LOGBOOK for July/August 2012 ReadaThing
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Good news! Despite Olympic festivities, religious holidays, and massive heat waves in much of the world, most of our slots are filled by at least one reader (there can be more than one reader at a time, so keep adding on as you feel moved to read throughout the week)!
We've already been chatting on the thread for what you plan to do, but this thread is for what you ACTUALLY do/did: where, how, with whom or what...
(I've worded the questions as if you are posting just after you read, but feel free to post before, during, or after!)
**What book or books did you read?
**Where did you read? (specific or vague is fine) Posting a picture of where you read. is encouraged
**When did you read? How long did 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/ReadathingSummer2012
You don't have to sign up for a time... the No Timeline Readers is further down that page.
I'm looking forward to following everyone's reading projects . . . when I'm not reading myself!
Personally: having a "spot of bother" with camera to computer, so probably no pictures from me.
There's also a Group Gallery on the main ReadaThing Group page (http://www.librarything.com/groups/readathing ) where all members can post pics.
Instructions on how to work with Galleries are at:
Instructions on how to insert images are at:
I'm now off to find something to add to the group gallery so I can test it out.
Let the July/August 2012 ReadaThing BEGIN!!!!
Happy Reading Everyone!
So here I go again
I am currently reading Verboden magie by Juliet Marillier. Thats the Dutch version of Shadowfell part 1. I just bought this book a few days ago and smuggled it into the house. I always like the books of Juliet a lot and I had to complete my collection ;-) ( I tried to put an image here of the bookcover, but that did not go well.) The book has no map, but I like maps and found one on the website of Juliet. I printed it and am using it as a bookmark.
I am on page 44.
Where and when
I am reading in the garden (I put pics of my readingplaces in the groupgallery). It is thursday afternoon and it is almost half past two. Its really hot outside; 25 degrees Celcius (77 degrees F). I work at a school so I am on summerbreak and we are not going anywhere. My husband is upstairs doing stuff on the PC and I am downstairs at the diningtable typing this on my laptop. The book is on my lefthandside calling out to be taken back into the garden. I think I will do just that.
My goal for the ReadaThing is to actually finish some of the many books on my TBR list, so this is great progress already. Yippee for me!!!
Here's the description of The Cloud of Unknowing from the back cover ('cuz I'm still processing my own reaction):
"Written by an anonymous English monk during the late fourteenth century, The Cloud of Unknowing is a sublime expression of what separates God from humanity and is widely regarded as a hallmark of Western literature and spirituality. A work of simplicity, courage, and lucidity, it is a contemplative classic on the deep mysteries of faith."
So, that's enough Spiritual Reading for one day . . . and I really need a nap.
Oh, I posted a pic of my morning reading spot in the Group Gallery:
Will add other places as I occupy them :)
I love your reading places Connie! And 77°F sounds positively cool and balmy. Here we've been nearing 90F (32°C) most days with high humidity.
My current readingplace is the deckchair (is that a correct word for that chair?). Its in the same place that shows in the pic but its now in the shade of the trees. I have to take care that I don't get mesmerized and sleepy by the leaves and the sun filtering through.
Yes!! I figured out how to put my pics here
I'm reading Goena-Goena by P.A. Daum. It's a late 19th century Dutch novel set in the Dutch East Indies of that time. The theme in short: a woman of mixed Dutch / Indonesian descent is trying to dispose a fully Dutch woman and win her equally fully Dutch husband by means of Goena-Goena (which, roughly, means the Indonesian equivalent of Voodoo). Jealousy, intrigue, poisoning, all that. About half way through.
I dislike the somewhat racist undertone of the novel. The real Dutch people are decent dupes, the real locals are superstitious morons, and the people of mixed ethnicity are up to no good. Hm. But I guess you have to see that in the light of the time. Racial and social prejudices were much more "acceptable" in the late Victorian era, it seems. And, compared to some others, Daum was pretty liberal for his days.
"... then for a start, if the pious were loved because it is pious, the god-loved would also be loved because it is god-loved; and then, if the god-loved were god-loved because it was loved by the gods, the pious would also be pious because it was loved; but as it is you see that the two things are the opposite way round to each other, which shows that they're completely different from one another..."
I had to draw a diagram, but I think I figured it all out.
I'm still looking for a translation of Plato that I really like--I've read some that I think tried to translate the Greek perfectly literally, not even accounting for the differences between Greek and English sentence structure in a functional manner, while this translation (by Christopher Rowe in 2009) takes, I think, too much liberty with the text, inserting contractions and other colloquialisms. I'd like a translation that maintains accuracy, uses formal English, but is still reasonably readable.
