October/Halloween 2014 ReadaThing: LOGBOOK
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The October/Halloween ReadaThing is about to begin!
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-Oct2014
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!
That being said (or copied and pasted, if you prefer), go out there and read up some scary books! Celebrate Halloween all week (I know I will).
I've been out all evening but will be able to settle in for some reading soon, starting with The Greyfriar.
I read on the big sofa downstairs, lying on my side with a pillow under my arm propping me.
I may switch to the audiobook (narrated by Tim Curry, Alan Cumming) before bed.
ETA - yay, I filled in a gap! Nobody had read at 10 pm PDT.
I spent my reading time in my usual reading place: on my bed. I got up when the hubby announced supper: Reuben sandwiches with homemade chocolate cake for desert. Love my man! Then it was right back to my books while he watched the telly.
I read in bed with 2 dogs on top of me and 1 under my left arm. Luckily they're little dogs.
I wish I could do it every day this week!
From 8 am to 9 am reading Dracula - which is weird. I know the story, even some of the details, but I've never actually read the book (or seen any of the movies) so I don't know exactly how it will be expressed. It's also interesting reading it right after Blood Red by Mercedes Lackey; the first part, in Castle Dracula, is set in the same area and runs into some of the same types of people and superstitions (which aren't, in both cases). Now everyone's in England, so that link is gone, but so many echoes of so many vampire stories...
From 10 to 11, and again from noon until 3, I read Sparrow Hill Road (and finished it). That is fantastic. Ghost stories, yeah, but dealing with people, and all the myriad ways people think and feel and act. They're really a bunch of short stories packed together into a book - same protagonist, a very twisty timeline (particularly since several of the stories happen in at least two times), and a really nasty Big Bad (who isn't in all the stories, just a few). There are some really unhappy stories - ones where there's nothing that can be done - and some that are rife with possibilities. Death isn't the end...sometimes it's a beginning, or a beginning again. I do love Seanan's stuff, and this one is among the best.
There's also a couple tiny mentions of the family in the Incryptid series - one mention of the Healys, and an appendix with Price family descriptions of some of the creatures Rose comes across. Fascinating.
And now I need to scan their covers and return Sparrow Hill Road and Dry Storeroom No. 1 - they're due back today. More reading later.
Tonight I plan to read more in the Bronte bio and some scary short stories.
Hope I've not stepped on any toes.
I think it's great you filled in the empty slots! More than 1 person can read in each slot so I'm sure you haven't hurt any feelings.
I'm closing in on the ending of Joyland by Stephen King. I wonder how it will end...
I've been filling in slots as I read - I'm in the No Timeline group, and several of us do that. So there aren't as many blank spaces as it appears, some of them just get filled in after the fact.
Busy afternoon/evening; finally managed some time starting at 9:30, and read through until 12:30 am. I'm about 3/4 done with A Red Heart of Memories. Lovely book, like most of Nina Kiriki Hoffman's - and such rich characters. I've read A Stir of Bones a couple times, and I remember them then (it's a prequel written after the rest); it's interesting seeing this different angle. I have Past the Size of Dreaming, the next book, to read when I'm done with this - but now bed.
Hi Jennifer. I have 3 alarm clocks set up in my room so yes, unless someone else steps in, I will be reading during all of those hours. I am retired & so can nap & snooze when I feel the need. And I don't mind reading the nights so much. I am reading two books that are over a thousand pages each & so was planning at least 6 hours a day anyway.
Last night and today I have continued to read more in both of my chunksters, The Brontes & Dragonfly in Amber. I also have read: East of the Mountains by David Guterson, House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III, (kind of creepy) Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin, (very creepy) The Other by Thomas Tryon, (definitely in the horror genre) and I am half way through Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, (definitely the horror, creepy, crawly genre).
Well, back to it. Had an hour to eat, shower & post. Picking up Uncle Silas again.
>37 rainpebble: Have fun! I work for myself, but things keep interfering with plans to just read...thanks for being able and willing to step in.
Since my last post I have continued reading Uncle Silas and am loving it. Also through the evening, night & this A.M. I read:
Christine by Stephen King; (3*),
The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin; (4*),
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie; (4*), &
Night Tales II: Nightshade & Night Smoke by Nora Roberts; (3*).
