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Final 2012 ReadaThing: LOGBOOK

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1LucindaLibri
joulukuu 22, 2012, 5:05pm

As I post this it is under 2 hours until the start of the ReadaThing!

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...

Other 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!

Have some fun with your reading! There's going to be a good group of us reading along with you (virtually speaking), 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/Final_2012_ReadaThing

Looks like most of us are counting on a loose schedule of "Read with No Timeline" . . .
so many of our slots are open . . . Please fill in the timeline indicating when you actually read and keep adding on as you feel moved to read throughout the week!

I'm looking forward to following everyone's reading projects . . . when I'm not reading myself!

Have a Merry/Happy/Joyous ReadaThing and a Happy New Year!

2Pragyasharma
joulukuu 22, 2012, 5:26pm

I finished reading Resonance by J.A. Belfield (to be released in April 2012). I read it at home, in metro on the way to work. I think I read for a total of 2-2.5 hours. I did like the book but it was short for me to be satisfied with, wish it was longer. I would recommend if you have read other books in the series and liked them or are a lover of paranormal.

Presently I am reading Always me by Kelly Riad and liking it so far, it's a bit slow though. 50% through it.

3majkia
joulukuu 22, 2012, 7:00pm

I'll start with The King of Attolia. I loved the first two books of this series so this will be a treat! My Xmas present to myself. :)

4LucindaLibri
joulukuu 22, 2012, 7:00pm

Okay folks, time to "officially" kick off the End-of-2012 ReadaThing . . . starting NOW!!
Wuu Hoo!!

I'm finishing up some library books so I can get back to finishing books on my "Currently Reading" and TBR piles.

Right now, I'm finishing The perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Here we go!!

5crazy4reading
joulukuu 22, 2012, 7:32pm

I am reading The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory. I am watching a Star Trek marathon so I am reading during the commercials. I will tell more about the book once I get more into it.

6LucindaLibri
joulukuu 22, 2012, 7:57pm

> 5 Star Trek Marathon AND ReadaThing . . . What Fun!!

I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower which I requested from the library back during Banned Books Month, not realizing it was about to come out as a movie (so had a long waiting list) . . . and arrived recently and now is due in a few days (along with a couple of books of poetry) . . . But I've finished that library pile now and can get back to the Currently Reading/TBR piles.

Anyway, it (Wallflower) reminded me quite a bit of being in high school . . . in a sad enough way that I'm pretty sure I don't want to see the movie . . . but I'm glad that young adult books have gotten more realistic since I was in high school (MANY moons ago).

Next up, dinner and then maybe a bit of Beyond The Body Farm, which I started on vacation in September of 2011, got about 2/3rds through and then set aside . . . time to finish up some of these stragglers!

7crazy4reading
joulukuu 22, 2012, 8:15pm

The Perks of Being a Wallflower sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. I have seen the ads for the movie and the movie looks interesting. I really want to see the movie because Emma Watson is in it.

8Litfan
joulukuu 22, 2012, 11:56pm

Spent the last hour curled up by the Christmas tree, with one of the cats keeping me company, reading Ancient Light. After a somewhat slow start I'm quite liking it; he writes exquisitely and I think he could write about paint drying and it would be mesmerizing.

Going to curl up in bed now with the heated blanket and, most likely, one or more of the cats, and read as long as my eyes will stay open. Christmas vacation rocks!!

9tardis
joulukuu 23, 2012, 1:17am

I'm reading War of the Flowers by Tad Williams, which was one of my SantaThing books last year. It's really good - I shouldn't have waited so long to start it, but other things always got in the way.

10sandragon
joulukuu 23, 2012, 1:48am

I'm getting myself ready to read A Tale of Two Cities. Need to make a pot of tea (a ginger green tea from Murchies) and set up my pillow and blanket on the couch. I'd like to finish AToTC by the end of the month. It's a good book but slow going for me because of the old fashioned sentence structures and references.

11Ameise1
joulukuu 23, 2012, 5:17am

Hello from Switzerland

Three hours ago my younger daughter and me were decorating our Xmas tree.

after that event I started my Readathing.
I'm still reading The Siege by Ismail Kadare. It will take me another three to four hours before finishing this book. So far I like it and it's really interesting.

Now, I'll make a cappuccino before going back to read.
Happy reading to you all.

12calm
joulukuu 23, 2012, 5:37am

Hi - I'm in the UK so the start was midnight but I did read for a few minutes at the official start of the Readathing. I got my first full hour (9 - 10 am here) after doing some morning chores and have entered it on the wiki:)

I actually read for more than an hour in total and I've been reading Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle and The Hammer and the Cross (AKA The Vikings A History) by Robert Fergurson.

Ash is really good but at over 1100 pages it is taking me a while to read I started it nearly a week ago and am about half way. I'm also taking my time with the NF at a chapter every day or two but, as it is my last 12 in 12 book, I am definitely going to finish it before the end of the year!

I'll be back when I have managed another complete hour.

Hope everyone is reading good books:)

13majkia
joulukuu 23, 2012, 6:38am

Hey all! I began reading The King of Attolia last evening, but it is Cccccccoooooollllld here in North Carolina for this Florida girl! We are visiting relatives for the holidays in the motor home. My fingers got cold holding my ereader so I went to sleep earlier than expected, having only read about 40 pages. Ah well, no hurry, right?

As expected, Eugenides is just as sneaky, complex, astonishing, and as hard to figure out as ever! Great book!

14Conachair
joulukuu 23, 2012, 7:39am

This morning I should have taken the dog outside, but when I checked the road outside I was faced with the fun task of removing stuff which was somewhere between slush and solid ice from the footpath. Once I was done I was wet, cold and miserable and send the dog to the garden and curled up on the sofa instead. (The dog soon joined me, snuggling up to me).

I am in the middle of reading Bernard Cornwells Sharpe series. I picked up Sharpe's Fury to finish it, and when I got to the end I was amazed to see that two hours had passed.

Overall I am enjoying the series, I just find all the extensive battle stuff tedious and sometimes longwinded.

15infjsarah
joulukuu 23, 2012, 7:43am

Spent about 90 minutes last night between 10pm and 11.30pm on Shadowfell. Reading in bed, ate a few chocolates. Enjoying a lot so far but I like Juliet Marillier - you know what you are getting and that's the pleasure.
UK weather has gone mild again and very wet so home lovely and warm.

16bertilak
joulukuu 23, 2012, 8:44am

I finished Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore, which is a delightful tale of old books, typography, cryptography, Hadoop, and googling. Call it bibliopunk.

Hint: read the book at night, hold the cover up to the light, then turn off the lights.

17connie53
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 23, 2012, 10:58am

This morning i read for an hour in bed (11-12 in Holland)
I finished the second book in the Hungergames series and started with the third book. I'm going to figure out how the wiki thing works and enter the time in the right slot.

Now reading: Spotgaai by Suzanne Collins

I tried to put my name in but i really am puzzled on how to do so.

Found it ;-)

18sandragon
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 23, 2012, 12:00pm

#16 - Awesome! I bought Mr Penumbra's for my brother for Christmas. I'll have to see if he notices.

19mamzel
joulukuu 23, 2012, 1:05pm

I started The Book Thief by Markus Zusak this morning. I read it about seven years ago and thought it was about time I reread it. I woke at about 5:30 this morning to pattering rain drops. About 7:00 I made myself coffee and a bagel and continued to read until about 9:30. This book is definitely enhanced by the dull, wet day outside.

