Not always happy but always happy to be Catholic.
Thank the Lord I'm not the only one that hated Catcher In The Rye. It's excellently written but that's all it is beyond watching someone whine for the length of the story while not doing anything about it for 300 pages.I don't care if that's the point of the book, I could write a book about kicking pigeons and get as much out of it. At least the pigeons would probably avoid the kick.I'd rather re-read "The Outsiders" than ever go near that book again. At least Ponyboy has a reason to be upset AND does something about it.
I've been trying to get comfortable with Goodreads. I find it so hard to navagate and connect with people there. I'm not sure I understand the point of the forum. Is it just to post one's opinion of books they've read? One can have a personal blog just for that, as I do. I like to internact with people on a forum like that. In theory I should like Goodreads, but it feels so isolated there.
Goodreads for me serves a dual purpose. I use it to keep track of my progress in books and, as I go, I make notes or comments that I can pick up later to use for reviews if I want.Secondarily, when you are at your "Home" you can see the Updates in the left-hand side of anyone you are friends with or whose reviews you follow. This is the area that makes it come alive for me. Some people don't do book updates or reviews and simply give star ratings to their books. Honestly, those people (with just a couple exceptions) are not "top friends" for me. I keep my updates feed to my top friends ... and so I see their reviews, other reviews they have "liked," what they put on their "to read" list and more. I wind up dropping in and out of conversations that way and finding books I'd never come across otherwise.Not sure if that is of any help ... :-)
You can't go wrong with Alan Dean Foster. I've read the Spellsinger series and several other books all were well written and fast paced.