
25. Nicola (Old Peter’s Russian Tales)
26. Nicola (Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall)
27. Nicola (Ghosts of the Civil War)
28. Nicola (The Private Patient)
29. Nicola (Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom)
30. Hope(The Wooden Horse)
31. Molly (Christmas Cookie Club)
32. Darla D (Memory in Death)
33. Darla D (Tsubasa, Vols 6 and 7)
34. Darla D (The Dying Breath)
35. Darla D (Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand)
36. Darla D (One More Bite)
37. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Christmas read-alouds and a GIVEAWAY!)
38. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (The Romance of a Christmas Card)
39. Girl Detective (The People on Privilege Hill)
40. S. Krishna (Everyone Else’s Girl)
41. S. Krishna (Twenties Girl)
42. S. Krishna (In the Kitchen)
43. S. Krishna (Mennonite in a Little Black Dress)
44. S. Krishna (Fallen)
45. S. Krishna (Pirate Latitudes)
46. S. Krishna (Tales of Beedle the Bard)
47. S. Krishna (Lovestruck Summer)
48. S. Krishna (Angel Lane)
49. S. Krishna (Teashop Girls)
50. Homespun light (Comfort)
51. Melanie (You want me to do what?)
52. Melanie (The Blythes are Quoted)
53. Melanie (Dog who came in from the cold – online novel)
54. Melanie (Handful of YA titles)
55. Reading to Know (Choosing Gratitude)
56. Reading to Know (Franklin & Winston: An Intimate Look at an Intimate Friendship)
57. 5M4B (My Father’s Paradise)
58. 5M4B (Candor)
59. 5M4B (Watch Over Me)
60. 5M4B (Baking)
61. 5M4B (Gifting the Classics)
62. 5M4B (The House in Grosvernor Square)
63. 5M4B (Big & Busy Ocean)
64. Jennifer (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer)
65. DHM (Nickle and Dimed VS Scratch Beginnings)
66. Wayside Wanderer (Ellen Foster)
67. Alyssa (Christmastime)
68. Alyssa (Holly Claus)
69. Alyssa (Penguin’s Special Christmas Tree)
70. Maureen E (Riddle of Stars)
71. Maureen E (Tender Morsels)
72. Maureen E (Arabella)
73. Lisa (Rooftops of Tehran)
74. Benjie (The Mudhogs)
75. Benjie (Living Rich for Less)
76. Benjie (Called to Love)
77. Jen Robinson’s Book Page (Mysterious Benedict Society Prisoner’s Dilemma)
78. Maureen E (Fire–McKinley and Dickinson)
79. Maureen E (The Faery Reel)
80. Maureen E (The Winter Prince)
81. Jill (Written in Bone)
82. Nancy (On Angel Wings)
83. Diane (Amen, Amen, Amen)
84. Diane (Finding Grace)
85. Beth (The Pioneer Woman Cooks)
86. Diary of an Eccentric (The Girl on Legare Street)
87. Diary of an Eccentric (Being Written)
88. The Anchoress (Bread on the Table)
89. Glynn Young (Pursuit and Persuasion)

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5 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: December 12, 2009

  1. It really bothers me when a book I like gets into disrepair. I don’t dog-ear pages, I don’t stress the spine. I remove hardcover dust jackets to protect them from incidental tears. And for someone with a very questionable record of fastidiousness, I find this fairly surprising even to myself.

  2. Some of my CS Lewis nonfiction is pretty marked up and dog-eared. Same with Madeleine L’Engle and Oswald Chambers.

    The narrator in 84 Charing Cross Road loves signs of previous readers in 2nd-hand books. Signs of my own wear make me think fondly of a book as “real,” but I like used books to be clean as a rule… except for the occasional telling inscription from a previous reader.

    Another blogger I know makes beautiful homemade covers for books in disrepair.

  3. Oh yes, Lord of the Rings trilogy gets a lot of love here, as well as Lewis’ Perelandra. Frederick Buechner’s A Sacred Journey is beginning to show its age and usage as well.

    Thanks for this question. I enjoy thinking over books I love.

  4. I’m very careful with my books – so careful, in fact, that I’ve had people decide not to borrow them lest they get returned in less than perfect condition. Having said that, some of my older books (from my childhood) aren’t in pristine condition but that was more from original misuse than constant re-reading.

  5. I love my much-read,much-loved copy of Jane Eyre. The hard cover book has become supple with time, but not quite dilapidated.

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