Accomplished: 281 pages
Worth it: absolutely!!!

20LucindaLibri
joulukuu 23, 2012, 1:41pm

Great to see all the reading that's been going on since I checked in last night!

I read a bit more between 7:30 and 8:15 this morning (US Central Time) . . . this time it was a selection of Anna Akhmatova's Poems translated by Lyn Coffin . . . I'm going to enter it on the timeline even though I didn't read a full hour and I overlapped between time slots.

21sandragon
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 23, 2012, 3:56pm

I read some more this morning as well, from about 9am to 10am. I didn't quite start at 9, but my youngest had that covered. He'd already been curled up on the sofa reading comics for about 1/2 an hour while my husband was on the computer playing a new game. So I joined them in the living room, this time with a cup of Keemun tea, also from Murchies. I've had a break, and it's almost 11:30 now and I'm going to see if it's true you can get multiple brews out of Keemun, and then read another half hour or so. Oh, this morning I've been reading A Gift of Dragons, a short story collection by Anne McCaffrey.

22MaskedMumbler
joulukuu 23, 2012, 3:41pm

All right, I've been reading Dubliners by James Joyce from about 18:40 up to now(20:38 GMT) So that's my two-hour slot filled. I'll be reading more later tonight and will fill in the times afterwards.
I'm really enjoying Dubliners, hopefully I'll finish it tonight.

23crazy4reading
joulukuu 23, 2012, 4:36pm

I have been reading off and on today. I have been taking breaks to do some cleaning and laundry. I am still reading The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory. I am almost half way through the book. I would like to finish this book so that I can start my newest book club book The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.

I am finding The Other Queen very interesting. I am not all that familiar with the time period and the royalty but I am slowly piecing together the information. I think my son knows more than I do.

I have been reading in my back room which could be considered a living room or family room. I am still watching the Star Trek marathon. The movies are starting to repeat so I am just listening to most of it.

Going to check my laundry and drink some water before I fall asleep too early tonight. Then I plan to curl up on the sofa with my dog and/or cat to continue reading.

24Ameise1
joulukuu 23, 2012, 5:35pm

I have got four hours of reading during this day. It was great.

In the early evening our first of three Xmas celebrations took place my father and my sister joined us. We had a nice time.

Now, close to midnight, it's time to go to sleep. I take my book with me, perhaps I'm still able to finish The Siege by Ismail Kadare.

So goodnight from Switzerland, see you tomorrow.

25Luisali
joulukuu 23, 2012, 5:43pm

I started and read yesterday about 100 pages of The Iron Council that is so far a captivating and beautiful book. I didn't read a lot, because finished to cook the last batch of Christmas cookies and I was very tired. I'll plan to continue my reading this evening with the new kitten on my lap.

#16: Thanks for the suggestion: I added Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store to my wish-list.

26LucindaLibri
joulukuu 23, 2012, 6:15pm

Just read another hour, with my cat and a cup of tea (nothing fancy, just plain black tea from Red Rose). I'm getting close to done with Beyond the Body Farm . . . gruesome, but fascinating because the emphasis is on the science of the forensic work.

Off to add my hour to the timeline, then off for some holiday cheer (and homemade Gluten-Free, Vegan, Chocolate Cupcakes) with some friends.

27emperatrix
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 23, 2012, 9:37pm

Just a couple more chapters until I finish Iva Polansky's Fame and Infamy. It's one of the best indie books I've read for review. It's a good blend of historical fiction, romance, and intrigue set in 18th century Paris.

28Litfan
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 23, 2012, 10:55pm

Almost done with Ancient Light and got quite absorbed in it-- got in some reading from 4-5 and again from 8-10 in the recliner in the book nook under the heated blanket-- quite cozy!

29clue
joulukuu 23, 2012, 11:14pm

I read a couple of unschedule hours last night and two scheduled today. I'll continue to read for an hour or so tonight. My sister wanted to drive around and look at Christmas lights and I just got back home. We had beautiful weather today but it's predicted to change to rainy weather tomorrow and the next three days. Sounds like good reading weather ahead and I'm off work this week. Perfect! I'm not reading what I had planned yet, I decided it was a good time to read Mrs. Queen Takes The Train by William Kuhn. It's really a fun read. Halfway though so I might finish it tomorrow night. Happty reading everyone!

30LucindaLibri
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 24, 2012, 12:11am

Finished Beyond the Body Farm earlier tonight . . . will add to the timeline.

Now I'm trying to listen to a live webcast of the Dalai Lama teaching about Buddhism . . . but I think must is getting lost in the translation. He talks for a very long time in Tibetan and then there's a brief English translation :)

Update: if anyone is interested, this it going on over the next few days at: http://dalailama.com/
Various times . . . right now is the opening/introduction.

31jjmcgaffey
joulukuu 24, 2012, 1:16am

So far I've managed about a half-hour over breakfast, reading The Medusa and the Snail by Lewis Thomas. It's a collection of basically unrelated essays - a few, especially at the beginning, have links but the rest are pretty random. And pretty uninteresting. He keeps proposing a theory, then making an argument and oh, by the way, since my theory is true therefore... Bah. One essay was amusing because it reminded me so strongly of Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics (which I am theoretically in the middle of (re)reading) - An Apology is very much that kind of pseudo-scientific irrational realism. Spinning the universe around his pencil point...

I need to remember that despite the subjects he says he covers, I really don't like Lewis Thomas. His books all _sound_ like they should be excellent.

Other than that - gray day with intermittent heavy rain; went to church, came home and made maple cream (present), cleaned up some, finally began projects I've literally been planning for years (don't I have excellent timing? Start stuff now, when I don't have any free time with the holidays...), went to my parents and did laundry and helped them set up their (our) Christmas tree. Tomorrow morning my sister and her family arrive. I still need to wrap several presents, and finish making some others. No reading time.

32Ameise1
joulukuu 24, 2012, 6:02am

Good morning!

I already had my work out in the gym and can read now without bad conscience ;-).
I'm still reading The Siege by Ismal Kdare and hope that I'll finish it in the next two hours.

Happy reading to you all :-)!

33connie53
joulukuu 24, 2012, 6:21am

Good afternoon,

I had my ritual morning reading hour in bed with tea and book. (9.00 - 10.00 in Holland. )
Yesterday i read for an hour in the late evening and i've made some progress in Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins. I do not know if today is a good reading day. This morning we went for the last groceryshopping. And i will de some cleaning and get ready for the X-mas this afternoon.

34infjsarah
joulukuu 24, 2012, 6:47am

Finished Shadowfell last night between 10.30pm and midnight UK time. Thoroughly enjoyed.
11.30 am Christmas Eve, Uk, i am about to spend some time on a different genre - crime - in Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear. Have coffee and mince pie at hand.
Then after lunch I have to trudge to Post Office in rain to send a parcel. Then hopefully back to the book.

35Ameise1
joulukuu 24, 2012, 9:38am

Finally I've finished The Siege by Ismail Kadare

It is an excellent story about a siege taking place in Albania in the 15s century. It's a war between Christians who were living in the castle and Muslims who tried to capture the castle. The most part of the story is from the view of the aggressors. In each chapter the focus was laid-out on a special group of them. The main characters are crossing their paths in each chapter, whereas other figures have got only an individually appearance. The view of the attacked ones is kept very short and always in front of a new chapter.
The outcome of this war was surprisingly and is mainly based on natural forces.


The next one I'm reading is Let Slip the Dogs of War (A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery) by Sara Barton. I've got it as a Member Giveaway.

