August/September 2014 ReadaThing: LOGBOOK
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We've already been chatting on another thread about what we PLAN to read. This thread is for what we ACTUALLY read, as well as 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 Suggestions for Comments:
**Is it a GOOD BOOK? Tell us what you thought of it...
**Were there any passages worth sharing? (because they made you smile, or shake your head, or stick a postit on the page)
**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/ReadaThing-AugSept2014
For those in the "No Timeline" group, please fill in the timeline indicating when you actually read and keep adding on as you feel moved to read throughout the weekend!
I'm looking forward to following everyone's reading projects . . . when I'm not reading myself!
Have a Great ReadaThing!
I'll be starting off with The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. I thought I'd be finished with it by now. I really was enjoying it, but then about half way through the plot took a turn that really pissed me off!! I almost threw it across the room. So I didn't read it for a few days. But it's for a book group, so I need to finish it. (And won't post any spoilers here about what got me so angry. :) I'll be reading in bed, with a cup of tea. Most likely my cat Marvel will join me.
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Reading!!!!
I'm hanging out in our family room with my husband who is watching football and my two little boys are sleeping upstairs. My favorite time of night! Off to read!
It is an excellent book. It exceeded my expectations because I had no idea part of it would be so emotional--a tear jerker. Yes, it brought tears to my eyes. I would definitely recommend it. I'm not quite done with it yet. It's mainly written for middle grade students, but then that's for which age group I write.
I finally finished a book I've been reading (as an ebook) for literally months. Lazette Gifford's Badlands. Interesting setting, great characters once I got into it - but the beginning was very slow and the ending was utterly annoying (ended on a side-trip, stopping before several important questions were answered). Also full of typos, unfortunately - I've done some editing work for Zette before, maybe I'll ask if she wants to rerelease this one with some work done. I did enjoy it, but I don't think I'll reread it over and over like her Muse and Ruins.
I read it on my phone, partly at the table over dinner (alone) and partly sitting on my sofa in my usual spot, with a cat curled up next to me (and regularly demanding petting).
Also at "[Lenin] suppressed his emotions to strengthen his resolve and cultivate the 'hardness' he believed was required by the successful revolutionary: the capacity to spill blood for the revolution's ends. There was no place for sentiment in Lenin's life. 'I can't listen to music too often,' he once admitted after a performance of Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata. 'It makes me want to say kind, stupid things, and pat the heads of people. But now you have to beat them on the head, beat them without mercy.'" Obviously the "need" to beat people is not amusing, but his reaction to music... hahaha.
I'll start with Manon Lescaut for an online class I'm taking.
Good luck, readers.
Curled up on the sofa with coffee and toast doesn't feel quite appropriate for the climax of Tigerman (which is awesome and made of win, to quote his diminutive companion), but it's far too early in the morning for whisky and I just don't like really strong builder's tea with a mountain of sugar in it. I remain a bit bewildered by the lady in the bookshop who told me it featured a psychic volcano. I suppose that's one way of interpreting it, but it's far from explicit - although it's clearly her headcanon, and far be it from me to argue with that if it works for her. I did briefly think it was going to break my heart, but it didn't in the end - although it was immensely satisfying for Harkaway's deft grasp of mythmaking plot arcs.
Now for a break to do some chores, and then I'll figure out whether it's Seroster, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, or some other childhood favourite up next.
This morning I have a cup of vanilla tea beside me.
It is cooler this morning so I have the door near me open to listen to the birds of morning. It will be hotter later, though, so I'll be reading inside, either here at my desk or in the great room in the comfy chair.
I finally finished A New New Testament (which initially comes up as Grimm's Fairy Tales in the touchstones :) I reviewed this book when it first arrived from ER, but at nearly 600 pages I was basically reviewing the concept (of adding 10 Early Christian writings to the traditional NT) based on scanning and sampling some of the "new" parts. I'll be adding to my review now that I've read the whole thing.
The rest of the morning totally got away from me . . . mostly because the Rainbow Chard from my garden that was going to go into my lunch didn't look good, so then I had to come up with something else for lunch, go to the grocery to get spinach so that what was going to be lunch will now become dinner . . . so much for spending the day reading!
