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**What book or books are you reading?
**Where are you reading? (specific or vague is fine) Posting a picture of where you will be/are reading is encouraged
**How long did you read or could you read?
**Doing anything else? food, music, listening to someone snore, watching the sun rise or set...
More Important Stuff:
**Is it a GOOD BOOK? Tell us what you thought of it...
**Did it meet or exceed your expectations? **Do you recommend it? **Was it a fast read or a thoughtful read? **Did it make you laugh or cry or "be afraid, be very afraid"? **Was it boring? **Would you read it again? **Are you going to throw it off a cliff into the sea?
We aren't expecting a full review of the book, although, that's fine... just give us a flavor of the book.. tempt us into reading it or warn us to keep clear!
and have some fun with your reading! There's going to be a good group of us reading along with you... sorta... and we'll be really quiet, except for the tapping of the keyboards as people check in.
The signup page is here: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/ReadathonNovember2011
You don't have to sign up for a time... the No Timeline Readers is further down that page.
That's the chair where I will be doing most of my reading....
That is one of my laptops where I'll be posting my notes....
That is one of the books I will be reading, Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon...
and, on the chair, in his orange & white glory, is His Royal Highness... surveying his domain.... and claiming his chair...
Hopefully, I can find some wine to go with this evening's entertainment... or a cup of herbal tea... hopefully, I can get to sit in that chair...
This ReadaThing lasts 100 hours!!
How many hours are you reading?
I am trying to finish as many of my 11 in 11 Challenge categories as I can. Below is my list of books so far –
Belshazzar’s Daughter by Barbara Nadel
Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar
Songmaster by Orson Scott Card
Sorcery & Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Language and Thought by Noam Chomsky
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Shlain
Murder of a Medici Princess by Caroline P Murphy
(Bruce's evil twin :-))
I sort of accidentally picked up Wonderstruck this morning, and since I'm only (already) half-way through (and have to do other stuff for the next hour), I suspect that's what I'll be reading first. As I mentioned in the other thread, though, I've got quite a few books in process and more (oh, so many more...) in Mount TBR, so I may be switching around. Wonderstruck goes fast, though.
I'll be reading whenever I get a chance. I want to start when the Readathing starts...we'll see what else happens. Hmmm...maybe during the next hour I'll also be making ginger cookies. I owe my parents a batch, but doubling is easy...
Arggh. No picture. Fiddle fiddle - hmmm, view source (skittles' pic worked!). Ah, wrong URL - I had the Junk Drawer page, not the real image location.
Happy reading everyone!
#7: Kitty, your lunch sounds good & I'll check out your book later... let me know if the series is a good one... although, if you are continuing to read a series, it must be...
#3: Bruce (or the evil twin)... I hope you get lots of time to read & get through as many of your books as possible!
#4: Hope your book is good, but your couch looks comfy!! Especially with the kitties!!
I've gotten a few chapters read... had to move to a different room because the television is in that room... but His Royal Highness followed with me & is sharing the couch while I read & post!!
and I got some wine & some plain nacho chips to nibble.
Happy Reading, Everyone!!
I am smack in the middle of Pride and Prejudice so I will finish that one (hopefully this evening; am loving it) and then move along to my 100 hour reading book: Sir Richard Burton's Arabian Nights: The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night.
I will be reading mainly on/in my bed and occasionally in my rocking chair with coffee, tea, toast and some meals I have prepared in advance. Most likely Abby Labby or Miss Hungry (temp name of our new kitten) will be keeping me company throughout the days and hubby snoozing next to me during the nights.
Good reads all! Should be a lot of fun.
P.S. Are we checking in at scheduled times or just whenever a good break-away in the book hits?
Half an hour reading - 1615 to 1645, Pacific time. Gotta do chores, then I'll come back and read....more in The Inheritance and Other Stories.
skittles, is it better to make a new post each time or update our original? I didn't see the question discussed, and now I'm faced with it...Well, I made a new post. If you think it would be better to update, I'll delete it and copy this stuff to the first post.
and I'm avoiding chores... gotta read some more!!!
#9: Check in when you get a break, or when you are done.... I'm popping in & out.... at least until bedtime...