36majkia
joulukuu 24, 2012, 10:35am

I'm closing in on the end of The King of Attolia which continues the series as fantastic. :)

37LucindaLibri
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 24, 2012, 11:53am

Read more of the Poems by Anna Akhmatova this morning in my usual morning tea spot, the Field of Dreams Reading Lounge


Then listened to The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, England (my yearly tradition on 12/24).

Now I need to go outside and sweep the dusting of snow we got this morning off of the sidewalks . . . and feed the birds.

38connie53
joulukuu 24, 2012, 12:50pm

Just read for an hour waiting for my husband to fix supper.

And how do you get pictures in your post?

39bertilak
joulukuu 24, 2012, 12:59pm

I finished The present alone is our happiness. This is a book of interviews of Pierre Hadot, a classicist and philosopher who says philosophy should be a guide to living, not a system of metaphysical quibbles.

How quaint! How necessary that people should realize that.

This was the last book I had started reading before the ReadaThing, so it is now time for the ReadaThing proper.

Next, it is time for a warm, fuzzy read: either the manga of Nightmare Before Christmas or Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft. The latter will be discussed Wednesday in the Weird Tradition group: http://www.librarything.com/groups/theweirdtradition

40LucindaLibri
joulukuu 24, 2012, 1:58pm

> 38 to insert images follow the instructions here: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/HelpThing:Html_tips#Inserting_Images

I sat with my cat in the Field of Dreams Reading Lounge and finished the collection of Poems by Anna Akhmatova . . . so I'm closing in on my BOMBS (Books Off My Bookshelf) Challenge for 2012 . . . I just might get there.

I think I need to switch to a mystery or some light fiction now . . . All the poetry and non-fiction is feeling a bit too weighty :)

41Esta1923
joulukuu 24, 2012, 2:57pm

I sit in my comfortable chair, reach out and take any book by Russell Hoban off of shelf ~~~ open it at random, and read with great satisfaction.

42majkia
joulukuu 24, 2012, 3:50pm

am reading in the RV here in North Carolina. Just finished King of Attolia and will begin A Conspiracy of Kings later when things calm down around here. Way too much family wandering around at present. For an only child raised away from the aunts, uncles and cousins, this is a bit much for me!

43emperatrix
joulukuu 24, 2012, 5:11pm

Finished reading The Color of Earth series by Kim Dong Hwa. It was part of the Banned Books display at our library this year and I finally got around to reading it. This is a wonderful story about mother's and daughter's in early 20th century Korea. It's lyrical and poetic, and really touches on the relationship between a mother and her daughter. It has been a good day for reading :) . Now, to get back to baking!

44Ameise1
joulukuu 24, 2012, 5:56pm

It's close to midnight in Switzerland and it's time to sleep.

I wish you all

45clue
joulukuu 24, 2012, 11:46pm

Read an hour this morning and an hour tonight. Ten or so pages to go in Mrs Queen Takes The Train but I'm too sleepy to finish tonight.

46LucindaLibri
joulukuu 25, 2012, 1:11am

Christmas just rolled in here in Minnesota . . . and I just downloaded 3-hour a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens from Librivox which I will listen to as I go to sleep . . . I've put myself in the next three slots, even though I may be drifting in and out of consciousness. I'm pretty sure those ghosts will get into my brain in any case :)

Merry/Happy Christmas to those celebrating it!

47connie53
joulukuu 25, 2012, 5:24am

I read another hour this morning, while waiting for my husband to wake up. I was up to early for this first Christmasday.

48infjsarah
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 25, 2012, 6:14am

Happy Christmas from the UK. Finished Birds of a feather on Christmas Eve.
Received Captain Vorpatril's Alliance for Christmas - thrilled! But unfortunately probably won't have time to pick it up today. Have a great day.

49connie53
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 25, 2012, 7:38am

Happy Christmas everyone!

50majkia
joulukuu 25, 2012, 2:09pm

pretty! Busily reading A Conspiracy of Kings altho having just gotten stuffed from the family dinner, we'll see if I can stay awake!

51LucindaLibri
joulukuu 25, 2012, 2:31pm

>49 connie53: That's Beautiful connie53! Merry Christmas!

I did listen to much of A Christmas Carol over night. Today is not looking like I will get any time to read. The family phone calls ate up the whole morning . . . and I haven't even started my gluten-free, dairy-free Christmas Dinner (GF spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce, meatballs, italian sausage, and GF focaccia bread) . . . So other than reading cookbooks :) . . . maybe this evening after dinner I'll get in some reading.

I did pick out my next books, both from the "owned a long time and still haven't read" pile for my BOMBS (Books Off My BookShelves) 2012 challenge . . . Lying Awake by Mark Salzman and/or Immaculate Midnight by Ellen Hart.

Happy Reading everyone!

52Pragyasharma
joulukuu 25, 2012, 3:14pm

Merry Christmas everyone! So many of those books are on my reading list.Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour book store, Mockinjay, The other queen. I read and thought A tale of two cities was ok. I recently bought The perks of being a wallflower and look forward to reading it.

I finished reading Always me by Kelly Riad which I really liked. Then I read V is for Virgin which was a 3 star for me. Now I am reading The Casual Vacancy, haven't been able to read much today between cooking and baking.

53bertilak
joulukuu 25, 2012, 5:47pm

I finished Nightmare Before Christmas on Christmas Eve and it set my mood as expected.

I am now reading Cold Days, the latest Harry Dresden book. Just sitting in my comfy chair with a bright light, reading and growing a beard.

54tardis
joulukuu 25, 2012, 5:54pm

Finished War of the Flowers and am starting Polterheist by Laura Resnick.

55Ameise1
joulukuu 25, 2012, 5:56pm

I finished Let Slip the Dogs of War (A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery) by Sara Barton and I'm reading now A Plague O' Both Your Houses: A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery #2 also by Sara Barton.

The first one was a real pleasure to read so I'm looking forward for the second in this new serie.

56clue
joulukuu 25, 2012, 11:02pm

I read 1 hour today and finished Mrs. Queen Takes The Train now I'll go back to The Chaperone.

57staffordcastle
joulukuu 26, 2012, 2:37am

Merry Christmas all!

I spent about two hours reading this morning, finished Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, and started its sequel.

58sandragon
joulukuu 26, 2012, 3:18am

I finished up A Gift of Dragons which brought back those feelings of wanting to be a dragon rider that I had when I read the Pern books eons ago. Reading about dragon hatchings and Impressions (the forging of the telepathic link that bonds a hatchling and its human for life) sends wonderful shivers down my spine, every time.

Still working on A Tale of Two Cities. I'm determined to finish this up before the new year. I'm almost 3/4 of the way through.

56 - Clue, I've got Mrs Queen Takes the Train on audio. Sounds like you enjoyed it. I'm hoping it'll be one my mother-in-law will like but I'll listen to it first before passing it on to her.

59infjsarah
joulukuu 26, 2012, 6:58am

Did start Captain Vorpatril's Alliance last night. Spent about an hour but reluctantly closed the book at
Midnight UK time.
Plan to spend most of today reading. Cat has joined me on bed but hasn't settled yet.

60Ameise1
joulukuu 26, 2012, 10:11am

I finished A Plague O' Both Your Houses: A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery #2 by Sara Barton. I'm a real fan of this serie and I hope she will write some more.

Next book I'm going to read is On the Trail of the Scissorman (Galvanic Century) by Michael Coorlim. I've got this one also as a Member Giveaway.