One more confession: I'm using old pics of my reading spots . . . it's rainy and dreary here today so not the best light for new pics.
This is my corner. I usually just read in my chair there, at my desk...
But sometimes I lay on my "camping" chair (its "official" purpose, but its purpose as far as I'm concerned is a reclined chair in my living room since my couch sucks and I don't always want to sit in a desk chair!), which you can see somewhat in the first photo, in front of my regular chair.
Oh and for anyone curious, lol, the cardboard at the bottom of the first pic is the "rat ring." Since they're naughty crazy buggers who can't be let properly loose without spazzing.
Fun to see other people's reading spaces!
And happy to see that the open slot I had hoped to fill in got filled in by someone else while I was napping instead. :)
Since I'm posting via phone, I'll have to add myself to the timeline when I return home on Sunday.
Started and finished The Green Mile by Stephen King. Loved it. The movie is a favourite of mine, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how little the movie script deviated from the novel.
Around dinner-time I started Jo Nesbo's Cockroaches. I'd forgotten how good his writing is. This novel finds Harry, Nesbo's alcoholic Oslo police officer, sent to Bangkok to help cover up the fact that the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand has been found stabbed to death in a seedy brothel.
......not sure what I'll read after I've finished the Nesbo, but am considering two books: Ann Patchett's The Patron Saint of Liars, or perhaps I'll stick with mystery novels and tackle P.D. James' Devices and Desires.
Having fun with my first ReadaThing!
....there are other questions.....my reading area is far too messy to post a photo of right now. I read in bed, and it's unmade. Ate while eating lunch (a roast beef and mozzarella cheese sandwich, and some green seedless grapes), while eating dinner (salmon and broccoli), and read accompanied by the cat, until she started eating the book jacket, at which point I deposited her in the living room and closed the bedroom door.
I started by reading a few (relevant) chapters of How to be the world's smartest traveler by Christopher Elliott. I got some good advice and some good ideas, too.
Then I read my daily reading from the ECUSA's project, The Bible Challenge by Marek P. Zabriskie and the three readings (OT, Psalm, & NT). My parish is starting the challenge this fall in the Adult Book/Study Group. So far, so good.
And you really don't want me to post of picture of where I was reading... very plain vanilla & undecorated computer workstation. Not a work-cube, but a very bland & beige cinderblock office.
Last night's reading was tucked up in bed as my beloved other was out on the town with his work colleagues, and this morning I've been curled back up on the sofa with cold feet but a cup of very nice coffee, rediscovering the joy of full-fat milk (although I like the sound of using coconut for creamer, lucindalibri - I might have to give that a go). I'd forgotten how full whole milk makes me feel, and how satisfied. Yum.
I'm in two minds as to whether to persevere with Dragonlance. I'm not getting any joy from it, and the short choppy sentences and liberal exclamation marks are starting to make my teeth sore from gritting them... but the nostalgia bug may see me through. Maybe.
Pg 100 ish of Manon Lescaut. How gullible, naive etc, etc can Chevalier be. Well, let's find out!
No pressure about the pics . . .
I'm dairy-free now for my sinuses (it really helps!), though before that I used half-and-half or full cream in my coffee :) The coconut milk adds just enough creamy fat-filled feel to make coffee without real cream drinkable. :)
Time to go make tea and then do some reading with Miss Marvel (my black-and-white cat who looks like a masked, caped crusader, thus her comic book name :). I only checked in on LT to find my "Currently Reading" list . . . which, sad to say, contains TEN books . . . time to reduce that number by finishing some!!
Btw, love how so many of us read with our cats.
Love that space! (Is that a futon? I have a similar one in my living room . . . may read there later and post a photo.)
Read for another hour this morning. Made some more progress on Nicholas Nickleby and My Gender Workbook.
