Saturday, April 20, 2019

If On a Winter's Night a Traveler Tag

  • I came across this in the Goodreads Quotes section and it made me laugh, so I clicked on it. Today it popped up on my blog, and I thought, "It's a tag!" So credit to Italo Calvino for this one. Feel free to borrow, use, adapt, share, etc.


  • Sections in the Bookstore:
  • (for my purposes I'm going to do "sections in my Goodreads TBR list")

  • Books you haven't read: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Olivier. I've liked her other books. I should read this, right?
  • Books you needn't read: Fray by Josh Whedon Given recent conversation about Whedon's issues, I can skip this one.
  • Books Made for Purposes Other than Reading: Show-Off: How to Do Everything, One Step at a Time by Sarah Hines Stephens  I don't know if that's what this category means, exactly. 
  • Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written: Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects on Raising Internationally Adopted Children by Cheri Register This was another challenging category to interpret, but I'm taking it as a book I've lived myself.
  • Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read but Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered: Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years by Margaret Mead I've had this on my TBR since my TBR was notes scratched on the back of a receipt when I found something good in the bookstore. I just don't feel like it's every going to rise to the top of the list though.
  • Books You Mean to Read but There Are Others You Must Read First: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens I had it on hold at the library once too, and still didn't get to it. But I will!
  • Books Too Expensive Now and You'll Wait 'til They're Remaindered: Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy I only buy for my classroom, and I'm not convinced enough kids are desperate for this one to shell out full price. 
  • Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback: The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson Such a clever category title! And truly, I feel less of a need to get this in hardback (remaindered) than the previous title. 
  • Books You Can Borrow from Somebody: Becoming by Michelle Obama`Right? Everyone has a copy of this.
  • Books Everybody Has Read so It's As If You Had Read Them, TooI'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara Her persistence led to the capture of the Golden State Killer! 
  • Books You've Been Planning to Read for Ages: A Heart for Any Fate by Linda Crew  This has been on my TBR since 2010, and it's been sitting on the coffee table for a few months now.
  • Books You've Been Hunting for Years Without Success: The Merry Baker of Riga by Boris Zemtzov I've had a number of good pieragi and cups of coffee at the Jautrais Maiznieks, and would love to read this memoir by its owner.
  • Books Dealing with Something You're Working on at the Moment: Parenting in the Eye of the Storm by Katie Naftzger About the challenges of parenting adopted teens, of which I have two as of Wednesday. 
  • Books You Want to Own so They'll Be Handy Just in Case: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr (or any of the Not So Big House books!)
  • Books You Could Put Aside to Read Maybe in the Summer: A Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin I can only get through these doorstops when I have some time off. 
  • Books You Need to Go With Other Books On Your Shelf: The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas by Ursula K. Le Guin (to go with The Unreal and the Real: The Collected Short Stories)
  • Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified: Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd by Karsten Heuer I never knew I wanted to know what it was like to be caribou until I saw this title.
  • Books Read Long Ago, Which It's Time to Re-read: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera I last read this in the spring of 1990. 
  • Books You Have Always Pretended You Read, and Now It's Time to Sit Down and Read Them: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens I read a lot of Dickens in my pretentious youth, but somehow did not read this most classic of classics. 

  • Which of those categories made you laugh? Which immediately brought a title or two to mind? I loved the phrase "but unfortunately your days are numbered," and I knew right away that I could borrow Becoming from any number of people. 





    • Remove this quote from your collectionItalo Calvinoa
      “Sections in the bookstore

      - Books You Haven't Read

      - Books You Needn't Read
      - Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
      - Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
      - Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
      - Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
      - Books Too Expensive Now and You'll Wait 'Til They're Remaindered
      - Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
      - Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
      - Books That Everybody's Read So It's As If You Had Read Them, Too
      - Books You've Been Planning to Read for Ages
      - Books You've Been Hunting for Years Without Success
      - Books Dealing with Something You're Working on at the Moment
      - Books You Want to Own So They'll Be Handy Just in Case
      - Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
      - Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
      - Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
      - Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time to Re-read
      - Books You've Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It's Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them”
      ― Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

7 comments:

  1. It makes me sad that Vanishing Girls didn't get much attention, because I loved it. It was suspenseful, complicated, and surprising. Note: I have never read I'll Be Gone in the Dark. I feel so out of touch, because I don't even know the book.

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  2. I’ve been putting off A Feast For Crows because it’s big, and I don’t have time for it. I need to read I’ll Be Gone In The Dark and Where The Crawdads Sing too.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Oh, fun tag! I was confused at first about where you meant that you got these categories, so I was glad that you added the image at the bottom so I could see exactly what you meant. These are definitely creative categories (and would be interesting sections of the bookstore)! I love that most of the sections are books that you're basically not planning to read/buy. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Oh, and now I'm scared to find out what Joss Whedon's "issues" are because I love most of what he does and I ADORE the Buffy universe. :-0

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  4. Both the question and the answer to Books You Could Put Aside to Read Maybe in the Summer, because I certainly have never, ever done that with Feast for Crows. ;)

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  5. This is too fun. I will have to come back soon and do this tag.

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  6. Hah! Books you've pretended to read. I barely skimmed most of my required high school reading, but I don't often tell people I've read those. I did to get through the class, but it hasn't come up since then. Fun post!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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