Thursday, September 4, 2014
Month in Review
I did a lot of reading this much; most of which wasn't to completion. I started and put down two books by John Green (one of which felt familiar and I may have tried to read in the past), one by Sara Zarr (which I never thought I'd do) and a book of poetry which was a bit too much 'whatever' for this neophyte.
In addition to starting and discarding lots of fiction, I also did the same with about five non-fiction books. I'm still trying to wrap my head and hands around bookbinding. I perused about six books from the library. Most all that I came across were written as text books for the aspiring professional; as such they were completely un-helpful to me. I'm not there yet, I'm a beginner trying to get my feet wet and gauge my interest. I did glean one great passage from one of the books, to paraphrase ' a text is needed to explain all the details and issues that a master craftsman may take for granted in explaining what he/she is doing.' I've been involved in music long enough to hear the truth in those words. It's why we ask questions during a lesson.
Of the books I got my hands on the two that I'm keeping--that appealed most to me and my immediate curiosity--are Bookbinding Basics by Paola Rosati, and Simplified Bookbinding by Henry Gross. If you're interested I'd say start with the former then the latter. Neither have expectations of you spending thousands of dollars or having access to professional equipment nor do they try to get you working with leather and silver filagree on page ten. And as a note to future craftsman who may think of making an instructional manual on bookbinding: The pictures really, really help.
Moving on to things I read and finished the list is unsurprisingly short. Openly Straight was fun. And I kinda loved County O by Robert Hedin and will be tracking down more of his poetry soon.
Regrets of the month: I didn't go to any event at the Decatur Book Festival, and I haven't read Lev Grossman's new book yet.
I'm pretty sure that's it. Like I said, I read a lot; I didn't finish a lot.