MGW is striking me as a bit dated now (published in 1998), though still might be useful for those questioning gender categories/identities. I picked it up again during the recent/ongoing kertuffle about "radical feminists" and transgender issues. I have many issues with how society wants to define "womanhood", but never to the extent that I felt I wasn't or didn't want to be a "woman". I've always figured the problem was with society, not with me. So, even though I know quite a few trans-identified people, I still find it difficult to imagine what it must be like to feel as if you were born into the "wrong" body . . . My Gender Workbook is designed as a workbook to explore these issues through exercises . . . so useful if one is experiencing those kinds of questions/issues, but not really helping me "get it" any more than the several other books I've read on this topic have. I suppose it is something you have to live through to really understand, but I'm trying.
This time I was sitting on my front porch . . . thought I had a pic in my member gallery, but apparently not . . .
Updating now that I found the pic (from a RaT in 2012):
I like the look of your porch - all that greenery out the window!
Starting off with my first 3, 3, 3, & 2:15 segments of time I have read:
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch; (4*),
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman; (5*),
Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden; (5*),
and am well into Outlander by Diana Gabaldon which is such a chunkster, I am reading bits of it in between the others.
Firstly, I almost always read IN bed, although I manage a few pages on the shuttle bus to and from the parking lot and my office. :)
Last night I finished reading The Guns of Navarone, my first Alistair MacLean book. It was different from the movie (which I love), but I liked it fine. My reading slot was almost over, but I decided to start another book anyway, and I wound up staying awake until Wolf Brother was finished. Yippee! Two books complete, and BOTH were ROOT challenges.
This evening's slot was filled with The Enforcer, an autobiography of "Happy Jack" Burbridge. Jack was a horrible, violent criminal, but one day asks God to save him from himself, and so Jack becomes a born-again Christian. Very interesting story, and another ROOT book "off the shelves". Onward...
I finally finished The Signature of All Things, though now I need to do some research and fact-checking regarding some of the science in the book. I definitely enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half, but am glad I made it all the way through . . . I rarely show up at book group unless I've finished the book.
Appreciating that this RaT has gotten me to FINISH three books! (I'm much better at starting books than finishing them!) Yeah me!!
One more Reading Area pic . . . with cat.
A good thread to bookmark for "how do to things in your posts" (like post images) is:
(First you upload the image to your Member Gallery, which you can get to from your Profile page, then right-click on the image to "copy image location", then use the image code described in the how to do things thread above.)
I'm tempted to try to upload a video of my cat trying to distract me while I'm reading (which she does several times a day), but I'm guessing any of you with cats can imagine that . . . and those of you without cats could do without any more cat videos :)
I read sitting on my couch, with my cats hanging about and pestering me. I ate more or less continuously while I read - cheese and cinnamon bread and buttermints (not together, in sequence), and drank water. I've no idea why I was so hungry, I ate dinner only a couple hours before.
My overly used, underly pretty, but very comfy couch. I was once again reading while laying down on here. I was working on Fibromyalgia For Dummies by Roland Staud. Got a few chapters further. Getting pretty close to being done, too. Nothing in this world feels quite like finishing a book you've been reading on for a long time (I started it a few months ago). Though one of my kitties, Pocky, decided to prove the cliche of a cat trying to get in front of what you're reading. She just wanted attention, or so she claimed. Hah! But yes, off to edit the wiki then pass out in bed (hafta drive my fiancee to work in about three hours, oops...). Am I the only one who would love a ReadAThing every month? Might hafta learn me some stuff, so that I can try and make that happen. Good night all.
I put in over an hour last night and again this morning (but failed to make a note of exact times, so I'll just claim an hour of each) and persevered through Dragons of Autumn Twilight. It does improve stylistically (a little) after the first 100 pages, but I'm not going to make myself reread the rest of the trilogy. Enough to know I loved these as a teenager, and I don't love them as an adult. So I'm off to grab something else to curl up with in the attic after lunch.
I will begin A Clash of Thrones at this time.
This is an older pic but I can assure you, only the book has changed. Here's my reading place this afternoon
I was going to try to read during the empty slots today, but then my cat decided that I should do many loads of laundry today, so she got sick on as many things in the bedroom as she could manage . . . YUK!