ETA: I had my carpeting cleaned today so my living/dining room (where I spend most of my time) is in complete disarray - I'll post a "reading place" picture tomorrow when things are off of cardboard and put back where they belong. And, I just realized that I didn't list the books that I'm currently reading! They are
The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
The Compass of Pleasure by David Linden
Summer by Edith Wharton
The Pagan Stone by Nora Roberts
The only book I'd really like to finish is Summer, and since it's fairly short it should be do-able. I'll be reading for a good chunk of the weekend, with small "time-outs" for work, book club, Sunday Night Girls Night, and any errands that need doing. Otherwise, I should be with a book in hand!
I finished Retribution. It was a quicker read than I expected. It had some really good parts, but I didn't like it as much as some of the others in this series.
We got involved in Prime Suspect, the original, on Public Television tonight so that put me behind. Noshed on hubby's fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans & rolls. Nummy supper.
I will probably read most of the morrow excepting for during my Foreign Films class time.
See y'all then.
I want to pass it along to a dear friend when I have finished, so this ReadaThing is such a good excuse to concentrate on nothing else.
I may also read some of The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear which is exclusively about the possibilities of nonsense; but it is such a heavy tome, it stays home and I dip in and out periodically. It is one of those books that allows that. It is fabulous!
Happy reading everyone!
-Theories of International Politics and Zombies
-The Cajuns: Americanization of a People
-The Gift of Fire
-Maybe an Edgar Allen Poe tale (from his Complete Works)
-assorted assigned readings from classes, one of which is an Iranian play titled 'The Honeymoon'
Off to the kitchen...
Didn't manage to read any more - well, 15 minutes of Why Shoot A Butler? while eating dinner. More tomorrow, I hope, though I've got to do a lot of book-shuffling (someone wants to take all my mismatched shelves, so I need to get the books off them and onto the nice matched shelves that have spent the last six months in a stack near the bookcases...).
Better today though, and definitely lesson learned!
I had planned on reading for three hours, but this story had me well and truly hooked and after five hours I can tell you that The Last Werewolf is FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC! Fast, funny, biting (pardon the unintentional), wry, brains galore, I'll be posting a proper review tomorrow, right now I need to get some sleep. On the reading agenda for tomorrow, The Idea of Perfection.
I read Certain Prey by John Sandford. I hope to finish the book tonight during my evening of reading. I will post a picture tonight of my reading locations. I took some pictures when I went home at lunch but didn't have time to load them onto the computer. I hope to start reading again at 5:30 or 6:00 pm (eastern time).
Happy Reading Everyone!!
I did not realize what an 'adult' book' this actually is. No children's stories here.
Be back later. Enjoy your books.
i will be reading the second book from the children of the red king series.
Europe 7.40 pm, I just finished work and can finally join you with the reading. I'll start with The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy. It's the second book of 'The L.A. Quartet'. The Black Daliah I've already read last year. I love this serie. Ellroy is a master in describing L.A.'s life during the '40 and '50.
So for the next four hours I'll be reading, probably with a great pot of tea and some cookies next to the couch.
When I get home this evening, I will be doing more reading.... not sure what yet, but there's some good stuff in my TBR pile. I know I've got to finish Anatomy of the Castle and Totally Vegetarian but it is more scanning the second for recipes & other ideas.
I also have some fiction reads, including Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, but I'll probably be seduced by a couple of Stephanie Laurens books I have to read yet.... decisions, decisions.....
I finished Mary Boleyn: The True Story of King Henry VIII's Favourite Mistress at lunch today (hmm, touchstone says no results, must be new to the system). I have another bio of her up next, as soon as I finish The Red Pyramid.
This is where I plan to read starting off. A little messy until I am ready.
I may decide to read over here later or tomorrow.
Now here is my puppy, Samantha, who will be joining me while I read. I love her so much.
Now I am going to get my things and turn on the fireplace and start reading for one hour. I will be reading Certain Prey by John Sandford
Finding some very interesting books to check out. Oh my TBR pile will be growing again.
Ameise1; Hi. I just ordered this series. Typically I do not read books of this nature. I am much more into author bios, all of the Bloomsbury related material & authors, Viragos, & more of the Victorian type novels & classics. I read very few contemporary books. But I have been noting all of the chatter on the 'L.A. Quartet' series and thought they sounded really good for this type of book and I need a change occasionally. I hope I enjoy the series as much as you seem to be.
