Monday, January 18, 2010

ReBooWee week 7: How Do You Judge a Book?

Post by NCW member Laura Bridgwater

Heading out to purchase a farm and raise dogs after reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski this week. And I don't even like dogs. Or farms.

I judge a book not by its cover but by how it makes me feel. Like how I still want to raft the Mississippi after reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Can people still do that?

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer made me want to take a hike and Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen made me want to wash my hair in the river (Or was that just the movie version? In that case, Robert Redford made me want to wash my hair in the river…)

Next week I’m planning on re-reading an old favorite—The World According to Garp by John Irving. If memory serves me, I hate to think what this book might inspire me to do.

What books have made you want to train dogs, spend a summer on a raft, breath bottled oxygen, have public displays of nudity, or other behaviors you might not usually engage in? How did your ReBooWee book make you feel?

Laura Bridgwater is a freelance writer and radio commentator from Colorado. Listen to her latest commentary at


Kay Theodoratus said...

I keep my reading efforts simple.

If a book bores me, it goes on the trade pile before I finish it.

Of course, it might go on the trade pile after I finish it too.

Mason Canyon said...

I hate to admit it, but I didn't finish any books last week. I'm reading "The Bone Chamber" right now and loving it. It's very intense in places so I've had to leave off my other reading and focus on it. It's been a very good read so far.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Last week I read Deon Meyer's "Devil's Peak." It made me not want to be a cop in South Africa. :) Great writing, top-notch thriller, kinda scary.

Around the World in 80 Days made me want to ride in a hot air balloon. Each time I've had the chance, however, I've chickened out.

Kerrie said...

Mason, I am with you. I am having a heck of a time finishing. I am still reading The Time Travelers Wife--which at times is hard to keep straight in my head, but I do like it.

TO answer Laura's question, It makes me very glad I live my life in a linear time frame.

Also when I was a kid, I loved the Chronicles of Narnia and I really wanted my closet to take me on adventures in another world.

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