Happy reading to everyone :-)

61crazy4reading
joulukuu 26, 2012, 10:19am

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas yesterday. I didn't get any reading in yesterday. I was busy cooking cookies, dinner and helping my puppy open up her gifts before my guests came over. I am at work today so I will read when I get a moment to read.

62Litfan
joulukuu 26, 2012, 11:50am

Hi everyone, hope those in the path of the nasty weather are safe and dry. No reading time yesterday until last night, when I got in about 30 min.

It's a quiet day home alone today, and this morning I curled up in the recliner with The Life of Objects from 8:30 - 11:30; with the rain pouring and chilly wind howling outside it has been so cozy to read inside with the heated blanket and the cats. I'm liking this book so far; it's about Germany during WW II and has a really strong sense of setting, although the author's over-use of parentheses has driven me a bit batty.

Off to scrounge up some lunch, then back to the books!

63riverwillow
joulukuu 26, 2012, 12:21pm

Just checking in to say hi. I'm reading as when I can as its been a busy few days I haven't been reading as much as I hope to later in the week. At the moment I'm reading Cold Days and am just past half way through the book, not sure what's next as I got some lovely books from my SantaThing and for Christmas.

64LucindaLibri
joulukuu 26, 2012, 12:39pm

I read for 90 minutes this morning, so marked both hours on the timeline. I read Beat Fatigue With Yoga by Fiona Agombar. It's been on my "Currently Reading" list so long that I had to restart it, because I didn't remember any of it. *sigh*

All the holiday over-doing has taken its toll. I feel like I'm coming down with a cold. So, spending the rest of today huddled under blankets with tea, books, and naps . . .

And as the chief cook and bottle washer here, I'm giving myself "Boxing Day" off . . . no cooking today (though I did do 2 loads of laundry this morning).

65Esta1923
joulukuu 26, 2012, 12:56pm

I've had such a lovely time just reaching for a book, and reading at random that I might start MORE days this way!

66Nicole_VanK
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 26, 2012, 1:01pm

Finally made it to read more than a couple of minutes.

Yesterday evening (c. 10 to 11 p.m. my local time which is GMT+1): De tempel van Jeruzalem: Beeldvorming door de eeuwen heen: hugely disappointing if you already know anything about the subject (The temple of Jerusalem), but slightly interesting if you're interested in the history of specific models / reconstructions.

This morning (c. 6 to 8 a.m. my local time): finished the former and read Het Experiment in de Nederlandse film about Dutch experimental film. Much as the subject is close to my heart, this is clearly for the diehards only.

I wouldn't actually advise either to anybody.

(p.s.: Not to complain, but the Wiki seems more daunting than the last time. Will try to fill myself in later though).

67tardis
joulukuu 26, 2012, 1:48pm

I am a no-timeline reader, but today I'm having a "Do Nothing But Read" day, and I've just finished off the first book and first pot of tea :) The book was Polterheist by Laura Resnick and it was lightweight urban fantasy fun with a Christmas theme.

Next up, The Far West by Patricia C. Wrede.

68bertilak
joulukuu 26, 2012, 2:16pm

I read The bluffer's guide to philosophy while the in-laws were in a food coma after a fine Christmas dinner. It's an illustrated handbook with about one page of highlights each for all the major Western philosophers up to around the 1950s. Accurate, with some flippancy and a bit of snark for seasoning.

Now back to Jim Butcher ...

69Ameise1
joulukuu 26, 2012, 3:15pm

I've finished On the Trail of the Scissorman (Galvanic Century) by Michael Coorlim. It's a nice short story something between Sherlock Holms/Dr. Watson and Frankenstein's monster.

The next reading will be Bride of a Bygone War by Preston Fleming.

70mamzel
joulukuu 26, 2012, 4:08pm

I hope everyone's having a wonderful Christmas. We had a very low key affair. When my son came we opened presents, then I made pumpkin scones and proceeded to enjoy the Dr. Who marathon, catching up on my neglected newspapers. I've finished The Book Thief and Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill.

71Nicole_VanK
joulukuu 26, 2012, 4:13pm

Pumpkin scones? Don't get me wrong though: sounds interesting.

And, indeed, merry Christmas (or any other yule-time festival of your preference) one and all!

72KarenElissa
joulukuu 26, 2012, 4:37pm

I read for a couple of hours on Sunday on the train (what else would a book lover do on a long train ride?!) :) I started Predictably Irrational. I'll be reading again tomorrow on the train ride back home. I'll finish up Predictably Irrational, amazingly enough I haven't got much reading in while visiting family, and then I'm not sure what is up next, I have a number of library books to work on.

73Cariola
joulukuu 26, 2012, 5:19pm

I just got steered to the Readathing and signed on (no timeline). I'm going to be reading first The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan. I have about 120 pages to go. Morgan is one of my favorite historical fiction writers. After that, I will be trying to read one or two shorter books, including some stories by Hilary Mantel.

74tardis
joulukuu 26, 2012, 5:22pm

I finished The Far West, which was excellent and I'm sad that it appears to be the end of that series because the characters and the setting really appealed to me. This copy was from the library but I will definitely be buying the paperback when it is out.

Next up: Queen of Thorns by Dave Gross.

75LucindaLibri
joulukuu 26, 2012, 6:23pm

Welcome One and All!!

I read for a couple different hours this afternoon and entered them on the timeline. Started Lying Awake by Mark Salzman and Immaculate Midnight by Ellen Hart.

Back to more reading . . . and fighting a cold/flu bug.

76Litfan
joulukuu 26, 2012, 6:43pm

Mamzel, pumpkin scones are so yummy! Sounds like a great Christmas.

LucindaLibri I hope you feel better soon... books cure everything.

I read for most of the afternoon, stopping at 5:30 to get dinner together. I'm almost halfway through That's Not a Feeling, which is a debut novel and quite darkly funny and sad at once, and difficult to put down. Very impressed so far.

I have decided that I've got to get these for the next ReadaThing-- about sums up all I do during ReadaThing :-)

http://www.cafepress.com/+eat_sleep_read_womens_dark_pajamas,520060847

77majkia
joulukuu 26, 2012, 7:30pm

I've finished A Conspiracy of Kings. Alas, I'm going to miss Gen. Sigh.

Will be starting Warhost of Vastmark a bit later this evening.

78lottpoet
joulukuu 26, 2012, 7:36pm

I read an hour Christmas Eve and eight hours in 1-2 hour chunks on Christmas Day. In that time, I managed to finish the last half of my re-read of Hart's Hope by Orson Scott Card. It was a very different story than I read when I was in college. My reaction then was cool (brutal) fairytale!, now I'm all into the probing of responsibility, free will, forgiveness, vengeance and retaliation. It's still really brutal--I often felt like I needed a shower after reading a chapter or two. But it read quickly and was one of my more enjoyable re-reads this year.

I tried (for the second time) to start The Tree of Swords by C.J. Cherryh, but I just couldn't get into it. Which I suppose is just as well as it's an inter-library loan book that's about 3 weeks overdue.

Besides those two, I've been reading a bit of Ink by Hal Duncan and Northwest of Earth by C.L. Moore. Ink is the second book in the duology of The Book of All Hours. I'm enjoying it, but it's just not wowing me as much as the first. Although that kind of awe is difficult to replicate. I'm enjoying the stories of Northwest of Earth, but I have to say that the publisher, Planet Stories, in this volume is not following the conventions of dialogue layout and that makes it really difficult to keep track of who's talking. It's irking me much more than I thought I would, so I pull the book off the shelf, excited to read another Northwest Smith story, get about 1/3 of the way through a story, get progressively more annoyed by the weird formatting as I push through to the end of the story, then put the book back on the shelf for another week or so. I should probably just try to find another edition that would collect these stories.