I have to change my reading place and will be reading now in bed (it's close to Midnight). So far, the reading is a great pleasure. On my legs our cat Stich sound asleep and on the other couch my husband gently snoring.
As I have expected the book is fabulous. Three plots in one story. Two of them are linked whereas the third one isn't showing yet a connection to the other two. Ellroy is as usually discribing pictorially all the scenes. I feel like a part of it, can smell all fragrances, hear people talking and can make out the sounds of the Jazz Clubs.
I'm really looking forward to reading more.
Enjoy your reading
What book or books are you reading? Queen by Right by Anne Easter Smith
Where are you reading?
How long did you read or could you read? My plan is to read for an hour and then see where it goes. I might continue after the hour is up just depends on how interesting the books gets.
Doing anything else? food, music, listening to someone snore, watching the sun rise or set...
Reading with my mom and of course my silly puppy.
**Sorry the photo is so big..i tried everything i could think of to make it smaller.**
I hope there's enough sunlight left to read on the porch...
I got about 30 minutes read of The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne. I'd forgotten that I had it, but it was in my TBR mountain when I went to look for a book to read. It's good & detailed. Now, I've got a chance to finish it!!
EDITED TO ADD: There's one time slot empty... any chance that someone could fill it?? 7am Sunday Eastern US Time. I really don't want to get up early.....
#47: Was Son of Neptune good?
#48: You could also try something like a light rainstorm or waves or a forest sound effects recording. I used to have a link for a site that gave you that.... but in the move & computer updating, the link has disappeared like a small piece of paper on a large desk.
This is my first time participating in this event (I signed up for the no timeline), I'm looking forward to seeing what other members are reading.
Today, I read Give Me Tomorrow by Patrick K. O'Donnell for about an hour. It's a pretty quick read so I will be finishing it tomorrow morning. After that, I'm not sure whether I should start Under the Dome by Stephen King, Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke, or Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. I guess I will see what mood I am in tomorrow.
I'll be reading If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino and Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond first. Then I'll move on to others in my TBR pile.
**Where are you reading?
I'll be splitting my time between the sofa (the bloodstains are from Halloween, not all decorations are down yet)
And my side of the bed
**How long did you read or could you read?
I don't have a set time to read, but I'll be reading as much as I can this weekend.
**Doing anything else? food, music, listening to someone snore, watching the sun rise or set...
I'll probably be listening to music or trying to ignore the tv.
Hope everyone is loving your reading! I'm happy to be participating with you all.
Howdy from Texas! :)
Besides seeing all the wonderful books everyone is reading I cracked up at the number of you reading happily along to the "sounds of gentle snoring"!!!
Incessant barking dog noises... meh - not so much.
I have managed another hour of The Court of the Air and still enjoying it.
It is a beee-aa-ut-iful sunny day here today so I may need to go for a walk soon, and find an outside spot to read a bit more - get a coffee too! I will take a photo if I do.
More happy reading everyone!!!
I'm starting off with some mindless stuff -- Talisman Ring, a novel by Georgette Heyer that I've never read -- but also have some 11 in 11 challenge books I would lurve to get finished before the year ends.
I don't have a set time to read as I have some work to do, some errands to run (cat food...) and other real life stuff, and it's all going to depend on how I feel, etc. I'll probably do the bulk of my reading on Sunday, but will spend the next few hours reading away before I sleep. It's almost midnight Friday night in NYC, and in about 30 hours, there will be a heck of a lot of noise here as they set up a watering station for the NYC marathon 2 doors away from my apartment. They haul out boom boxes and blast them so loud the windows rattle. This will be year #9...
(Bruce's evil twin :-))
Great Halloween decoration! Thank you for the explanation...I was a little scared for a moment. (Too many scary shows...)
I'm so jealous you're reading A Wrinkle in Time! Is it a reread for you?
I am also enjoying all the weather reports! It's raining here and it hardly ever rains. I'm off to read with my favorite reading background noise!
