|Town of Telluride beneath the San Sophia ridge - you can't see it very well in this pic (our good camera died so this was taken with my cell phone!) but the ridgeline is gloriously jagged.|
|Waiting on main street for the parade to start.|
Speaking of Goodreads, I'm trying out a new approach to using the site. I adore Goodreads as an author, but after an initial flurry of rating/reviewing books back when I first joined, I quickly found that I felt pretty uncomfortable as a reader about rating books on a 5-star scale. Part of it was that I felt really awkward about rating fellow SFF authors' novels, period. But most of it was that I found it so hard to rate books on such a compressed scale. I mean, how do you rate a novel which you LOVED in spite of some hiccups of craft, compared to a book that you were deeply impressed with craft-wise but didn't actually enjoy? I kept wishing there were multiple categories to rate, like theme/craft/character/plot, and agonizing over the rating decision. For a long time I stopped rating/reviewing, or even adding books to my library on Goodreads at all. But darn it, I really like the idea of having a detailed record of what I've read...so now I'm trying a new policy. I'm still not going to rate books, but I'll mark what I'm currently reading, and when I finish, I'll leave a few sentences with my impressions of the book. I've started already with the books I read over the holiday weekend; so far, I'm feeling good about my new approach, but we'll see how it goes.