(Sorry, yes, I know - off topic).
Sorry I can't post pictures as we do not have a digital camera or a camera phone. By the time I take a roll of 24 pictures and have it developed, it will be next spring!
I had to read it in bits and pieces. I read most of it in the living room putting it down to deal with grandkids. When I added up the time I read, it took me approximately two and a half hours to read the book.
I would like to say I really enjoyed the book but I didn’t. I won’t say it was a bad book because it wasn’t. It was just slow. The summary on the back of the book talks about the three brothers who have inherited the mine. Aaron the oldest preaches hell, fire and brimstone to his brothers. Nathan the middle brother is mentally challenged and Hector the youngest works in the mine extracting the ore. The summary talks about a tragedy and an ultimate cover-up. You don’t find out what happens until the last couple of pages. By then it was kind of a let down. As I read I kept thinking about a slow lazy summer day that sapped all of your strength. That is how slow the reading went for me. I am sure that there are people out there who would love this book but it just wasn’t a right fit for me.
I have a couple of middle grade books I will be starting. Yes, I have a tendency when doing reviews to have two books going at a time. I will also have this evening and tomorrow morning to read before I get grandkids again.
I’m looking forward to seeing what others are reading and how it is going for them.
I love Alexie's Part-Time Indian novel (ya), but I'm not enjoying this one as much as I thought I would. Oh well...
If I am able to read I will be reading The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey. If I finish either one I don't know what I will pick up next.
Happy Reading all!
I read in my recliner in front of the fan!
I read in my butterfly chair in the living room which I've taken to calling the sleeping chair because I usually snooze quite a bit when I'm in it. I had a few dangerous moments mid-way through tonight's reading session but I managed to not actually fall asleep. (The other interesting thing about the chair is that the fabric cover is worn through at all four jabby jointed corners, so any time I sit in it could be the time the cover completely breaks away from the frame and I end up on the floor.)
I alternated between The Praxis and The Year the Music Changed. The Praxis is only my 2nd Walter Jon Williams book I've read. The first was at the end of college or maybe in grad school, eons ago. On the basis of two books, I'm going to say the experience of reading his books is interesting. I find I read through them steadily with a great deal of interest, even though they don't sound like anything I'd want to read, and I'm not necessarily engaged with the individual plot threads. There's something about the narrative drive--it's not propulsive, it's more like a leisurely drift down a river in an inner tube where I'm just happy to go where he leads me and take in the scenery as I go.
I never would have figured I'd be reading The Year the Music Changed. It's a fictional exchange of letters between a teenage girl who later becomes a playwright and Elvis early in his career. I'm not really an Elvis fan. But I read a review on the website Eve's Alexandria that made this book sound good and it is so far. I'm about a quarter of the way into it.
I'm scheduled tomorrow afternoon for another 3-hour reading session. Tomorrow morning we shall see if, after running some errands, I get some more reading in or allow my Olympic fever reign and watch some more qualifying events. Maybe some of both. I like that about the start to a weekend, how it stretches before you limitless and there's time enough for everything.
Anyway, my afternoon reading got cancelled due to the temps & dewpoints here in Minneapolis finally dipping low enough that I could mow the lawn without dying of heat stroke. After I recovered from that chore, I did read for most of three hours this evening (7-10pm CDT with a short break for dinner). I worked on an ER book: The Lesbian Fantastic : A Critical Study of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal and Gothic Writings by Phyllis M. Betz. My review will be a mixed one, but I am compiling a list of even more books I'm now interested in reading . . . egads! it never stops :)
Because it was so wonderfully cool this evening, I sat on my front porch with most of the windows open.
I'm really appreciating how this ReadaThing is keeping me focused on my reading goal—"Finish what you've already started!"
As for A Comedy of Terrors, it was a very interesting, amusing, and well-written book. I was initially attracted to the book because the author wrote several quirky posts in Hobnob. I read the sample on Amazon and I was hooked. Often times, quirky writing ends up to be not-so-amusing by the end of a book, but not with this book. It's a comedy, but with several deep moments. I'm not sure I would read this book again, but I'm glad I did read it and I'll be on the look out for his next book.
Now, since I'm still awake, I'll work on Inukshuk for a while. It's an ER book that is rather dark in places, so I find reading it a few pages here and there to be my best strategy.
>34 LucindaLibri:: If touchstones are playing hide and seek, you can force them to show by putting the worknumber, followed by :: (yes, two of them), followed by the book title - all of it in the square brackets. For example, my Dutch novel mentioned earlier: "3112992::Goena-Goena".
Well, off to make some coffee (it's early morning here). And then some well deserved reading time. Yay.