Today has been a beautiful sunshiny one where I am, but very windy so I did my morning's reading here
instead of outside. I was planning to get started on The Idea Of Perfection but I've been dipping into Fables by La Fontaine during the week so I ended up reading it through. I'll confess to buying the book for the illustrations, but the retellings of these classic fables are a real treat, written with a sharp eye and an arch sense of humour (you can almost hear the raised eyebrow). I'll start on The Idea Of Perfection tonight.
Last night I was reading til 2am. Now (Europe: Noon), I'm back from shopping groceries on our local market and will be reading for the next 4 to 6 hours (The Big Nowhere). I hope nobody (family or friends) will interup me :-).
Enjoy your reading!
(Bruce's evil twin :-))
Queued up I have the new collection of Sherlock Holmes-inspired stories, A Study in Sherlock, and Vincent Carretta's new biography, Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage. But we'll see where the mood takes me.
I'll probably be reading on the couch, with a cup of Earl Grey nearby. More later!
I have another "official" hour tomorrow morning to look forward to, but I'm sure I'll manage at least an hour tonight - as I did last night, but I kept dropping off. For next time I'm going to plan a reading day.
Now I'm off to have breakfast with my girlfriends, then going to a large church bazaar with my sister, then home to read!
Total Hours read so far: 5.5
Now off to do some Eid shopping for my daughter. Oh, no this means I will have to go to the book store. The sacrifices we make for our children! :-))
(Bruce's evil twin :-))
This is my usual winter reading place, however I was reading at my job (I'm a preschool teacher, I signed up to read when the children are napping) for most of the time it took me to finish the book...
Seasonal Reading Spot - Winter ... Perfect for winter reading, there's the window for natural light and the lamp is within easy reach for rainy or snowy days, or on cold nights when curled up with a blanket and cup of hot cocoa. The shelf at the top keeps all our current books within easy reach and there's plenty of storage below for when I need to take a break and do cross stitching or pull the laptop out from the shelf to post a review.
So far I've done two hours on the 3rd and 4th, plus some reading in the middle of last night in order to finish the book, which took me just enough time between watching the Breeder's Cup and the latest (Druitt-less) episode of Sanctuary. I haven't signed up for as much reading time this read-a-thing because of the Breeder's Cup (horses are more important *gasp*) and because I have a deadline to reach for writing a short story for a contest in my horse racing magazine, the Thoroughbred Times. The story is called In the Genes and is nearly finished. Once that's done I'll be back to the read-a-thing.
More Important Stuff:
Michael A. Martin is an AWESOME writer when it comes to Enterprise. He's had at least one non-enterprise book that I thought wasn't put together very well, but I blame his attention being on To Brave The Storm for that. He loves Enterprise and has fixed a lot of the problems that they caused with the final episode being a hologram in an episode of TNG. He has taken great care to explain away why the bridge on Enterprise is so modern compared to that of TOS, etc. And his writing is just descriptive enough to really paint the picture without being overly annoying. He doesn't dwell on the past either. In order to understand what's going on you really need to start at the beginning of his series because he won't sit for pages and tell you what happened in pages and pages of "last time on Enterprise" kind of settings. I appreciate that because it makes me feel as if he's treating me like an intelligent reader. Some people go on and on and on about things that happened before that just aren't important.
I highly recommend this one, but you'd better start at the beginning of the series if you left Enterprise with the show. I have only two complaints about it:
1) It's not long enough.
2) It's the last one.
I can never put down the Enterprise books, they're written in such a way that you really want to know what happens on the next page. Someday I hope to reread the whole series again, maybe for one of these long read-a-things.
This series has a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf. Glad I could share a bit of it with folks.... Just be prepared, it's written mostly for the Trip and T'Pol fans out there. Most everyone else kind of takes a back seat to Trip, since it was /his/ death that had to be explained away.
This book is a murder mystery. Not one of my favorites by this author but interesting in that Wilkie Collins is there to help solve the mystery. Setting is 1860's London and there are some scenes at Madame Tussaud's wax museum. I did not know that when I went to the Madame Tussaud's in Victoria B.C. that it is just like the one in London with the Chamber of Horrors, etc. But, I was very young. It also gave me some perspective on how Englander's viewed the Civil War in the U.S.
