Thursday, August 9, 2012

Some books I've been "reading"

Lately, I have been consuming alot of information by audiobook.  The library where I work has several books on CD as well as access to OverDrive, an online audiobook lending service.  This is wonderful since I do not have TV ... but I think I should pull back a bit because I am not getting much quiet anymore since I have to finish a book by its due date or it will automatically delete itself from my smartphone!!!

I try to review the books I read at Goodreads.  I usually just give a personal opinion about the book, but sometimes I make it more of an overview of the book.

Here are a few of my audiobook reviews:
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Shakespeare: The World as Stage Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting overview of what we know about the man Shakespeare and his writings and how much we think we know. :) I like Bill Bryson's style of reading his own books. He writes in a very journalistic style with many odd and amusing tidbits all along the way.


Bleak HouseBleak House by Charles Dickens

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw the BBC miniseries on this book and thought I would like to get the full story. I also saw how thick it was, so I decided to borrow the 30+ hour audio book from my library.

This is a very intricate story about a court case about inheritance (Jarndyce & Jarndyce) and the many people whose lives are affected by it to some extent. This is also a story about a young lady named Esther who is not directly affected by the case, but her story intertwines with many people who are. There are innumerable secondary characters who are quite interesting or revolting in their own various ways. As well as a multitude of sub-plots intertwining it all together.

I am glad that I listened to it or I may not have finished it very quickly. It took me 9 months to read The Count of Monte Cristo and only 2 weeks to get through this one.


Torrent (River of Time, #3)Torrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Sickly sweet romance, Blah!! I don't know how the main character survived to the end, she was not cautious or wise in many of her decisions. Of this series, I loved the first one, thought the second was ok, and hated the third.


Mansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I believe that I have now read or listened to all of Miss Austen's completed works.

This is not my favourite, but it was a decent story although slightly tedious. Fanny's not my favourite, but that's probably because we are not very much alike. I liked how it showed the difference between the great house at Mansfield and Fanny's parents house and the interaction of the people who lived in each house.


Johnny TremainJohnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I liked the time setting, but I could not like Johnny. If I cannot like the main character, I find it difficult to think the book is good. I felt like the story ended without concluding.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Library 2.0 : Week 8

This is the last week of the Library 2.0 course and then this blog gets a new lease on life (if I have time). :)

Our topic this week is Productivity Tools.  This brings all the other modules together.  The module introduced several ideas for collaboration.  From sharing documents using GoogleDocs or Drop Box (both services which I was already utilizing to some extent) to online tools to help organize meetings to creating your very own Dash Board (the activity I chose for this week).

I originally planned on using iGoogle, but since this service will be terminated in just over a year, I decided to set up a Netvibes account.  This was very straightforward.  I choose my theme as "Libraries".  In hindsight, I probably do not need a theme as I deleted most of the widgets they put on my profile page.  I then added several of the Web 2.0 tools we have learned about in the course as widgets.  I added Twitter, Delicious, e-mail, and Facebook feeds and also added news and weather feeds.  I look forward to playing around with this and will enjoy having a one stop place for several Web 2.0 tools and services.  Yeah!


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