I also just started The Patron Saint of Plagues by Barth Anderson. I haven't firmly committed to it yet, but it was fun to read after playing Pandemic (a gift for my sister) all Christmas Eve. That's may just be enough to keep me going with the book.

79torontoc
joulukuu 26, 2012, 10:07pm

I finished Granta 80 yesterday and have started Limassol by Yishai Sarid. I don't have a timeline but plan to read as I look out on the snowfall happneing this week.

80LucindaLibri
joulukuu 26, 2012, 11:22pm

Love those jammie LitFan :)

Keep up the good reading everyone.

I read for another hour this evening, then fell asleep for a bit . . . taking more cold medicine and giving up for today . . . more reading tomorrow.

81Ameise1
joulukuu 27, 2012, 4:42am

Poor Lucinda, get well soon!

82connie53
joulukuu 27, 2012, 5:48am

Get well soon, Lucinda.

83Litfan
joulukuu 27, 2012, 8:43am

After a break for dinner and a Criminal Minds episode with hubby, I read That's Not a Feeling from 9:30 - 12:30 last night, and it's fabulous. Made me laugh out loud several times and I think hubby thought I was losing it! About 3/4 done and will probably finish today.

Although I'm off my full time job this week and most of next, my Thursday practice I'll be doing from 3-8 today, but will get some reading in before work and hopefully this evening.

Hope everyone has a great day and Lucinda hope you wake up feeling much better today!

84Ameise1
joulukuu 27, 2012, 10:54am

I've just finished Bride of a Bygone War by Preston Fleming. It's an enthralling story.

Next book I'm reading is Escaping Life: Running from reality is sometimes more painful than… by Michelle Muckley.

I hope everybody is still enjoying their reading :-).

85emperatrix
joulukuu 27, 2012, 1:08pm

Finished John Green's The Fault in our Stars last night. This was the first time I read John Green and I went into it with really high expectations... I think I expected too much. It was alright, emotional and intelligent, but I found the characters hard to believe. Meh.

Just started Deanna Raybourn's Silent Night (sorry, no touchstone appears for this one) to wrap up the year.

It's been a good week for catching up on my reading :)

86Pragyasharma
joulukuu 27, 2012, 1:51pm

emperatrix, try reading Looking for Alaska John Green

Get well soon, Lucinda.

87mamzel
joulukuu 27, 2012, 2:17pm

Litfan - love the PJs. They should be the uniform for this Readathing!

I finished the first of the Dresden Files series, Storm Front. I'm going to continue with this series. I started another book, Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore. I've had this for a while. Not quite off the shelf but off the floor. ;-)

88torontoc
joulukuu 27, 2012, 3:26pm

I just finished Limassol good in a brutalist spy life is hell way- the only comparison I have is watching the BBC spy series " Spooks" or MI-5.

89LucindaLibri
joulukuu 27, 2012, 4:33pm

Read some more earlier today (9-10 am and noon-1pm, US-CST). Got through a bit more of Lying Awake (which I'm loving), Beat Fatigue With Yoga (which is helpful), and Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

BTW, I've been following the Moby Dick Big Read one chapter a day over at http://mobydickbigread.com . Sometimes I listen to the audio file (downloaded via the website or iTunes) of the Chapter for the Day. Other times I just look at the artwork posted for the day and read the chapter in the book. I can definitely say that I would never have made it all the way through Moby Dick without this "one chapter a day" system . . . worth a look-see if you are at all interested.

My timer says my tea is done brewing . . . so back to the reading.

(Thanks for all the well-wishes . . . today it seems to have settled into just a nasty cold rather than the flu . . . so annoying, but I think I'll live :)

90bostonian71
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 27, 2012, 5:29pm

Colds are no fun either -- get well soon!

I've been reading on and off all week (hoping to get some good interrupted time this weekend now that all the family events are over). I've finally managed to finish The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss -- dark in some places, but fascinating and intricate -- and I'm hoping to finish Locked Rooms by Laurie King by the weekend. I've also started Rothfuss's second Kvothe book, The Wise Man's Fear, but since it's 1000 pages I might put it on the back burner for the week in favor of getting the King mystery done.

91connie53
joulukuu 27, 2012, 6:20pm

Read for two hours on thursday in Spotgaai by Suzanne Collins. I will go and fill the slots now.

Its allready friday over here and i just got in from seeing The Hobbit with my family. A long sit but certainly worth it.

92crazy4reading
joulukuu 27, 2012, 9:44pm

I have been reading for about 2 hours tonight and I finally finished reading The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory. Now I will be starting The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent and Breaking News by Fern Michaels.

The Heretic's Daughter is for my book club and the Fern Michaels book is an ER book. I would love to be able to finish one these books before the new year. It won't get me close to finishing any of my challenges.

Connie glad you enjoyed The Hobbit movie. I want to go see that and Les Mis.

93LucindaLibri
joulukuu 27, 2012, 11:57pm

Also want to see The Hobbit and Les Mis (and Lincoln) . . . but will likely wait until they come to the bargain theater (which will be many moons from now) . . . so am continuing with my reading: a bit more in Immaculate Midnight by Ellen Hart from 3:30-4pm this afternoon and then from 8-9pm tonight. Off to fill in the timeline and then to bed . . . see you all tomorrow!

94jjmcgaffey
joulukuu 28, 2012, 3:01am

Well, I sneaked in a couple half-hours of reading, at various tables - at my parents, I read the novella In Sea-Salt Tears by Seanan McGuire. Very rich, though I'm glad I read the book first or I'd have been seriously confused. The novella is back-story for One Salt Sea, which I read a little while ago. At home I finally managed to finish Moon of Three Rings by Andre Norton - oof. It's written in very high style - Norton style, but more so than most Nortons - and with a lot of twisty plotting that just falls apart at the end (as in, plots by the characters, not by the author). I'm reading the whole series - I have the next one and the omnibus of the last two - but I think I'll read something else in between. Oh, and I finally finished The Medusa and the Snail by Lewis Thomas - finished that the day after Christmas, I think. Not wonderful - he's vague where I want precision and very precise and technical where I don't think it matters. His books always sound great and don't live up to their promise, for me.

My sister and her family have gone home, I've slept for about 22 hours in the past 48 and am feeling practically human again, and hopefully I'll be able to get in some more reading in the next few days. Just have to help my clients with various new (and old) computers, help my parents head off for Panama on the 30th, play with my new Nexus 7...

95riverwillow
joulukuu 28, 2012, 8:14am

Have been reading off and on ber the last few days and finished Cold Days which I really enjoyed and it seems the series is finally back on track.

Am now reading Notorious Nineteen, am going for the light stuff at the moment although I want to, finally, read Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies next, although they may be the first books of 2013!

96bertilak
joulukuu 28, 2012, 10:35am

Finished Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft in time for the Wednesday discussion at the Weird Tradition group and finished Cold Days this morning. Cold Days is one of the finest genre novels I have ever read, but it would not make sense unless you had read the previous books in the Harry Dresden series.

>95 riverwillow:, yes Harry hit bottom in the previous book and bounced back, but he is going to have serious constraints in the future books.