I should be finishing this one up on another hour and moving on to Green Mansions
Perfect day here in Portland OR - dark and rainy so I can have a fire in the fireplace too. Kitty loves that and so do I.
I haven't finished The Big Nowhere. The three different plots had now met each other. I'm fascinated about the angles of L.A.' life in the '50.
I love watching horse racing; I can't believe I forgot to record the Breeder's Cup! Good luck writing your story.
(Bruce's evil twin :-))
67 - jbd1, Laurie King's Russell and Holmes books are some of my favourites so I was wondering about picking this up. I don't normally like pastiches. Looking forward to your thoughts on the collection.
I got up at 6:45 am (9:45 am LT time) to get ready for an hour's reading. My OH works early on Saturdays and was already out of the house so I stayed in bed and read by lamplight with a glass of tangerine kiwi juice. Usually I read on the couch for these readathons with a pot of tea but it was so cozy in bed and I was too lazy to fiddle with making tea.
I read The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson. This is my first Stephenson read and I'm really enjoying it. I thought it was a cross between cyber and steam punk but it's not really either of these. The events take place about a hundred years in the future when nano technoloy is prevalent. The Primer is a very high tech interactive educational one of a kind book meant for the granddaughter of a lord in a social group that bases itself on the Victorians of the 1800s. But it is stolen by its creator for his daughter and in the process is stolen again and falls into the hands of a young underpriviledged girl. Stephenson has created a very interesting world.
I've got lots of running around to do today with the kids but I'm hoping to grab another hour's reading later and will be back for sure for my allotted time tomorrow morning for two hours of non-interupted reading. Bliss.
My daughter stopped by after her dentist appointment to see her puppy (the one in the picture I posted) and to give me a little Spanish quiz. She is studying to be a Spanish Teacher and will be going to Spain next year. She knows I love Spanish and took it years ago so she loves to see how little I know. Took her out to lunch and I am now home to get about 3 hours of reading in before having to go to see my niece/god-daughter play soccer.
I would love to finish the Anita Shreve book this weekend too so that I can concentrate on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which I have been reading since September.
Oh here is my reading spot now...
My dog and cat have taken over the sofa. I am sure my dog will cuddle once I sit down.
Happy Reading All!
but I'm looking forward to reading this evening... and I will post my quote from page 100...
see this thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/126352
I'm glad that everyone is having a good time despite barking, snoring & tomorrow's marathon noise....
Since last night I've read for 4 and a half hours, finishing the last 232 pages of Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. I haven't seen the movie, but from the previews I got the feeling it was going to be a scary story. I would categorize it instead as a mystery, and a terrific mystery at that.
I read on the couch and, as seen in my photo, in bed with my 2 chihuahua mutts. At one point I read while watching the Breeder's Cup and drinking Pepsi.
I love checking in and seeing what everyone else is up to. Next I'm going to read Local Girls by Alice Hoffman, one of my favorite authors.
Friday afternoon/evening I read out of my Arabian Nights for three hours. I think that everyone knows of the Shahrazad stories.
Later that evening I picked up A World of Love by Elizabeth Bowen. I really enjoy her writing. The book is beautifully written and the language has a lyrical fluidity to it that made simply the reading of it a pleasure. I was able to finish that one within my time frame and moved on to the next.
The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry; another favorite author of mine. Reading Berry is like reading poetry. His writing is so colorful and true to the subject matter. A lovely book. I finished it this morning and moved on to the next to finish up my 3 hour A.M. slot.
The next book I chose is I Will Fight No More Forever: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War by Merrill D. Beal. This is a book that I pick up every few years and is definitely close to my heart. I never fail to shed tears whilst reading it. A wonderful book and very informative; well researched. I am about halfway through the book and am continuing on with it in this time slot.
I have been reading in my rocking chair with my decaf and new kitten. She is all black, has half a tail with 5 kinks in it and my grandson named her Ninja. I have also been reading in my bed curled up with Abby Labby (whose farts have been very rank today) and Ninja and nibbling on an orange.
I will try to do better with my logging in from here throughout the ReadaThing. I am loving reading everyone's posts about their reads and the wheres, whens, and whats and occasional whys. I also have quite a wish list going already.
