Joe Queenan: My 6,128 Favorite Books – WSJ.com

By JOE QUEENAN

I started borrowing books from a roving Quaker City bookmobile when I was 7 years old. Things quickly got out of hand. Before I knew it I was borrowing every book about the Romans, every book about the Apaches, every book about the spindly third-string quarterback who comes off the bench in the fourth quarter to bail out his team. I had no way of knowing it at the time, but what started out as a harmless juvenile pastime soon turned into a lifelong personality disorder.

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If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find “reality” a bit of a disappointment.

Fifty-five years later, with at least 6,128 books under my belt, I still organize my daily life—such as it is—around reading. As a result, decades go by without my windows getting washed.

My reading habits sometimes get a bit loopy. I often read dozens of books simultaneously. I start a book in 1978 and finish it 34 years later, without enjoying a single minute of the enterprise. I absolutely refuse to read books that critics describe as “luminous” or “incandescent.” I never read books in which the hero went to private school or roots for the New York Yankees. I once spent a year reading nothing but short books. I spent another year vowing to read nothing but books I picked off the library shelves with my eyes closed. The results were not pretty. Read more…

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Book publisher to drop lawsuit against McMaster librarian – Hamilton

Posted: Mar 4, 2013 11:32 AM ET

Last Updated: Mar 4, 2013 11:36 AM ET

A U.S.-based publishing company has announced it has 'discontinued' its court case against McMaster librarian Dale Askey. A U.S.-based publishing company has announced it has ‘discontinued’ its court case against McMaster librarian Dale Askey. (Adam Carter/CBC)

A U.S.-based publishing company says it is dropping at least one of its lawsuits against a McMaster librarian after scholars across North America came to his defense.

Edwin Mellen Press (EMP) had filed two lawsuits against Dale Askey and McMaster University, claiming a total of $4.5 million in damages. Read more..

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New Bookish: Watch this site carefully if you’re Amazon, B&N or a Library – Stephen’s Lighthouse

Bookish: Watch this site carefully if you’re Amazon, B&N or a Library

A website worth keeping an eye on:

Bookish

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Editorially independent, Bookish features great content about books and authors from a variety of publishers. Bookish’s eighteen genre pages and unique topics pages feature articles, Essential book lists and other book-related stories.

Bookish, LLC was founded by Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA) and Simon & Schuster.”

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