I then read for another hour in bed before going to sleep. That time from Margaret Atwood's Life Before Man.
This morning I took a pot of coffee and the cats back to the bedroom and read for another hour - more of Life Before Man and The Cathars.
Nowhere near finishing any of the books but I have some things to do this morning and hope to get some more reading in later today.
I'll be back to report later.
I really would like to enter my reading time into the timeline, but I can't figure out how to do so.
My reading time yesterday was 14.00 till 17.00 and 18.30 till 21.00. I live in Europe, the Netherlands.
I plan to finish Verboden magie today. I have read 200 pages and the book has 320 so that is doable.
I read a bit in the morning, at my computer desk, then last evening in bed. Alas I was too busy during the day. Hoping for better luck today as our last pollworker class was yesterday so I've a few days of peace and quiet (I hope) before early voting begins.
Maastricht! Have you ever been to Andre Rieu's concerts in the square there?
I went to the movie theater just this Wednesday to see the broadcast of his Summer 2012 concert. What fun!!
I have seen him here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada three times. Love him and his orchestra!
Crazy4reading, I'm sorry about your father's fiancee.
I was able to squeeze in about 30 minutes reading The Watch curled up in bed last night. I'm about a quarter into it, and it's quite intense and gritty, but very well written. It's the story of an Afghan woman who goes to a U.S. military base to get her brother's body for a proper burial, after he is killed in a firefight. Each chapter is told from a different character's perspective so it really gives a kaleidoscopic view of the impact of the war. I like that it's not black and white, not focused on which side is "right" or "wrong" but rather the collective effect of the conflict.
After some house cleaning and laundry this morning, I'll be curling up in the recliner in the book nook for the remainder of the day, underneath the AC vent. It's just me and the cats in the house until hubby gets home from work this evening, so I should be able to get a lot of reading done. And since it's been a crazy-awful week at work nothing sounds better right now than getting lost in a book.
Weather is changing. Tonight we wil have thunderstorms and lots of rain.
And I figured out what to do with the timetable, so I added my name in some slots
I read for about an hour last night (Wicked Business) both on the couch and in bed. It's overdue at the library, so that's first on my list to finish up (I'm halfway through), and after that I'm not sure what will grab my attention. I signed up to read from 10am til 2pm today (Central US time) so I'm going to check and see if the humidity has gone down enough for me to take a walk or if I need to work out inside, make some coffee and get ready for some serious reading time!
I did my reading in the library of a church in Orlando, Florida, where I am employed as an administrative assistant.
Where I was - in a chair on my deck, as my dogs snoozed around me.
I'll be back tomorrow morning for my 6am to 9am slot. I hope to finish The Boy in the Striped pajamas.
Read in my rocking chair in the living room. Already too hot and muggy to read outdoors.
I read my living room chair, and some in bed before settling down for the night. I'm planning on starting Bernd Heinrich's Life Everlasting this afternoon, and probably will also begin The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón this weekend. Looking forward to the rest of the ReadaThing!
> 50. I think I put myself in. Or didn't I. Ohh I see, you put me in the very first and the second slot.
I don't know if that's correct.
This post says its 12:11 but my clock says its 18.11 so theres is a 6 hour difference.
Now I'm starting with the Z-title Zola Jackson by Gilles Leroy. I hope to get some good reading time.
Today it was The Ordering of Love by Madeleine L'Engle . . . I love that her poetry moves from spiritual to personal to humorous . . . sometimes all three in one poem. Unfortunately, I had to start this collection over from the beginning. I know I read the poems from "The Irrational Season" for an adult ed meeting at church back in November 2010, but I couldn't remember which of the other poems I had read . . . the dangers of leaving things in "currently reading" for so long. Anyway, today I read the poems from "Lines Scribbled on an Envelope (1969)". May include an entire poem over on the quotations thread . . . but first I have to go check the brownies in the oven!
(Two days of cool temps before the heat wave returns, so I have to squeeze in all those activities, like baking, that I can't do when it is hot!)
So I walked over to my Soon To Read pile and tries to listen to the books calling out to be read.
And the winner is: De boodschapper by Markus Zusak Dutch edition of I am the messenger
I took the book out before I made the picture.
Back to it!
I was greatly saddened when I realized that the UK release date was not the same month as the US release date. I'd been anticipating getting it from the library in July for eight months now.
Today life intervened . . . not as much reading as I had hoped. I did read another chapter in The Lesbian Fantastic this evening (from 8:15 - 9:45pm CDT). Had hoped to finish it tonight, but am too tired, so it will have to wait until tomorrow.
"After all, tomorrow is another day."