Now starting a more holiday-appropriate book, The Gospel According to Harry Potter and off to the in-laws again for some fondue.

97emperatrix
joulukuu 28, 2012, 11:00am

Finished Deanna Raybourn's Christmas novella, Silent Night. It was short and sweet, and just enough to tide me over until the next Julia Grey novel.

Now, I'm kind of stuck on what to read next... to the TBR pile!

98KarenElissa
joulukuu 28, 2012, 11:03am

I read for more or less 5 hours yesterday on the train back home. I finished Predictably Irrational and started What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. Now that I'm back home, and enjoying the peace and quiet by myself, I plan to do some more reading.

99Litfan
joulukuu 28, 2012, 4:50pm

Hello all,

I've managed about 5 hours of reading today, having the house to myself. I was kept company in the book nook by the cats, and finished The People of Forever are Not Afraid. It was a good book, although quite deep and heavy, and I think my next read will need to be something a bit lighter. I will keep reading til hubby gets home, and then again before bed.

100staffordcastle
joulukuu 28, 2012, 5:06pm

I spent a couple of hours last night reading A Local Habitation and my lunch hour today reading An Assembly Such as This. Getting close to the end of that one, will probably finish it tonight.

101Ameise1
joulukuu 28, 2012, 5:32pm

I finished my 6th book Escaping Life: Running from reality is sometimes more painful than… by Michelle Muckley since the Readathing start.
My next reading is Accomplished Mysteries Bundle (Books 1 & 2) by Dara England.

I hope everybody is still enjoying their reading :-)

102majkia
joulukuu 28, 2012, 6:40pm

still working on The Warhost of Vastmark which as usual for Janny, is great! But I haven't had to resort to a dictionary.... yet.

103infjsarah
joulukuu 28, 2012, 8:29pm

Finished The testament of Jessie Lamb yesterday which I found thought provoking despite its lukewarm reviews on LT. It certainly has faults but I thought it showed the contradictions of adolescence very well.
Have started on Bitterblue this evening.
Can't sleep now so reading threads.

104clue
joulukuu 28, 2012, 10:17pm

I didn't mean to start The End Of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe just yet but it was by my chair last night and the mystery I'm reading wasn't so I read the first 30 or so pages of it and it's really good. I'm getting 2 to 3 hours reading in a day and I'll probably finish both of these although it's not what I planned.

105Litfan
joulukuu 28, 2012, 10:39pm

A bit more time reading The Winter Witch by the fire and the Christmas tree this evening; reading the first few pages I didn't think I would like it, but it's definitely growing on me. Seems like sort of a supernatural romance with some mysteries built in, so a nice change of pace from some of the heavier stuff I'd been reading. Going to curl up in bed with it now (soon to be joined, I'm sure, by the cats, who have become heat-seeking missiles during the colder weather we're having).

I have to share that my hubby is both mystified and amused by ReadaThing. Forgetting about my having to work yesterday evening, he called me before leaving work and told me later he thought maybe I hadn't answered because we weren't allowed to answer the phone during ReadaThing. He also asked, when I did laundry, if I was sure we were allowed to do chores during ReadaThing. (Both said tongue in cheek, but if there were rules against household chores during ReadaThing I sure wouldn't complain!)

Happy reading to everyone :-)

106lottpoet
joulukuu 29, 2012, 12:18am

I read for eight hours total today. I didn't quite finish Ink: The Book of All Hours, but hope to tomorrow. I took time out in the middle of the day to read another story from Northwest of Earth.

107jjmcgaffey
joulukuu 29, 2012, 1:43am

I actually got in a full hour of reading today - sneaked off to a library and read Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey off their new book shelf. I'll put it in the timeline. Nice book - I liked it better than the previous one or two in the Collegium series.

108riverwillow
joulukuu 29, 2012, 8:53am

>96 bertilak: I felt the last book was more about where Jim Butcher wanted Harry to be rather than where he was and as a result couldn't engage with the plot.

Managed to get some reading in this morning and finished Notorious Nineteen which passed the time, am not sure why I continue with this series as nothing new has happened for several books.

109connie53
joulukuu 29, 2012, 9:18am

I did not do any reading at all. Our daugther and her friend have bought a house and we went there to see it. Perhaps I can read an hour this afternoon.

110Jacksonian
joulukuu 29, 2012, 9:26am

Finished A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court around midnight last night.

111Ameise1
joulukuu 29, 2012, 10:32am

112majkia
joulukuu 29, 2012, 10:54am

we are at home after an exhausting and upsetting few days on the road. good to be home. Will resume reading Warhost of Vastmark once I'm caught up on a couple of things.

113Cariola
joulukuu 29, 2012, 11:34am

My reading has been sketchy for the past 24 hours, but I did finish The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan last night. Despite the cheesy title, it was a great read; Morgan is one of my favorite historical fiction writers, but he is often cursed with bad titles. The first one I read, which hooked me on his fine writing and well drawn characters, was Passion, which sounds more like something by Danielle Steele than about the Romantic poets.

I've moved on to Learning to Talk, a short story collection by Hilary Mantel. It's snowing hard here, so it will be a good day to hunker down with a book or two.

114LucindaLibri
joulukuu 29, 2012, 12:21pm

Spent yesterday rearranging my computer space and reading, so the computer was off. Will fill in my times on the timeline . . . read more in Immaculate Midnight by Ellen Hart and Beat Fatigue with Yoga . . . Best of all, this morning I finished Lying Awake by Mark Salzman a wonderful book about religion/medicine/faith/science and life in and out of the cloister.

You all are reading quite a variety of interesting books . . . I'm definitely going to have to check out: What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained and Escaping Life: Running from reality is sometimes more painful than discovering the truth

Two and a half more days of the ReadaThing to go here in Minnesota. Trying to finish at least two more books to meet my 2012 Challenge . . .

115mamzel
joulukuu 29, 2012, 12:28pm

I finished and really enjoyed Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore, a delightful combination of fantasy and historical fiction with touches of humor and Impressionist art. The printing is in blue ink and there are plates of art by the Impressionists. On to the second of the Dresden Files series, Storm Front.

116riverwillow
joulukuu 29, 2012, 12:44pm

Have finally had a spare minute to update the timeline by adding in my reading time so far.

117connie53
joulukuu 29, 2012, 1:10pm

-> 112, Upsetting! That does not sound good!

I read for an hour and finished Spotgaai by Suzanne Collins and I could not decide what to read next. It's only 2 days until the ROOTs challenge starts and that idea did not help. But I finally stood before my BTL row and waited untill a book called out to me.

Next book: Ze komt nooit meer terug by Hans Koppel

118crazy4reading
joulukuu 29, 2012, 1:23pm

I have been reading Breaking News by Fern Michaels. I am finding it enjoyable. I hope to get some more reading in this weekend.

119LucindaLibri
joulukuu 29, 2012, 2:54pm

>112 majkia: majkia . . . did you get caught in that nasty storm? Glad you made it home to safety!

120majkia
joulukuu 29, 2012, 5:40pm

we managed to avoid the storm, thankfully. But somehow Jim lost the master key that controls all the outside storage areas, so we had to call AAA and a locksmith to even get to the fuel line to fill the RV with diesel. And then we didn't have access to hooking the RV to electric or anything else, so we just headed home, and got caught in traffic jam after traffic jam.

But no lasting damage, so we're thankful for that.