I have also been reading from a compilation of Poe, from Mistresses of the Dark and from 50 Great Horror Stories.
Gonna snag something to eat & hit the rack for a couple.
I hope you all are enjoying this RaT as much as I am.
(Thanks to VampAmber and imyril for the offers of help in adding my reading times to the wiki - as mentioned above I didn't get online, I have however, kept a note and so will go through and add a few of those sessions in now and then hopefully tomorrow will be a more successful day on the reading score)
I will be able to participate if we have a December read about the holidays -- Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.
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, and being posted in the wrong damn place (thanks jjmcgaffey).
The Turn of the Screw, East of the Mountains, House of Sand and Fog, Rosemary's Baby, The Other, Christine, The Boys from Brazil, And Then There Were None, Night Tales, Mistresses of the Dark, Uncle Silas, The Brontes and Dragonfly in Amber & 50 Great Ghost Stories.
I read from a total of 14 books, completing 13. I read 6,777 pages plus the introductions & notes. So I figure that I averaged approximately 100 pages per hour of reading. But into that I have to factor potty breaks, snack, water, coffee & tea runs. So I am fairly satisfied with my reading.
At first I didn't think I would really get into the creepy & horror genres but I found that I actually had fun with those books. My favorites were probably Uncle Silas and Mistresses of the Dark. That one has some really wonderful authors included within the covers.
Hope ya all had as much fun with this as I did. But now I am exhausted. It is 5:30 P.M. our time and I will probably be in bed by 7:00. The little goonies will have to help themselves to the bucket of candy on the porch. The dog & I will be out.........as in like lights!
See ya next RaT.
Well, give her some gray hair, some poundage, a few wrinkles & it could be me. The dog is definitely mine.
As for myself, I'd read for 13 hours and finished three books: Greyfriar, Seraphina and International Flavor. Greyfriar, a steampunk fantasy, is the first in the Vampire Empire series. It was somewhat entertaining but not particularly memorable. Seraphina, on the other hand, was excellent. It featured superb writing and a wonderful fantasy world created by the author. International Flavor is a graphic novel, the third in the Chew series. I really love this hilarious horror/police-procedural series, with its themes of food and cannibalism. This second book in the series featured a vampire too. Finally, I started Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, a choose-your-own-adventure book for the adults, featuring zombies, of course ... a perfect Hallowe'en read!
This was my first Read-a-thng, and I enjoyed it very much. I also liked having the optional theme, as it helped me choose and focus on particular books from my large TBR pile. I will certainly participate in the next Read-a-Thing!
>53 rainpebble: Thanks for filling in the gaps! Glad you had fun, too; sleep well!
I'd forgotten how much I love the language of this novel; the Gothic complexity of the sentences lulling you into an entirely misplaced sense of time and perfectly setting the atmosphere for what is to come.
I'll finish it over the weekend. Very glad to have revisited this for Hallowe'en.
Thank you everyone for another great ReadaThing - I do love seeing how many of us are reading and what we're reading like this :)
This week I read Rosanna of the Amish by Joseph W. Yoder. This book, which was originally published in 1940, was written to provide a more accurate picture of Amish life than what had been portrayed in books about the Amish. I knew that my father, an anthropologist who was an expert on the Amish, felt that it gave an accurate description of their way of living. Rosanna of the Amish is a biography of Rosanna Yoder, a 19th century Amish woman, and her family, written by her youngest son. At first I thought that the writing "spoke down" to the readers as if they were children, and that there was too much repetition in the book. However, either I got used to the style, or the writing improved (or both). Soon I became very interested in the story, and enjoyed the book as a whole. I read the 1995 centennial edition (centennial of Rosanna's death), which contained both a short supplement about the different branches of the Amish religion and an updated bibliography.
The reason I read this book this week (finished it Friday morning) was because I took an adult education 3-session course about the Amish this month, and was disappointed in it. I had not read anything or studied the Amish for many years, and decided to read a book which my father, who has been dead over 40 years, liked. He died in October.