I got about 70 pages into The Light Between Oceans tonight and am quite liking it as well. We're riding out some pretty bad thunderstorms here and each of the three cats took turns curling up with me as I read.
I'll probably stop after ~50 pages and read in Stable Cat until I fall asleep. It's a cozy cat mystery with only a slight amount of literary merit, but it's entertaining, easy to read, and has cats -- the perfect fall-asleep-while-reading book.
I hope to be able to get at least one full hour of reading sometime during the day:) If I do I'll try to remember to come back if not I'll be reading for an hour before going to sleep tonight and another hour tomorrow morning.
Klassieke griezelverhalen - it translates to "Classic Horror Stories" - is a fun read. Well, I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff. Obviously lots of well known stories which I'm skipping at first. But also some authors new to me, or who I wouldn't have expected. Sir Winston Churchill????
That story turned out to be about a guy falling overboard at sea - hopes to get rescued, frustration and anger about not getting rescued, resignment to death, all that in 3 well written pages. Not really what I would call a horror story, but never mind.
* it was published in 1981
Still reading The Winter King. I'm under a hundred pages now so should finish it today unless someone shows up at the house and expects attention.
The weather was getting better and I took one hour of reading outside.
Stil reading De boodschapper by Markus Zusak. I'm now half way this book and really enjoy the story of Ed Kennedy.
Connie I love your outdoor area-- what a lovely place to read!
My goal today is to finish something :) Might sit outside for a bit today.
And I love how with folks reading all over the place, I can go to sleep while others read and vice versa . . .
Another hour for me. I added it in the appropriate slot in the timetable. ;-)
This morning I read from 8 am-10 am Central Time. I focused on The Praxis and Gardens in the Dunes. Gardens in the Dunes is the first book I've read by Leslie Marmon Silko, and I'm very impressed. It's written in a style I usually don't enjoy: moves around in time a lot, spending a lot of time in characters memories or in actual flashback. I tend to refer to these as floaty books. Sometimes I get lost in what is the present time of the story and also I feel like it can stall the present timeline story because we only inch forward and we keep circling back to the past. But it somehow works for me in this book, I think because there is so much detail to engage me in all the time frames and the characters are so fully developed. We'll see what I think by the very end, when I can see the full scope of the book, but I can't imagine I'll begrudge the journey even if I'm not so enamored of the destination.
I think I'm scheduled on the grid for an hour tomorrow morning. I'll be sure to add in any other time I'm able to fit in a chunk of reading.
Read from 11am-Noon CDT sitting in my backyard:
My cat lounged nearby in the catnip patch, but you can't see her in the picture.
I finished The Lesbian Fantastic . . . now I have to write the ER review, but might put that off a bit so I can do more reading instead.
Finished reading Inukshuk, which is an ER book, so I have to review it, but I'm not sure what to think about it. It's well-written from a technical point of view, but I'm not sure the book 'says' anything in the end.
Niceville FL on Sarah Ann Bayou.
Reading in the comfy chair in the great room. Finishing up The Winter King a great Arthurian tale.
Read in my living room in my leather rocker/recliner, with the Olympics on in the background (swimming, basketball, and volleyball, I think!). Had a little leftover mei fun to begin with and tea after that. Very quiet day here in upstate New York.
So, now I'm back to reading: Black Diamond: a Mystery of the French Countryside which I am liking quite a lot. I read about 35 pages of it before the flood, and now, after the flood I think I'll take it to my bed, and maybe finish it!
My next slot for reading is tomorrow morning, so I'll either finish this book, or I'll be ready to dive into Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. I have heard many good things about this book, and I am looking forward to reading it.
In one weekend, I've "travelled" to Afghanistan, Australia, and now outer space, without leaving my home. The joys of being a bookworm :-)
Today I'll start reading Yoram by Ulrike Kolb, it's for the Y-title in my ABC challenge.
I would like to tell you all that I'm so very glad that I joined this RaT. The first thing I do every morning (okee, not the first thing, that's making coffee) is go here and see if there are new entries.
I did not finish my book yesterdag evening. We went to visit friends and enjoyed an evening of nice weather, snacks, a glass of wine and excellent company. But I will definitely finish De boodschapper by Markus Zusak and start reading a book by Robin Hobb - Drakenbloed. That's Part 4 in the Rain Wild Chronicles and the dutch version of Blood of Dragons
Question: The English/American version of this book does not show up when I put it between braces. Is there no English version? I mean the touchstone thing
I did read for a full hour both last night and this morning. Finished Ash by Malinda Lo and read some more of The Cathars by Malcolm Lambert.