121clue
joulukuu 29, 2012, 8:52pm

#105 You know, I'll bet if we sent the message out into the world that on any day a person reads they don't have to do household chores there would be a lot more readers in the world! LOL!

122Litfan
joulukuu 29, 2012, 9:54pm

#121, yes there would for sure!

Majkia, glad you made it home despite the frustrating trip.

Finished the fifth book of this ReadaThing, The Winter Witch which I ended up loving. It was the perfect book to read curled up by the fire on a rainy cold day, very atmospheric and suspenseful as well as funny and romantic. Moving on now to The Death of Bees which looks to be a bit of a darker tale so far....

123bertilak
joulukuu 30, 2012, 6:23am

Finished The Gospel According to Harry Potter: it has more parallels than I had noticed. In particular, even though I read all 7 books to my wife and son, I had not particularly thought about Harry's position on the Gryffindor Quidditch team: Seeker.

Since Winter Storm Freyr deposited 3 inches of snow here, it is back to the Comfy Chair with Philosophy as a way of life by Pierre Hadot. I am glad to have learned about Hadot recently. He is one of the few philosopher's of the 20th century, apart from technicians, that I can take seriously.

124connie53
joulukuu 30, 2012, 7:07am

> 120 - Majkia. That sounds really frustrating, but in the end you were home save.

This morning I read for another hour. In bed with a cup of tea, listening to the wind and rain outside the bedroom. It's way to warm for december, but it rains a lot during the night. I read 60 pages in Ze komt nooit meer terug by Hans Koppel. A translation of a swedisch book. It's also available in english and the title is She's never coming back.

125LucindaLibri
joulukuu 30, 2012, 11:28am

Finished another book this morning Beat Fatigue with Yoga . . . One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2013 is to recommit to my yoga practice . . . which used to be almost daily, but now is often only once a week . . . I have CFS/ME/CFIDS, so I really need to be better at doing whatever yoga I can do, even if it is only a few minutes, every day.

Later today I hope to finish Immaculate Midnight . . . if I do, I will have met my BOMBS 2012 Challenge and be all ready to start my 2013 Category Challenge.

Thanks to this group for giving the necessary motivation to meet these reading goals!

126crazy4reading
joulukuu 30, 2012, 1:59pm

I finished my book Breaking News today. I will be starting another book just not sure which one.

127majkia
joulukuu 30, 2012, 2:25pm

Still working my way through The Warhost of Vastmark. Great book but dense! No skimming through this puppy.

I'm about 2/3rds of the way through it. I'm thinking I might not get it done before the apple drops. Oh well....

128Ameise1
joulukuu 30, 2012, 5:09pm

I finished Lunch with Charlotte by Leon Berger, an asolutely great book. This was my 8th book for the Readathing.

Next one: Blood from Stone by Frances Fyfield

129tardis
joulukuu 30, 2012, 5:36pm

Finished A Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett. Starting Among Others by Jo Walton, which came VERY highly recommended.

130LucindaLibri
joulukuu 30, 2012, 7:38pm

Finished Immaculate Midnight by Ellen Hart . . . I love this mystery series set in the Twin Cities.

We're into the final hours of the Final 2012 ReadaThing! Do we have anyone in Australia or New Zealand? They will finish first with their ringing in of the New Year. Then the rest of us will gradually spin our way into 2013 over the next day+.

So, whenever it gets to you, Happy New Year! and Thanks for a great ReadaThing!

131sandragon
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 31, 2012, 2:53am

I didn't get a chance to read today but I worked on A Tale of Two Cities the last few nights and finally finished it. It's not a huge book, and it's not a bad book, I did enjoy it, but it seemed to take me an awful long time to read (a whole month, though I did finish up some shorter lighter reads in there) and I'm glad to be moving on to something else. Tomorrow night I'll try to read an hour or so before Readathing ends, starting either When Christ and His Saints Slept or The Night Circus. But it's my oldest's birthday as well and he's having some friends over for a hot pot and a sleepover so I can only hope I have the chance to read.

Happy New Year! I'll see you all next year!

132Nicole_VanK
joulukuu 31, 2012, 4:51am

Reading time was fragmented, but I did manage to read In search of Alice: Being the Adventures of William in Underland, by Guy Bousfield. It's a continuation of "Alice's adventures in Wonderland", first written during WW2 according to the foreword, and published in a somewhat rewritten form c. 1950.

It's a nice enough children's book, with some winks to grownups who might be reading along, in which we meet many old acquaintances (like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter) and several new ones. It's not on a par with Lewis Carroll though. The fact that the author divided the story over two dream sequences doesn't quite work, and was - IMHO - entirely unnecessary. Also the book somehow seems more dated than the original Alice. Good fun though.

133connie53
joulukuu 31, 2012, 5:07am

Another hour of reading in the morning in bed with a mug of tea. Outside children are setting of fireworks. That has been going on for days now, but it is only allowed on december 31 from 10.00 am until sometime on new yearsday, but it is hardly controllable by the police, so, mostly, boys are running around with firecrackers and noisy other things, scaring the little childeren and me!

Happy New Year to all!!! We have still 13 hours to go.

134infjsarah
joulukuu 31, 2012, 5:22am

Finished and reviewed Bitterblue last night. Hoping to move on to The Blinding Knife today. But have to do some housework first.

135jjmcgaffey
joulukuu 31, 2012, 7:50am

Actually got to sit down and read for a couple hours. Of course, I had to stay up all night to do it - but I wasn't getting to sleep anyway.

Read Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. It is (as several people told me it was) _much_ better than Magic Bites - the writing actually flows smoothly, unlike the first book. We learn a lot more about several characters, too. The actual crisis strikes me as a bit much - what is she going to deal with in the next book? - but whatever. Definitely planning to read the next book, too, but I have to find it in the library.

I didn't mean to read it - I was cleaning up some stacks of books and picked it up and glanced at it...and then it was an hour later and I was half-way through (yes, I read _very_ fast). So! What shall I read next?

136connie53
joulukuu 31, 2012, 10:07am

Just read for an hour in my chair in the livingroom while drinking some coffee. My book is nearly finished, but I do not know if this is a book that will count as a 2012 book. We will spend the evening with friends and you can't go there and read a book, can you?

137Ameise1
joulukuu 31, 2012, 11:03am

7 hours left until New Year. So, because I don't know if I'll get any other time to post here later on:

Thanks a lot for this fabulous Readathing. It was a great pleasure and I've got such a lot of reading time.

I wish you all

good health, a fantastic reading in 2013 and I hope to see everybody on the next Readathing in 2013

138Dilara86
joulukuu 31, 2012, 11:13am

On the non-fiction side, I read Les rituels du coucher de l'enfant, about what mothers from different cultures do to send their babies to sleep. Very interesting.

On the fiction side, I finished The New Moon's Arms by Nalo Hopkinson today. Not mindblowing, but quite enjoyable...

A Happy New Year to all !

139LucindaLibri
joulukuu 31, 2012, 12:10pm

Hi all!
Happy New Year to those who have arrived in 2013 . . . another 13 hours here.

>connie53 I understand about the fireworks . . . here we have that issue more around July 4th, but I'm sure there will be a few fireworks tonight . . . Though the temp is supposed to be below zero (F), so that might discourage them :)

I read another hour this morning in the Field of Dreams Reading Lounge with my tea and my cat . . . Moby Dick and Original Fire by Louise Erdrich . . . now I need to do some baking for tonight and tomorrow . . .