Happy reading all,
Because of the late hour of my shift, I'm reading in bed, with a Coca-Cola at hand and Maggie, my beloved Shih Tzu, sleeping on her side of the bed. I also signed up for reading off the timeline and put in 45 minutes this morning at the hairdresser's. I also will read as much as possible tomorrow.
Now, to the books! Happy reading, everyone!
and an extra hour of sleep!!!!!
Finished The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly which I'd started reading well before the ReadaThing started.
Now I'm alternating between Black Thunder, the latest in the Ella Clah series by Aimee & David Thurlo; Inheritance, the much anticipated final book of the series by Christopher Paolini; and finishing up Death Masks, #5 in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.
And I still have at least 5 other books checked out from the library, should I happen to get through all of that before the weekend is over, lol.
Reading.....I just love it!
I had a hard time reading for a full hour last night but I got in an hour. Then got another hour in tonight at the coffee shop until this horrible teen couple showed up and made a huge (loud) scene. It really ruined my experience as I was there to relax and read and they were making really inappropriate noises and commotions. So I returned home to put in some more time. Excited for the extra hour for daylight's saving time!
On a positive note I finally got a case for my new Nook Color but still can't choose that form of reading over my library books :p Was hoping the case would help me feel a bit more comfortable reading on an e-reader but I highly doubt it.
Hope everyone is enjoying their reading! All the book suggestions are nice to see.
And the thing about reading books before seeing a movie of them (I don't even know if there ever was a movie made of this book) is that when you are reading the book you can see in your mind's eye what everything looks like to you. Of course, when you do see the movie, nothing is as it should be. ;-)
I wish that I had never watched the movies of Tolkien's trilogy. I was so bummed; especially with Bilbo Baggins and Gollum. They just were not right. And that's all I have to say about that.
Warleader - A Blood and Tears Short Story by Joshua P. Simon,The Dress by sophie nicholls,a little magic by Valerie Gillen are the ones I am reading this weekend.So far I have read half of all of them this weekend.As you can see I like a little bit of everything.I tend to read in bed on my laptop till the wee hours of the morning.I am enjoying all of these book alot and would recommend all of them to my fellow book lovers.I have read about 15 hours since the read a thon started as of saturday night. It helped I had the day off from work and I am loving every minute of it!Happy reading to all this weekend
Moved on to Evening in the Palace of Reason by James Gaines, a TBR book that has been bugging me to read it all year. Am glad I did; it's the fascinating story of the lives & ultimate musical & cultural encounter of Bach and Frederick the Great. Very accessible; probably not for scholars, as Gaines sometimes stretches to make his points.
Started Arriving in Avignon by Daniel Robberechts, but it requires more concentration than I have late at night (it's 1 a.m. in New York, for the second time -- an extra hour of reading!) So I'll shift to the ARC of Taylor Stevens' new book, a followup to The Informationist.
Total reading time so far about 9 hours, scattered between bed, sofa & subway!
I have yet to read any Tolkien books. I look forward to it one day but I know as I read them visions from the movies will be predominant so it will be difficult to overcome that. I feel really passionate about that same concept/error with the Chronicles of Narnia books/movies.
#89 I hope you did enjoy the reading of The Brass Verdict. I loved it when I read it in 2008.
Well, yesterday evening I was reading till Midnight. Tis morning I intend to read during 2 hours.
Before I went to sleep last night I also read the first story in Perfect Lives by Polly Samson - a new-to-me author who is the latest Virago Book Club choice. Thought thw story was pretty good, certainly enough to make me want to keep reading (just as well as I've got to write a review!). Shall read a bit on the train tomorrow and try to come back here to sign off as RaT finishes - I'll be in London by then.
Now I'm going to read Empört Euch! by Stéphane Hessel (English Version Time for Outrage!)
I read another chunk of The Diamond Age and all the loose bits are starting to come together but it's still hard to see where Stephenson is going with it all. Still finding it a good read though. I thought I would want to break up my reading of it with some graphic novels I've been meaning to get to, but that didn't happen.
My favourite read over the weekend was the picturebook, I want my hat back by Jon Klassen - do take a look.
Auckland, New Zealand
Late last night I finished reading I Will Fight No More Forever and turned to Midwives. I finished that one this morning and am now in the midst of The Red Tent; really good. No duds thus far.