Yesterday I finished The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Eeesh, what an unexpected ending.
and now I'm trying to choose my next read. I started Fifty Shades of Grey last night but I want something shorter so LMHTWB reminded me that I too need to read Inukshuk. She doesn't give it stellar remarks so I'm now tempted to see what it's all about.
Looks like I'll be taking my coffee outside today. I'm too lazy to snap a picture so take my word for it, it's nice.
No matter, I love my real-life friends and they will always be welcome. But why mess up my already limited reading time? (Yes, I know: because they didn't know).
Lets try: Drakenboed Yes. It works.
Pardon me, Dragonblood - not dragonbood of course.
This morning the temperature had dropped to 20° C = 60° F and I did some cleaning stuff. Laundry and changing the covers of the beds, vacuuming and dusting the bedrooms, stairs and hall.
After a quick shower I started reading at 15.00 .
De boodschapper by Markus Zusak is finished. A very nice read. Lots of humor, nicely written and an unexpected, although a bit of pedantic, end. And I don't like that kind of endings. I can make up my own mind and don't need the writer to tell me what to think. That's why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 4,5.
Then I picked up my copy of Drakenbloed by Robin Hobb
It is the dutch version of Blood of Dragons.The Rain Wild Chronicles part 4.
It is owned by my brother and he came by on his way to another appointment just to bring me the book. I have a very nice brother ;-)
Now yesterday I got in a few hours of reading in between going to the store and watching the Olympics. I read the Hunger Games. I am finally up to the game. I have already seen the movie. This is the first time I have ever read a book after seeing the movie. So far I am enjoying the book as much as the movie.
Once I get done reading through more of these posts I plan to pick up my book again and to start reading.
I have never read any Jasper Fforde books and I see him mentioned on here a lot. As I am trying to avoid adding to my TBR piles I avoid reading reviews afraid I will fall in love with a book or series. I do see some that I am interested in or already have on my list of wants.
Off to read some more in between doing chores. I love seeing the pictures of where everyone is reading from. I haven't taken a picture since I can't find my camera and my iPhone doesn't take the greatest pictures. I read in a variety of spots though. Bed (not posting pic), sofa, outside, even in a car if someone else is driving.
Happy Reading all!!
Set in 1922, it's about a woman who accompanies 15-year old Louise Brooks--later a silent screen vamp--from Wichita to New York City. It's more Cora's story than Louise's: we learn about her history, and later she makes some unexpected life changes. I liked it well enough, but not as well as most LT reviewers. My full review is available on the book's page.
I also read more in Last Year's Jesus, which I hope to finish today or tomorrow, and finished a short VMC, Brother Jacob by George Eliot.
I'm reading from home, mostly in my comfy blue chair. So far, not too many interruptions from two attention-mongering kitties.
Tonight, I'll be catching up with Pegasus.
The Olympics have slowed down my reading somewhat.
Blood of Dragons
Huh, interesting - I get both of them (without forcing). But the touchstones on the right of the textbox are both the same - Blood of Dragons. I thought perhaps it was refusing to do a second touchstone for a book that was already touchstoned in the same message, but that doesn't seem to be it. Whatever. Hey! I did get both of them - then I edited to add the rest of this and Drakenbloed went away, though it still shows while editing. Hmmph. Touchstones.
I read for a total of 3.5 hours yesterday, after driving home from my sister's - I didn't have sufficient brain to do any of the other things I should have done, and besides it was a very good book. I finished it - Bond of Blood by Roberta Gellis. Now I _should_ be reading one of my library books or a book off my TBR pile or...but what I _want_ to read is the next one in the Gellis ebook bundle. So I'll make that my out-and-about book and read something else at home. So next is Knight's Honor by Roberta Gellis, plus something.
I could use the numbers of the worknumber of the English version and do the :: thing BarkingMatt suggested.
Question, where does it take the English speaking people!
ETA: as does the link in your post.
I also have been able to begin reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail and am hooked. I like the author's style which reflects the emotional temperature of her story.
I have very mixed feelings about Middlesex. I suppose if a book can raise awareness about the issues and lives of intersex persons, that's a good thing. But the notion that incest is necessary for recessive traits (including those contributing to an intersex identity) to get passed along is problematic for me. And I wasn't wowed by the writing.
For a more sensitive portrayal of these issues (and some rather lovely writing) I suggest Annabel by Canadian author Kathleen Winter. It was nominated for several different awards.
Haven't read anything yet - got distracted by Spotify and laundry, and soon it will be time for a new Inspector Lewis, so I might not get anything in hand until after 10pm tonight. *sigh* Oh well, there's always tomorrow. And hey! Just realized that I signed up to read tomorrow morning, so I'll for sure be reading then.
