Real Name
Philip Tatler
About My Library
For 2008, I'm trying to read a helluva lot more than I did last year. Thanks to working two jobs, I think I only squeezed in about a dozen complete books.

To add to my already over-ambitious list of 50+ books for the year, I want to try and add a poorly written review for each book I finish.

I'm going to evaluate what I read based on three criteria:

- the quality of the writing (* being your average self-help guru, ***** being Dostoyevsky)

- the entertainment/enlightenment value of the story [* being the average self-help book, ***** being The Brothers Karamazov]

- the reread-ability of the story.

Only those I perceive to be true classics will get the five-star treatment. There are plenty of books I love which I'll have to concede a three- or four-star rating due to technical or creative failings (Pamela Frankau's Wreath for the Enemy springs to mind immediately as one of these).
About Me
Currently reading:
Travels With Robert Louis Stevenson: An Inland Voyage; In the South Seas; Across the Plains. 3 vol. set

Still need to finish reviews for:
Never Let Me Go
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The Remains of the Day
The Wind in the Willows
Travels With A Donkey
The Complete Short Stories of Graham Greene

Put down, but will reattempt soon:
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
An Alphabet for Gourmets
Things Fall Apart
Bee Thousand
Travels With Charley
Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truth-Telling by Alan Jacobs
Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster

Optimistic/Completely Unrealistic Reading List for 2008:
Up at the Villa
Remains of the Day *
The Snow Leopard
Finn Family Moomintroll
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis (reread)
(more to come...)

* Mission Accompished
Knoxville, TN

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