But other people filled in the reading slots . . . YEAH!!!
Will still try to do SOME reading, but for someone with CFS/ME (me), being hit with a pile of housework is pretty exhausting, so may be spending most of the day napping/resting (when not doing laundry, 3 loads down, several more to go).
Thanks for the RaT Relay Team for keeping things going!
I think I'm going to start Death in Holy Orders by P.D. James next, although there is a possibility that I might try out a Richard Castle book instead. My son picked me up a copy of Storm Front (the first Derrick Storm book), and as I love the show, I may give it a read today.
Enjoying the ReadAThing! Love seeing everyone's reading spaces!
Other reads this weekend: A.J. Jacobs' Drop Dead Healthy, the current "funny-book-to-read-at-nighttime" selection, and David Sax's Save the Deli.
In my late slot last night I continued on with Outlander and felt like taking up some free reading time this A.M. so I read a Susan Hill I have been looking forward to: The Woman in Black. (3 1/2*) It was good but not as good as some of her others I have read. I do enjoy her writing very much however.
My 1st actual reading 'shift' of the day is due to begin now. Hmmm, what to choose.............
Edited to say that I oopsed! I accidentally moved my afternoon reading slot up by 2 hours & read from 3:00 to 8:00 instead of 5:00 to 8:00. Better for me anyway as I got three really good books in:
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell; (4*); loved it!
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons; (4 1/2*); loved it a lot!
Young Man With a Horn by Dorothy Baker; (5*); loved it to the moon & back!
I don't believe I read in Outlander at all. I must do that in my slot tonight.
A wonderful day of reading spent in my rocking chair & on my bed. I even made myself a diet vanilla Pepsi out of my hubby's soda pop. I don't drink the stuff but it just sounded good today and it went with my books very well. :-)
I love that show (Castle)! Had no idea there were actual books . . . I thought it was just a fictional writer and fictional books only on TV :)
Just checked . . . apparently the books came later . . . once the show was successful . . . as far as I can tell there is no actual "Richard Castle" outside of the TV series, but ABC and Hyperion books found a way to cash in :)
Kinda disappointed in the book, actually. I'm normally addicted to the rich guy/poor girl romance novel trope, but this one fell a bit flat this time. It felt too cliche, you know? *shrugs* That's a hazard of the free romance novel genre, though. They don't have to be the very best thing ever to be published. I'm glad I read it, because it had its cute points, but it's gonna get deleted and never seen or heard from again on my Nook HD. , which is still pretty good.
Now if I could just pick my next book... My comfy, comfy couch awaits me to curl up on it and read some more.
Unfortunately had an exciting evening. My ISP cut off our internet. When I called the help line with the reference number I was told one of our email accounts had been hacked. I was on the phone with them for 30 minutes, this after having fought through waiting cues to talk to them for about an hour. Supposedly all is well now, but that cut into my reading time!
After I'd signed off, I looked at my TBR stack, and read Glen Rounds' Stolen Pony, a simple story that lovers of horses, dogs, cowboys, and the like, should enjoy. It is about a pretty pony that is stolen by horse thieves, but abandoned once it is discovered that the pony is blind. Assisted by his friend, a dog, the pony tries to find his way home. Cute story, I liked it.
It is my habit on "National Holidays" to read some United States History. On the Fourth of July I started A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. This is definitely NOT the sanitized history we got in school. Much of the details make me rather ashamed of my country. So much so, that I can't read much more than a chapter at a time. This morning I read the chapter about the Mexican-American War (1845-1848) . . . during which the US continued its march of "manifest destiny" and took over what used to be half of Mexico. Last night I read the chapter on "our" battles against the Native American tribes. The next chapter is on slavery. I'm hoping to keep reading in this book today until I get to the sections on labor uprisings and the Haymarket "affair/riot/massacre" in Chicago in 1886 which eventually inspired "Labor Day". . . . though I'm not sure I'll make it.