And I also avoided Middlesex when it first came out and was such a big "hit" with book groups. I only read it now because when I suggested Annabel to my current book group, their response was "we already read Middlesex" (as if one book was enough on this topic!), so I wanted to be able to describe the differences . . . I guess I'm glad I read it, but I doubt I would have finished it without a little inspiration from this ReadaThing to get if off my "currently reading" list!
Well, off to bed with a cat or two and a couple of books!
Now the weather is clearing again and I will go outside and dry the chairs and table for one more hour of reading (or two). I added my two hours in the wiki timetable.
Then this morning I finished The Ordering of Love by Madeleine L'Engle so one more for my BOMBS (Books off my book shelf) Challenge . . . though of course most of my "finally read" books stay right on the shelf, at least they are off my TBR list!!
The ReadaThing Team is doing great! And in case you're feeling a lull, we're over half way through our week of reading. Just under 3 days remaining. Go Team RaT!!
I just run to the wiki and add it to the timeline.
1. Dressed for Death - one of the early Brunetti stories. I had forgotten that Signorina Elettra was not there from the very beginning - she showed up in that one. A pretty good story (even when your plane get delayed)
2. Snatched by Karin Slaughter - Will Trent had been stuck at the airport after pissing of his boss one too many times... and manages to witness something weird. Pretty good.
3. Deep, Dark by Jonathan Maberry - What you would expect from a Joe Ledger story.
4. Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle - surprisingly good. Do monsters exist or is it just someone's imagination? For most of the story I would have called it horror. And good one at that. A novel is coming up that uses the novella as a pre-story but I am pretty sure that it will play on the part of the story that was just ok. We will see.
5. Everyone's Reading Bastard by Nick Hornby - what happens when your ex has her own newspaper column? Pretty hilarious :)
6. The Book Case by Nelson DeMille - a murder in a bookstore. I usually like DeMille but that one was weird... the story was not too bad, the style could have been much better. Overall, a decent story... which considering the theme and the author makes it almost a failure.
And back to books:
7. Intrusion by Ken MacLeod - near future SF at its best. The world is so imaginable that you cannot stop wondering if we are going that way.
8.Why I left the Amish by Saloma Miller Furlong - a blend of the current life of the author with memories from her past. Something simply did not work - for more than one reason. The current life sounded as a parody in places (not the actions but the way everyone was talking); the past just did not get fleshed out in places. For example she mentioned more than once that she run away from home twice. Guess how many times she described in the book...
9. You Will Meet a Stranger Far from Home by Alex Jeffers - short story collection, exploring sexuality and what it is to be gay in different contexts and times. And worlds. Some of the stories were almost brutal in their language, some were pretty timid. If you know what to expect from the author, pretty good.
And had started a few different short story collections but will report when I either finsih them or the ReadaThing is over :)
Thursday: The Darkening Field - a good solid mystery, not as gripping as the first one in the series, read from about 9-11 MDT curled up in my bed with a big glass of water
Friday: The Darkening Field - read from about 2-4 cowering under an awning while waiting out a thunderstorm at my son's swim meet, then from 9-930, then fell asleep - but I finished the book first. Reading in bed again.
Saturday: The Peach Keeper - read from about 1-2 on the couch with the Olympics in the background, then from 3-4 at the salon while getting a pedi - finished. A fun, fast, light read. Then from about 6-9, back on the couch with How To Knit a Heart Back Home - an OK read. Fast. Beach book. I enjoyed spinach and artichoke dip and occasional interruptions by Olympic events (husband).
Sunday: 3-5 pm MDT at the table. Various things were eaten from spinach artichoke dip to peanut butter brownies and cantaloupe. I read The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression for awhile - great book, not a word wasted - then moved on to The Vows of Silence. I also took a nap and watched some Olympics. Finally I took it up to bed and read from about 9-11.
Monday: 12-2 while sitting in the dentist office (kid's appointments) finished The Vows of Silence. A great read. I am totally hooked on this series. I am afraid I'm going to run out of books before I'm ready. Will be reading the last one tonight.
Little House By Boston Bay by Melissa Wiley. This is the first book about Laura Ingells' Grandmother. Very fast read.
I didn't post earlier, but on Sunday I read for a full hour from 8-9am PST. I've read several other times, but not for more than maybe 20-30 minutes at a time. I finished Free Will, which was a very interesting and tiny read (I've talked to it more than I've talked to any book since college, I think). Otherwise, I've been working on The Warmth of Other Suns, which is so far a really interesting book about an event/timeframe that I really don't know a huge amount about. I have several other books that I'm in the middle of that I should probably work on, but I'm at least hoping to keep myself from starting anything else during the rest of the week!
