Readathing April 10, 2010
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You don't have to post anything in this thread to participate, but where's the fun of a ReadaThing if you don't share? Feel free to post just before you start reading. Come back when you are done and let us know how it went- what you read, where you read, who you read with, what you snacked on while you read it, your favorite quote... anything really!
Please don't post in this thread until 12:01 am LT/US EST tomorrow. This thread is where we are discussing tomorrow's Readathing and is the correct place for leading-up-to discussion.
I may miss the next hour check in, but only because I'll be AFK reading for the forseeable future. I'll post before crashing in 2-3 hours, though.
Most of what was suggested by this book for me to do I already do. I'm a foodie who belongs to a CSA, I cook real food at home, and I plant a vegetable garden in the summer. I was hoping this book would have been more fun to read. Oh, well.
Here's a sad statistic from the book: "In the United States, two acres of agricultural land disappear to development every minute, every single day." :(
Think I'll go read a few pages of another more uplifting book before I head off to bed.
Have fun for the next 23 hours!
but after half an hour I was falling asleep
Yeah. Me, too. Next Readathon I'm picking something more fun to read. Especially if I choose the same time of
"If I'm sane enough to recognize insanity, does that mean I'm okay after all?"
and one I think we can all do to remember from time to time.
"David, we are all in situations of our own choosing. Our thinking creates a pathway to success or failure. By disclaiming responsibility, we crush the prospect of an incredible future that might have been ours."
13: How's Talking Tails?
Made a cup of tea and I'm stretching out on the lounge and leaving the curtains open so I can watch the twilight descend... it has been a beautiful day.
I hope to finish The Historian - it is getting really good. I will take care with spoilers but when I return I hope to mark the finished reading date.
If I finish it I have The Girl Who Played with Fire all ready to go...
Happy reading everyone!
Happy Reading All!! Of to listen to my Ipod and to curl up on the sofa with my snuggie and my book.
I started reading at 7:01 & just finished because I lost track of the time.....
and I will admit to reading Highland Angel by Hannah Howell It is a bit of light historical reading..... fiction & fun, which I needed.
I recently got a reissue of the book & I liked the new cover... but the cover shows a very blonde woman & the female character is nicknamed 'Shadow' because she can disappear into a shadow and has BLACK HAIR!!! Why they put a gorgeous blonde on the cover of a book with a black-haired heroine is beyond me!! Maybe they need to read the book!!! (what a concept: Read the book before deciding what to put on the cover!!)
But it was a nice enjoyable hour & 20 minutes..... waking up & disappearing into a nice light read.
Now I need some coffee & breakfast!!
Happy Reading to All!!!
Completely forgot about this, but luckily I'm up early this Saturday morning in time to check in and relax before I need to start reading.
I decided to read Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins. It's very interesting. Dawkins is refuting the belief by some that science has taken the poetry and joy out of life. I agree with Dawkins in that science has actually added to it. It's awe inspiring how complex nature is yet its components fit together so well that we are mostly unaware of it. I admire those people who are trying to untangle the complexities to understand better how they work.
'Insect ears, by contrast (with mammal ears), are not little barometers, they are little weathervanes.'
The bit in () added by me.
I think I'll finish up my chapter before getting on with my day.
'Nathanial is already in the room when we arrive, taping things to the wall. He's making it his own, with a map of the United States going up, along with a newspaper story about "The Color Purple" on Broadway. He also has an ad for Baby Magic lotion and is laminating it with half a roll of Scotch tape.
"There's magic in the baby's eyes,' he says. "It's Carolin, isn't it?"
Sharing the same wall is a photo of Neil Diamond.
"What's with Neil Diamond?" I ask, wondering if his song "Sweet Caroline" is the association Nathaniel has made.
Nathaniel gives me a quizzical expression and then reexamines the rhinestone cowboy.
"I thought that was you," he says.
Okay. I have no response to that.'
After my time I went to get a pedicure and manicure and read for another 30 min. during my pedicure. Now I am hoping to finish this book before my next time slot so that I can start my new book. Broken Blue Line
"Do not run from power. Gather it as you would the finest fruit. Power in the hands of a good person is like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day. It refreshes everyone with whome it comes in contact."
