Reading through the BS (bullshit) is my book review blog.

My parents made reading a priority in our house and for that I am forever grateful. My dad says that when I was born he was reading “The Brothers Karamazov.” This may have been what initially doomed me to nerdom. My mother played a hand in this as well, taking me to the library for story time before I could even sit-up. Hey, let’s admit it, I was wearing glasses when I was four years old.  Becoming a reader only made sense.

Over time, I have learned to embrace my excessive reading habits and now I am thinking if I read this much why not recommend books. Or more importantly save others from that really awful book that I threw across the room after suffering through 400 pages.  So reading through the bullshit is my way of helping the world become a better place, okay so it is all I’ve got people. Later I will save the world in a more constructive way but for now…

So, I will write about the books I have read.

I have a fifty page rule. Reading should be fun so if I am still slogging through a book at 50 pages, wishing I was doing anything else with my time, then I stop and pick up another book.  For those books I will just keep a running list under the “50 page fail” section.

You will not see a lot of nonfiction, I am always very disappointed in myself for this – but going back to my previous statement reading should be fun.

If you have thoughts, reading suggestions or just disagree with my opinions I would love to hear from you. Otherwise, happy reading.

31 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mark  |  June 20, 2011 at 3:49 am

    cool blog. If I could read I would read all of these books

    • 2. Emily C  |  October 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      That is why you are the pretty one in this relationship my dear.

  • 3. Emma  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    It is so great that you are blogging. To benifit from your extensive knowledge will give me much more time to do other things. Free from the B.S. I shall change the world!…..or maybe just catch up on all the episodes of Glee that I’ve missed.
    Thank You Emily.

    • 4. ecrabtree1974  |  June 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      I am so excited about our changing the world adventures. If I had known it was this easy to change the world I would have started blogging long before.

  • 5. yepindeed  |  November 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

    “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
    Emilie Buchwald

    Thanks for checking out my blog–I’m loving yours here! I can totally identify with your 50 page rule–life is too short to read bad books! I hate when people try to give me grief over it–my list of ready-to-read is way too long to be wasting time on crapola!


    • 6. Emily C  |  November 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      That is a great quote and exactly right. And yes, life is too short to not get to the next good book.
      Your blog is really fun and I just “followed” it (which I am making a verb apparently). Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  • 7. Michelle  |  November 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Emily. I’ve nominated you for the Liester Blog Award. You can find my post about it here: http://booksandboston.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/the-liebster-blog-award/

    • 8. Emily C  |  November 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Wow, that is very kind of you and unexpected. I will have to check it out. Have a nice rest of your weekend.

  • 9. Rachel Steiner  |  November 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I love your 50-page rule. I also give up on books pretty easily (life is too short!) but never thought of codifying it. 🙂

    • 10. Emily C  |  November 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

      I will admit that I don’t stick to the 50 page really all the time but I am trying to get better about breaking up with a book when I don’t enjoy it. Thank you for your comment and for stopping by my blog- happy reading!!

  • 11. patebooks  |  January 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Thanks, Emily, for checking out my blog, On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever.
    I’m enjoying yours, as I see we have similar tastes. I have a 30-page or 30-minute rule because life is too short for bad books!
    Cheers, Nancy Pate

    • 12. Emily C  |  January 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

      I agree, life is too short for bad books. Thank you for stopping by and for the comment.

  • 13. Pasta Princess  |  January 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Hi Emily 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog and for the “like” 🙂 I’m going to have a look around your blog – reading is one thing I love and have neglected for awhile. It seems sometimes life gets too busy and now I need to take the time and curl up with a good book!

    • 14. Emily C  |  January 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Cooking is my other passion besides reading and your blog has some beautiful food photos and recipes. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  • 15. jbdatko  |  January 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    According to Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse 5), “everything there is to know in life comes from the Brothers Karamazov,” so that’s not a bad way to start one’s life.

    I see your a fan of Margaret Atwood, I’ve been trying to get around to the Handmaid’s Tale for awhile. I’ll bump it up a few spots in my queue for you 😉

    • 16. Emily C  |  February 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      I think Vonnegut was probably right. I hope you enjoy Atwood as much as I do. Thank you for the comment.

  • 17. Diana Garner  |  March 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I love your fifty page rule, I may have to adopted it. I can’t tell you how many times I have suffered through a book thinking “This has to get better, it just has to.” Never again! Beyond that, I really like what you have going on here. I shall be stopping by again 😀

  • 18. popsiculture11  |  March 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I like it! Although, I’m the type of person who has to finish a book even if the first 50 pages suck. I always have hope that it will get better, but it usually doesn’t.

    • 19. Emily C  |  March 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

      I completely understand that hope. And that is why I do not stick to the 50 pages rule as much as I would like to pretend I do. Thank you for stopping by.

  • 20. Broadcast Belle  |  May 2, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Hello Emily. Have you read The Reader? It’s quite a good book.

    • 21. Emily C  |  May 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      I have read “The Reader” and I agree. It was a good book. I think Bernard Schlink is a great writer. Please let me know if you have other suggestions, I am always looking for books to add to my “to read” list.

  • 22. popsiculture11  |  May 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Emily! I love your blog and just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please check out my blog for the rules here http://popsiculture.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/you-like-me-you-really-really-like-me/

    • 23. Emily C  |  May 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you for the nomination – that was really nice of you. I love your blog as well. Best of luck!!

  • 24. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.  |  November 11, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Great blog and thanks for mentioning me – I appreciate your kindness.

    • 25. Emily C  |  November 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Of course! Thank you for reading my blog.

  • 26. chloemetzger  |  June 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Lovely blog! Thanks for the follow will be following back! 🙂

    • 27. Emily C  |  June 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Thank you for stopping by! Happy Reading!

      • 28. chloemetzger  |  June 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

        You too! Love the 50 page rule! 🙂

  • 29. calehpatterson  |  January 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I’m nominating you for a Liebster Award! I really enjoy your book reviews. See my blog for how to accept the reward. https://avasefullofdaisies.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/liebster-award.

    • 30. Emily Swanson  |  January 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Wow thank you so much for thinking of me. I will check it out!!!

  • 31. marilee  |  October 5, 2020 at 11:58 pm


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