I mostly either read curled up in a recliner in my husband's office or in bed; neither are very photogenic!
I read another couple of hours this evening. Am about half way through Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. The biggest challenge is keeping track of the many different characters! At first I tried to write them down, then I gave up and just try to figure it out as I go. There are also different time periods, so that complicates things even more. But I'm starting to see how this story will require quite a few books to tell!
I read in my allotted hour 10-11am, Tuesday (NZ time), on the woefully inadequate 2 seater couch. Little one year old Lenny was perfect in his timing and went to bed at exactly the right time so I was able to finish Border Crossing by Pat Barker.
A wonderful book about a child psychologist who is reacquainted with a former patient. They discuss the crime that led to the psychologist having to testify in court on the patient/accused and his cognitive ability. Through these discussions they both learn and come to terms some surprising things. A good'un. (I gave it 4 stars)
I then didn't really read much over the weekend, but spent 5 1/2 hours reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, which has me slightly enraged at the world, though I'm not yet done with the book (my eyes are getting tired, as is my brain).
It does, however, have me looking forward to an ER book I have yet to read an review, which is always positive (I've tried reading it a few times already, only to get distracted).
Fortunately I read for slightly more that an hour this morning - more from Morality Play which I will finish sometime today (another 40 or so pages to go). Then back to the TBR stacks to pick the next one:)
I'm now on page 324 of Drakenbloed And hope to finish it today. Its now 10.45 am in Holland and the weather is not too nice yet, but I hope to get some reading done in the afternoon when the sun should be back. First I will do some ironing while watching hockey on the tv. The olympics are on all the time. My husband is watching it and I listen (the tv is out of my field of view) and when things get exciting I go and watch. But I will put the ironingboard in front of the tv in a few minutes and watch the end of the game.
Thanks everyone for making this a great RaT! We're awesome!
In spite of how long ago I read it, I was still surprised to have no recollection of these early chapters. I dosed off several times, but it was because of the late hour and not the material.
I am thoroughly enjoying this re-read. First time around all I cared about were the superficial aspects of the romance between Jane & Mr. Rochester. Sadly, this classic was wasted on the teen-aged me.
I chose Jane Eyre because I plan to join the 1001 Books August Group Read of Agnes Grey (which I have never read) and decided to re-read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights so I could compare the sisters' styles.
As for my own reading report, this morning I only read for 30 minutes (7:45-8:15am, so not going to put it on the timeline), but I did start two more books from my TBR list:
Dark Fields of the Republic by Adrienne Rich (poetry seems to have replaced the Psalms in my morning spiritual reading time, which seems appropriate right now)
in honor of my friends celebrating Ramadan, Nine Parts of Desire : the Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks. Both excellent reads so far!
Yes, this RaT has me needing a button that says "I'd rather be reading!" :)
Got a new book from my STR pile: Voor altijd stil by Linda Castillo, a thriller. Something different to make the transition from the Robin Hobb easier.
So I started, and nearly finished Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. A novella, really, or a very short one. Great writing as usual, more dialogue than others of his Ive read.
>150 SmangosBubbles: Ive been waiting for The Shock Doctrine for a while now at the library, glad its doing its thing and making your blood boil, :) I expected as much.
Now I'm still hoping to finish Wrong why experts keep failing us before the end of the RaT. I've had it on loan from work forever and I need to take it back!
Pargeter is sympatheic to Llewelyn, the only and true Prince of Wales, and makes him a majestic figure even though he is listed as a rebel in many of the internet sources I checked. But the truth is that the victors write history and Edward Plantagenet won.
I won't be able to read further as I am having a medical procedure tomorrow and, worse yet, my musician husband broke his wrist badly and is also having surgery this week. But I really enjoyed the Readathing and accomplished a lot.
I'll be interested in reading the rest of the posts about everyone's reading when I can later in the week! I've added to my already staggering wishlist.
Edited for typos
I've got a stack of Francis books from the library... which should help with the rest of ReadaThing.
And I agree with fdholt in 167 - I'll be re-reading this thread after the Thing is over with and will happily add to my already overly large TBR!
Off to update the timeline and then to bed.
So I searched my books and am now reading Hellevanger by Jack Lance. Almost done with that one. A bit of a disappointment but it's for a greater purpose. So back to the deckchair in the garden.
And I see that we've managed to fill almost all of the timeslots . . . which means nearly continuous reading for 168 hours!
(Unfortunately, my contribution today will be primarily cheerleading. . . I'm coping with a migraine, so probably won't be doing much reading.)