I read in bed last night and this morning; slept in a bit as well; making the most of that extra hour, am yet on my first cup of decaf and now ready to settle back in with The Red Tent in my rocking chair or I may take it back to bed with me. From my ReadaThing stash, I am going to pour a tall glass of Southern Sweetened Tea, grab an apple and off I go.
Enjoy your reads........so many interesting and varied books and genres. Love this thread.
Happy Reading All!
The downside of the extra hour of sleep are the early sunsets. Hate that it will be soon be getting dark at 4:30.
Just an FYI, Rain :)
#110 Our clocks went back a couple of weeks ago and it still feels weird (and a little depressing) that it's getting dark so early.
It is good!!!
I don't know if you have read Shreve previously but A Change in Altitude, to my way of thinking (and I have read most all of Shreve's work, this is her very poorest output. I found it to be boring and the writing very poor for her.
If you've not read her before please give her another chance. I have enjoyed all the rest of her works.
I went to the book page to check out your book and found the cover to look like a 'bodice-ripper' or 'rape & pillage' book. So then I went to the reviews and it seems as if this romance story is so much more than a romance story & not at all what I assumed it to be. I may have to give it a try.
So many interesting titles being read in this ReadaThing. I hate the thought of having to wait until what? February for the next one. But by the same token, that gives me more time to plan better.
Thank you to all of those who are helping out with this one and to you, skittles, for setting it up. You are a ROCKSTAR!~!
I grumphed when my then 9yo asked for the Wimpy Kid books last year as he was used to reading more challenging books, but I can see now he enjoys them as something light and easy between other books. And I'm thankful for them now as I watch my 7yo raid his big brother's shelves for interesting looking books. And my 7yo has realized I'll let him get away with going to bed a little later if he's reading a book - LOL!
The book I'm reading is Extraordinary by John Bevere. I'm just starting it, but I know it's going to be so good because I've already heard part of it! John Bevere spoke last week at my church, and he went through the first couple of chapters. The book is an in-depth look at what the Grace of God is really for, what it really does for the people who have faith in Him. As a Christian, I was blown away by what i hadn't even realized about this significance of this element of my faith, so I'm looking forward to discovering more!
I'll hopefully be back here again tonight for another update, otherwise I will see you all for my scheduled reading time at 7 am CST!
I had my tea with me and my new kitten, Ninja, & my Abby Labby, who farted & stunk us out of the bedroom! Blast, I hate when she does that!~~! Stenchy doggy. Do all Labs bouf?
So I am cooking dinner now and thinking of what to read next. I think I am hungry for some Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.
Back to the stove & dinner. Then on to the fresh book.
Your book Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live by John Bevere sounds like a wonderful book and one that all Believers should read. For how are we saved? We are saved by 'grace'. Just what does that mean? Definitely on my rec list. Thank you Joy.
I've spent maybe 14 hours reading this weekend? So far, finished four books, although two of them were rather skinny (less than 200 pages.)
I didn't get to read as much as I would have liked to this weekend due to various errands and commitments....Yesterday, I read Give Me Tomorrow for 3 hours and finished it. It is a true story of a Marine battalion during the Korean war. After reading such an intense, horrific, and depressing story, I decided to pick a lighter story for my next read. This morning I started Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, and I was able to read for about 2 hours. Have a nice evening!
I finished a little magic by Valerie Gillen I loved her book it was a fun read.I gave it 4 stars if you like books about teenage witches,fairies,and with a cat with a little bit of an attitude.I think you would like it.I really enjoy reading everyones updates on here.It is really a nice thing skittles has put together for us.YAY skittles!
There will be more reading to come - I'd like to read another chapter of P&C and it seems likely that I could finish The Grass Dancer today.
Part of the weekend was spent in experimenting in getting pictures from my mobile onto flickr. I think I remember how I did it so I'll try and post pictures of my reading spots before the end of the readathing. Have to take them first:)
Well this looks darker than it actually is
and I have to share it
but I do most of my reading here
once again I get company
I did finish Small Memories by José Saramago. I'm not really a fan of memoirs but this one I enjoyed immensely! His writing and his simplicity made for a very interesting reading.