A Blessed New Year to All . . . and many happy hours reading in the New Year :)

140connie53
joulukuu 31, 2012, 1:01pm

> Lucinda. The weatherforcast for tonight is really bad for setting of fireworks, Rain, rain and some more rain and wind! So I think people set of theirs during the dry periods today. But the young people are walking around every year making lots of noise with crackers and such things. They must have to much money if they can buy all this stuff. Crisis, what crisis?

141Litfan
joulukuu 31, 2012, 3:27pm

Just finished The Death of Bees and it looks like that'll be my last book finished for 2012! Will probably spend a couple more hours reading later today as we still have several hours left of the year here on the east coast. Happy New Year everyone!

142KarenElissa
joulukuu 31, 2012, 3:57pm

Well, I have mostly just been reading in bits of pieces, on the bus and in between playing around on here, but I've finished What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained (not super deep, but fun, was good for the train), read Cecelia and Fanny (ok, but instead of being mostly about the two people, it just used them as a jumping off point to talk about the general history of the time), and I've started working of Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.

I'm off to Mass soon, so a bit more reading to come on the bus and probably some more this evening when I get home. It is cold an snowy out, so a good day to hide under the covers with a good book. :)

Happy New Year to all!

143Cariola
joulukuu 31, 2012, 4:10pm

I finished Learning to Talk, a fairly lackluster collection of short stories by Hilary Mantel, and have moved on to The Servants' Quarters by Lynn Freed. I doubt that I will finish it before the stroke of midnight, but I'll give it a go.

144mamzel
Muokkaaja: joulukuu 31, 2012, 4:35pm

I devoured Storm Front by Jim Butcher and went on to plow through A Morbid Taste for Bones, a Brother Cadfael episode by Ellis Peters. Got to go and start working for tonight's dinner. It's been a blast, folks. Have the rest of a good 2012 and I hope you will have a fabulous New Year!

145LucindaLibri
joulukuu 31, 2012, 6:08pm

>144 mamzel: lovely HNY image mamzel :)

I've been listening on and off to The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens this afternoon while napping and baking . . . Honestly, I find it rather dippy . . . but I'm trying to make my way through all of the Dickens that I've avoided for the past 50 years (most of which I enjoyed). Anyway, thanks to librivox for having an audio version to keep me company while I work in the kitchen.

I'm not filling in the timeline for this "reading" . . . I didn't really keep track of the times.

Happy New Year! (in about 7 hours here in Minnesota)

146bertilak
joulukuu 31, 2012, 6:51pm

I wedged The Steampunk Bible into my schedule, then went to see The Hobbit. Since New Year's Eve is a liminal time, now for The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.

147Esta1923
joulukuu 31, 2012, 6:57pm

Before you know it 2013 will be a fact ~~~ Hope it will be a happy, healthy year for all, with many good reading experiences.

148bostonian71
joulukuu 31, 2012, 8:06pm

Finished two books last night -- Laurie King's Locked Rooms (fun, and made me want to read some of Dashiell Hammett's fiction, since he showed up as a character), and How to be an Explorer of the World, a book with all sorts of activities to encourage observation and creativity that was a present from the in-laws.

149jjmcgaffey
joulukuu 31, 2012, 8:19pm

Read War Maid's Choice by David Weber - I do like Bahzell. Lots of interesting developments, one way and another. Though as usual, there are also a lot of dropped hints about future important events/developments, so I'm eagerly awaiting the _next_ book...

I'll be going to a party this evening, so I'm probably done reading - at least, done finishing books. I'd started Kon-Tiki a couple days ago, as a table book, but I've barely gotten through the first couple of chapters. Interesting story, but it drags a little as he explains how it all started.

Happy New Year!

150Jacksonian
joulukuu 31, 2012, 9:23pm

Just finished Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. Hated it. Too much science.

151staffordcastle
joulukuu 31, 2012, 10:30pm

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous and book-filled New Year for all of you!

152majkia
joulukuu 31, 2012, 10:43pm

Finished Warhost of Vastmark for my 79th book of the year. Wow.

And, the book was excellent!

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

153LucindaLibri
tammikuu 1, 2013, 1:03am

It's officially "Happy New Year" here in Minnesota . . . so the end of my Final 2012 ReadaThing.

I'll check back tomorrow morning to see how those of you further west managed.

Thanks to all for a great ReadaThing! Let's plan a few more in 2013!!

154calm
tammikuu 1, 2013, 6:13am

Well it is a while since we hit 2013 in the UK but I did read up until midnight and had great fun doing this readathon. I have put the full hours of reading onto the wiki and have managed to finish 5 books, two started before the readathon.

Thanks for setting this up. Hope you all have a great, book filled 2012!

155LucindaLibri
tammikuu 1, 2013, 1:04pm

Looking over the timeline, we did a pretty good job of filling in the times, though it looks like in the future we need to recruit more people from different parts of the globe to avoid some of the gaps :)

Already thinking about when to have the next ReadaThing . . . but I'll wait a week or so and then post a new thread :)

156tardis
tammikuu 1, 2013, 1:13pm

thanks, LucindaLibri! Just imagine all us no-timeline readers filling in the gaps :)

157connie53
tammikuu 1, 2013, 1:24pm

>155 LucindaLibri: - I thought the same, Lucinda! We need more people from downunder and europe!

158Nicole_VanK
tammikuu 1, 2013, 1:27pm

And insomniacs ;-)

Thanks for a good time everybody.

159jjmcgaffey
tammikuu 1, 2013, 1:45pm

155> Thanks/congratulations for handling this one entirely on your own, too! I'll try to be more helpful with the next one.

160Ameise1
tammikuu 1, 2013, 3:37pm

Thanks Lucinda for your fantastic organisation. I'm looking forward for the next Readathing. I tried to fill in the European gaps as much as I could and I was reading like a berserk, but I enjoyed it very much :-D

161Litfan
tammikuu 1, 2013, 8:40pm

Thanks Lucinda for setting this up-- it was a lovely ReadaThing and I am already looking forward to the next one! Happy New Year's to all.

162landslide
tammikuu 2, 2013, 12:29pm

Sorry for not posting during the readathon but I was on vacation...

Here's my logbook:
**What book or books did you read?
I dedicated this readathon to reading christmas short stories: A Present for Christmas by Shiloh Walker, Love's Greatest Gift: A Christmas Novella by Amy Gamet, Mistletoe Mischief by Stacey Joy Netzel, Bah, Humbug! A Romantic Comedy Novella by Heather Horrocks and started Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Collection by Sophie Barnes, Karen Erickson, Rena Gregory, Sandra Jones and Vivienne Lorret.
**Where did you read?
Mostly in bed.
**When did you read? How long did you read?
Mostly at night and sometimes also in the morning. Didn't keep track of the time I read.
**Doing anything else? food, music, listening to someone snore, watching the sun rise or set...
Not really. Just reading.

Other 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?
My only expectations were to read some nice christmas short stories. And they all delivered, some more than others. My favorites were Mistletoe Mischief and Bah, Humbug! A Romantic Comedy Novella. I'd recommend them if christmas short stories is also your thing. All fast reads and some a little touching sometimes.

Hope everyone had a very merry christmas and wish everyone a happy new year! See you all next readathon.

163maggie1944
tammikuu 2, 2013, 12:33pm

OK, I stopped by to announce my complete failure at participating. I did the Read-A-Thon instead and finished two books: The Dovekeepers and my ER book, The Liberator (a WWII soldier's story). I enjoyed both. Sorry I did not participate more. Maybe next time. Happy New Year everyone.