I'm not unhappy that I read The Praxis, but I'm not going to be reading the rest of the series, and I'm putting the book up on bookmooch.
Several months ago, I read a later book of poems by Li-Young Lee, and I really didn't like it. I was so bitter about that reading experience that I thought/hoped going back to a book of his I liked would help me to think fondly of him again. I'm about 2/3 through. Mostly, I am noticing the things I didn't like about the other book, things I didn't notice before in this one, but Rose has enough great stuff to make me look past the irksome stuff.
I don't know why I started those 2 new books. It must be that I have a problem having my list of books I'm currently reading drop below 7. I'm about 50 pages into Wolf Hall and just barely begun Gut Symmetries, but I'm enjoying them greatly.
>158 LucindaLibri: LucindaLibri
Thank you both for your welcome.
LucindaLibri - very cool that you got to visit Haworth!
I read 10 more chapters of Jane Eyre yesterday. Today must catch up on what I was supposed to be doing instead of reading.
I also reacquainted myself with the Bronte sisters' lives via internet material. Knowing some of the experiences that informed Charlotte in the development of some of her characters & settings has added a nice dimension to my enjoyment of the novel. The Life of Charlotte Brontë was written by Charlotte's contemporary and is in the public domain. If time allows, I may pick that up cheap for my Kindle and read it.
If it looks like I'll still be up at 2am (Eastern), I will plop my name in that open slot.
After this heavy stuff I think it is time again for another chapter of Au bord de l'eau, tome 1.
It was an interesting read and readable once picked up but I did struggle to want to pick it up.
Mainly I think because its theme was so negative. I agree that a healthy dose of scepticism is needed in the modern world but this book would make you think that you cannot believe anybody or anything. And I don't think that's true.
Finished The Shadows in the Street - loving Susan Hill - and read a bit more of The Forgotten Man: a New History of the Great Depression. Tonight I am going to read something by Maeve Binchy as a memorium.
Thanks to all for keeping me focused. We should do this more often :)
"America At the Tipping Point" by Gary Frazier on Saturday, "Brainrush II" by Richard Bard and "Rust" by Glen Joshpe on Sunday and "Open Minds" by Susan Kaye Quinn on Monday, the "Color of Snow" by Brenda Stanley.
Maybe next year will be better. Either way I am please I got more reading done.
So far I'v read 4 books and reading number 5.
When is the next readathing, can't wait.
I read some more of The Cathars by Malcolm Lambert.
Since I was last here I have also been doing some non time line reading mainly from Jezebel by Eleanor de Jong.
This has been a great Readathing. Thanks to all the organisers and readers for making it so much fun.
Thanks to all who read and posted.
And for those who preferred just to read during the event . . . feel free to continue this thread now that it's over.
Have a great day (and/or night) :) !
Thank you so much, it was a fabulous time and I really hope that we can do it again.
Finished a short novel Five Million Dollar Cat which was interesting, terrifying, and made me cry out of happiness, so it was very good. I'm about half way through The Mother Tongue, and am less than thrilled. There's a lot of interesting facts, little reference to authorities, and not deep enough.
I'm going to miss ReadaThing -- it was my legitimate reason to go to bed at 9pm/midnight and read.
The last night I read about 50 pages in A Fatal Grace and then read 1900 House from cover to cover. I think I read from 7 books and finished 3 of them for sure, maybe a fourth. (Is that bad that I don't remember?)
Thank you to everyone who organized, and to all of my fellow readers - what a great ReadaThing!
I did spend most of the Readathing reading. Here's how I did:
**What book or books did you read?
Finished By Arrangement by Madeline Hunter and read The Protector by Madeline Hunter, Black Coffee by Agatha Christie and Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas.
**Where did you read?
Mostly at the beach but also at the beach house. Didn't take any pictures, sorry.
**When did you read? How long did you read?
I read in the morning, the afternoon and at night. Anytime I could really. Can't say how long I read, I don't really take track.
**Doing anything else? food, music, listening to someone snore, watching the sun rise or set...
I listened to the normal beach sounds. Some not so pleasant as listening to the waves but what can you do?
More Important Stuff:
**Is it a GOOD BOOK? 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?
They were all good books in my opinion. My favorite was Secrets of a Summer Night. It was the first of Lisa Kleypas's books I read but it wont be the last.
My least favorite one was Black Coffee. That's not to say I didn't like it, I did. But it shows that it's a novelization of a play.
They've all met my expectations and Secrets of a Summer Night even exceeded them. I'd recomend them all, they were all fast reads, some did make me laugh, and I would definetely read them again.
And that's how my RT went. I'm hoping to be more participative next time.