Now I'm reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
I am now readingdaughter of the forest . I have tried to start it a few times and just wasn't in the mood. I am getting into it now. The only part is that the book was passed to me in book club and the owner doesn't have the rest so if I like it, it may be a challenge here to find the others. I will read for awhile longer before bed.
Before falling asleep, I read a bit in The Orphan Master's Son. While it's good, it does seem to drag in parts.
This is my seconde book by Anita Shreve. I read Testimony about two years ago and enjoyed it. I do have to say the writing just isn't as good as the one I had previously read. The story is interesting at times. I hope to finish it this week.
After a busy day at work I intend to read this evening during four hours. I'm still reading The Black Madonna by Peter Millar.
Now, it's time for me to go to bed.
I wish you all the best and happy reading.
Greetings from Switzerland
I'm hoping to do a little more of reading tonight...
All in all I read approximately 33 1/2 hours.
I am well into Arabian Nights: The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night by Sir Richard Burton (still reading with other book breaks) and also read:
A World of Love by Elizabeth Bowen,
The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry,
I Will Fight No More Forever by Merrill D Beal,
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian,
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant,
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fanny Flagg and finished up by getting 87 pages into Winterwood by an old favorite, Dorothy Eden before the end of the party. Remember Dorothy Eden ladies? She wrote lovely gothic romances. I am so enjoying this one. I haven't read her in ages.
Well, it's over; I loved it; I can't wait until February when we do it again.
Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event skittles. You are a ROCKSTAR!~!~!
hugs all round,
Finished Wonderstruck (as mentioned in my previous post).
Read (more of - still not finished) Her Majesty's Spymaster - the politics are getting annoying again. Well, I'm still learning stuff.
Finished (finally - been reading it for a week) Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer. Pretty good - actually, amazingly good. I _hate_ smartass detectives - the ones who tell you in the last pages "Well, of _course_ this was the solution. All you had to know to understand it is the political situation in Outer Kazakhistan in 1902!" This book is full of that kind of smartasses - Amberley and his Aunt Marion, in particular, but everyone knows things they aren't telling - but I still enjoyed it. I figured out Amberley's secret when he said he disliked Shirley; I forget when I figured out Shirley's secret, but it was pretty early. After Mark was gone, though. And of course we the readers have the clue that has Amberley totally stumped... Anyway. Good book. It reads as though there are more Amberley books, but I don't know that that's true - there are a lot of references to previous cases, but they might just be references (to explain the various police attitudes toward him).
And finished - after the RaT was over, because I couldn't stop - Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce. Love it. I had read one of the stories before - Huntress - though I didn't recognize it until Felix started talking about lionesses and I'd forgotten how it ended (in fact, I thought it was much darker than it really is). The rest were new to me and they're all great. Skysong's story, Nawat and Aly's children, the Ostrich, Proving Ground...yeah. They're all memorable, great glimpses into either the continuing lives of old friends or new beginnings - new characters I'm pleased to know (and would be delighted to know more of!). All - except Qiom, and he had Fadal - female protagonists, finding their places or stretching into their powers. Nice! And The Testing was fascinating for a different reason - is Tamora Pierce a Foreign Service brat, like me, or was it only her character? I can tell stories - well, not quite like X-ray's, but the reactions I get are similar... Anyway. Lots of fun - that's a library book, but it's now firmly on my wishlist.
94> I've read both Tolkien and the Narnia books many times before the movies came out. I saw the first movie of the Lord of the Rings and it was good but not excellent - the second one drove me nuts with some of the choices they made, and I haven't seen the third (probably won't). The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was an excellent movie - no, it wasn't like the book (a _lot_ of differences!), but I actually (for the first time in my life) liked the movie better. I reread the book right after I'd seen the movie - and the movie was deeper and had more motivation and information about the kids than the book did. It reads very fairy-tale-ish - they just do things, without any real consideration of what or why; the movie explained better. I haven't seen any of the others, though - I'm afraid they won't stand up to the first one.
I did finish Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon and got a good portion of The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne read... hopefully, I can finish it this week.
I'm not happy that I didn't get more reading done, but sometimes "life happens" and reading takes a second place (which is really really bad!).