Last night I also realized that my "Currently Reading" list contains no fiction, so I checked out what's next in some of the "series" I've been reading:
Willa Cather: A Lost Lady
Louise Erdrich: Tales of Burning Love
Ellen Hart (Jane Lawless Mysteries): An Intimate Ghost
So if the US History gets too depressing, I'll read one of those.
SO, enjoy the final 9.5 hours of the ReadaThing!
>66 majkia: glad you got it all worked out. My ISP (a local company) has no service on the weekends at all, so I would have been out of luck. Early in August my modem started flaking out (disconnecting every six minutes) and it took a several days to get it all sorted out.
During the 10:00-noon slot today I was reading The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, which a book group I'm in will be discussing later this month. This book started out slowly for me, but is picking up as more action is occurring.
This has really been lovely Read-a-Thing especially as we have had gloomy days all weekend up until this lovely morning.
Thank you so much for setting this up for our enjoyment.
no bows necessary, but love the little image :) LOL!
I read a little in bed, and a little in the bath, but mostly on the couch in the living room while my husband played Mass Effect 2. Occasionally, one of my cats would come join me for a while.
I read some on Friday night, for a few hours on Saturday, and all afternoon and evening on Sunday. Other than reading, I went to a friend's to play Cards Against Humanity, saw Ghostbusters in the theater, and did a bunch of household stuff. :-)
As for reading, my finacee is playing video games, so this seems the perfect time to read a book. I started a new Victorian-set romance novel last night (I didn't fill a time slot for it, though, because I only got a half hour in before going to bed), and it's pretty cute so far. I have an addiction to historical romance novels, so yay. Or maybe I'll read a library book? Because I do need to finish them soon. *shrugs* Guess we'll see when I come to log it in later. *goes to check the timeline* Wait, it's over in an hour and a half? Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! Good thing I can still plop my name in the 7pm slot.
Feel free to keep reading! :)
I read some more in A People's History of the United States, but now I've got to go some things and may not make it back in time to "officially close" the ReadaThing. So if anyone wants to extend it until tomorrow I say GO FOR IT!
It's been a great RaT!! Thanks to Everyone for participating!!
Also, sad face, because I didn't end up reading for the last hour of the ReadaThing. My stomach insisted that I feed it, and by the time I was done cooking, serving, and eating, there wasn't enough time left to get in any reading from 7pm-8pm.
See you all when the next one comes around...
>87 jjmcgaffey: Oh, Good Omens! That's one of my favorite books! Do you also read Pratchett's Discworld novels? I love how he used Death from those for Death in Good Omens. It amused my inner fangirl so.
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch; (4*),
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman; (5*),
Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden; (5*),
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill; (3 1/2*)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell; (4*)
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons; (4 1/2*)
Young Man With a Horn by Dorothy Baker; (5*)
Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg; (5*)
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote; (3 1/2*)
Mia by Robert Nathan; (4*)
and I read more than half of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon throughout the RaT; so far I would rate this one at (4 1/2*)
Thank you so much for all of the interesting comments, conversation & photos. But I especially want to thank LucindaLibri for hosting the party. It was lovely and I got to read some really good books.
Yeah, my tolerance for absurdity is pretty low - higher for books than video or live shows, but not very high. Piers Anthony is another that I enjoy in very small quantities. I do love the Hitchhiker books, but I don't try read them all in a row...
Someone is killing the young women of Murdock's senior high school class. In the days leading up to Christmas, during a blizzard, the killer taunts the town sheriff with grisly clues. The last time there was a murder in town was 1958...there have been three today.
The book isn't meeting my first, favorable impression of it. The pace gets bogged down in too much exposition, and the characters all lead bitter lives full of guilt and regret that I get to hear too much about. Bummer. I'm about half-way through. The book isn't bad enough to jet, but I am glad that it was published before authors felt that every horror book had to be more than 400 pages. Seriously, it doesn't even work for Stephen King, and he's got 'the knack.'
Still, it touches on some of my favorite things in horror and suspense fiction- snow, Christmas, an agreeably high body count, a psycho killer, and a trashy, lurid cover.
ETC grimmer nd sich.