What will YOU be reading for ReadaThing/Do Nothing But Read Day?!
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#1 > I absolutely love A Walk in the Woods, it's my favourite non-article based Bryson. Absolutely hilarious! I would say it would be a good one for being stuck in a car as it wouldn't demand really intense concentration levels - good choice!
# 4> Thanks! I've heard a lot of good things about A Walk in the Woods. It's actually a recommendation from a whole bunch of LibraryThing-ers.
# 5> I'm jealous of the amount of time you have to read! Then again, I'll be at the beach, reading up a storm. How do you have so much reading time? I want to know the secret :P
ninjafinity, you could probably pull off a Do Nothing But Listen to an Audiobook Day if you'll be driving. That is if you and the people with you would enjoy that kind of thing. Hope your trip goes well regardless.
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
Cousin Rosamund by Rebecca West
Where the Apple Ripens by Jessie Kesson
The Ballad and the Source by Rosamond Lehmann
Liana by Martha Gellhorn
I do reserve the right to change any and all titles. ;-)
Last time I tried to keep books for an event, I ended up reading them before the event :) So I stopped even trying :)
Though right now I have a stack of library books that I need to get through. And if I'm lucky, I'll get an LTER book :)
Interesting too that 10 of the 25 books highlighted are sitting in my TBR pile (either literally or in the TBR pile in my mind). I'd love to try War and Peace but can't help thinking of all the other books I could read in that time; a colleague has been reading it for most of the year and after listening to her describe the experience I'm not sure my memory is up to remembering the 500+ characters.
>16 sarahmasonisgrig: Interestingly enough, I've never read any of the Harry Potter books. I started The Sorcerer's Stone when I was 8 or 9, but I found it too scary to read at that point. And now my sister owns all the books, but she's incredibly overprotective of all her books, so I'm afraid to read anything of hers.
>18 bibliobeck: Yeah, I tried my hand at War and Peace. I got about 150 pages into it before I had to return it to the library (thank the Lord!). Not only are there a ton of characters, but they all have extremely confusing, nearly unpronounceable Russian names. Eeek.
it's so funny you would say that in reference to HP. i've been a huge fan since day 1 and bought all the books except the first one on the day they were released. my younger sister never cared to read them but she's a fan of the movies. after seeing the last installment together she decided it was time to read the books (since i've been telling her all the things that are left out). she asked to borrow mine...
and i had a little freak-out about loaning them to her. i've never loaned them to anyone. i mean, how do you trust someone with a first edition Sorcerer's Stone? but i took a big girl pill and loaned it to her. with strict instruction for it's care: don't even think of messing up the dust jacket, don't bend any pages, don't use receipts for bookmarks (they have a bad tendency to bleed), and under NO circumstances let my adorable 2-yr old niece ANYWHERE near it.
my sister looked at me like i was insane and pointed out that she's never given me such rigid instructions when she left her CHILD with me. which is true and a bit embarrassing.
today, my 12 year old cousin asked if she could borrow them... and i'm having a REALLY hard time convincing myself to let her. which makes me feel ridiculous.
And the beach is a constant dilemma for me. I need to bring books to the beach, but all I can think about is Dune...
Get a e-reader -- helps with the wear and tear of books when you need to travel :)
ETA: I, like others, have arthritis in my hands that can make my arms ache so badly I'm brought to tears (as it is right now). If someone is doing something you don't like, you might consider that perhaps they have a good reason. It HURTS to hold books sometimes, especially thick ones. Which is why I have an ereader, but sometimes I'm forced to read dead tree editions.
You may, like others, have arthritis so bad it makes you cry, but the people I am referring to don't. I am referring to friends that I very politely request that they don't do that with my property - especially as I know which of my friends do and do not have arthritis. The people I tut at have no good reason, and acknowledge as such. I don't particularly expect people to assume I have a good reason for doing the things I do because I have ME, because there's no real reason why it should occur to them. I don't expect people to tiptoe around me worrying they're going to cause offence, I'll just correct them if they assume wrong.
Every time does not mean someone else's first edition or lending out. It means every time.
Re: all the discussion about treatment of books - I have to crack the spine of a book a bit in order to be able to see the pages properly, so my books always look like war casualties. Or like well-loved rag dolls. :)
Re: the original question - What I'll read will depend on book shipments, library requests, and my mood at the time.
30> Haha, people always look at me like I'm crazy because I'm holding the book barely open so I won't hurt it. I guess I should start doing this: http://boingboing.net/2010/09/06/how-to-open-a-new-bo.html
Part of me wants that seduction, because book seduction is fun, but part of me wants to read what I've got planned to read.
I'll just have to wait & see... patience is not my strongest trait.
As for the read-a-thon, not sure yet what I'll be reading but it may well be Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist or, after three renewals, the library staff will be round knocking on my door demanding it back!
probably won't help you with actual research, but it sure is a great read.
eta: now that i'm gushing about it, i might be rereading Lamb for ReadaThing... ;)
Me too. But the kindle makes it much easier when you travel (and a paper magazine/small book because they don't allow you to use the kindle during take-off and landing...)
You know - it suddenly turns out you have enough space for your gifts and luggage :) I had been known to mail books home when I had been on a longish trip. ;)
I actually remember having a ritual of "exercising the spine" when I got a new book as a child, but the point was to GENTLY open the pages at various points and SMOOTH them open so as to PREVENT cracking the spine. I've noticed that now-a-days book quality is often so poor that there is no way to open a book without "cracking" the spine somewhere—OH HORRORS!
And I had to smile reading these posts because today I bought a huge pile of books (well, actually redeemed a generous gift certificate) at a small independent bookstore and almost left a couple of the books on the shelf because they were the only copy and were slightly "damaged" (some pages wrinkled on the edge, a tiny pen mark on the page edges, but not enough to ask for a discount) . . . then decided I was being obsessive :)
Not sure if I'll read from my new pile of books or do what I SHOULD do: finish those Early Reviewer Books that I've received and haven't reviewed yet . . . I have one that's finished but the review needs to be written, one that's half-read, and a couple that I haven't even started! An embarrassment of riches right now. Too many options to touchstone, but will definitely do that as the list narrows.
Really looking forward to the reading weekend, even after realizing that the huge neighborhood Art Fair is this weekend. I might have to sneak away for a bit to check that out at some point.
Also, yes review the Early Reviewer books! The earlier you do it, the more it helps them with promotion. You did get it free, remember. ;)
Not that you can't post here as well, if you so desire... :)