Reading Hard Stuff

sleepersHaving just finished Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra, I was eager to see what others thought of the book.  I discovered an interesting phenomenon.  Some people enjoyed the book but gave it a low rating because of the dark and disturbing subject matter.  Others did not enjoy the writing, but gave it high marks because of the dark and disturbing subject matter, the thinking being that if it’s a true story and it makes you uncomfortable, it has to be “good.”  I think I fall somewhere in the middle.

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Independent Book Blogger Awards

Hey Everybody,

Goodreads asked me to enter our humble little blog in this Independent Book Blogger Awards contest.  So I have.  The first round is audience voted in, and then a panel of judges picks the winner.  There are four categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult & Children’s, and Publishing Industry.  I categorized us as “Adult Nonfiction” because we don’t really fit any of the categories (we also break most of the rules and will probably be kicked out immediately). Continue reading