"As children, we were afraid of the dark. Now as adults, we are afraid of the light. We are afraid to step out. We are afraid to become more."
Was only able to read a short chunk here. I'd read a bit, stop and think, read a bit, stop and think. Finished a chapter and got a good start on the next.
"Having looked upon you Lord Subotai, I am ready for death. You are come from the Tao."
I am re-reading Diana Gabaldon's Breath of Snow and Ashes, in preparation for getting the paperback of the next book An Echo in the Bone when it is released in June. It is a relaxing departure from the nonfiction books I have been reading lately.
Best of luck to all the rest today!
I'll probably start LJ Smith's The Secret Circle: The Initiation and the Captive while my pizza bakes.
Fun to do. Maybe I should asign myself to one hour of required reading every week.
And now I am getting comfortably settled in my room with a book, a chocolate chip cookie, and a cup of tea. I have the Red Sox on for background noise, but expect I'll only look up periodically when I hear the crack of a bat...it's actually on pretty quietly.
I found it a bit hard to get into initially, but have been rewarded by sticking with it, as it's an extremely well-imagined future world (not too far in the future), in which centralized governments have disappeared and been replaced by associations geographically scattered around the world, including the Mafia, introduced as the management behind Uncle Enzo's pizza delivery service, Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong, and a somewhat sinister quasi-religious organization.
The two main characters, Hiro Protagonist and Y.T., are each self-sufficient, resourceful, and adept with advanced technology. Hiro works for the pizza delivery service but is almost immediately fired after taking a wrong turn into an empty swimming pool, and Y.T. is a Kourier, who delivers packages on a very advanced skateboard. Hiro's also a hacker who collects information for the Central Intelligence Corporation, the re-imagined CIA.
I can't explain this story--and haven't finished it yet--but I'm having that "wow" reaction to the imagination on display here. Mixed in with the technology and a fair amount of action (Hiro carries a katana around with him) are musings about Sumerian mythology. And it all makes a kind of sense.
I *almost* spent the hour reading a book I got at a yard sale this morning - an 1899 edition of Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads, inscribed in faded brown ink, "Christmas '99".
Checking in - starting right nowish (as soon as my tea-water boils) and reading Basin and Range by John McPhee. (one of) My SantaThing gift was the Second John McPhee Reader, and it got me interested in his geology books...
Backup is the book I've been reading a while, Drawing the Line by Mark Monmonier, about maps and how they can and do lie. Interesting concepts, but I find his writing a little hard to slog through.
JJ, hope you feel better in the morning!
Comfy recliner, down lap rug, hot cup of rooibos tea! Heaven!
It's after hours for the LT readathon but I'm going to read some more before bed. Maybe another hour, maybe not.
Night everyone. This was fun :o)
I read John Clarke's The Catastrophe Continues, which was as painfully funny as I expected. For those of you who haven't come across John Clarke and Bryan Dawe before, they specialise in their own unique brand of (usually) political satire. Bruce plays the straight guy, and interviews John. John plays any one of a number of politicians (usually Australian) – John Howard, Paul Keating, Bronwyn Bishop, Tim Fisher … They're usually broadcast on TV, and the book gathers together scripts from the last 21 years worth of those interviews. The best part is that John makes absolutely no attempt to copy their voices, or make himself look like them. It's all in the speech patterns – the little verbal tics we all have, and which he homes in on with uncanny accuracy. He is savagely funny.
(If you think the names sound familiar, John and Bryan also co-wrote and starred in the spoof tv show about preparations for the 2000 Olympics (oddly enough called “The Games”), and John started out his comic career playing a black singlet wearing New Zealand sheep farmer, Fred Dagg.
An excerpt to leave you with from “Interview with The Hon. Robert Hill, Minister for Defense” (interviewer's remarks in bold):
You've had a bit of a problem with the accounts in the defense department.
Lets be clear about this. The accounts are quite good. A model of their kind.
What kind are they?
Accounts with eight billion dollars worth of assets missing. …
… Have you seen the budget?
Yes, I've got a copy of it.
If you go to the capital expenditure, you'll find the ordnance is all listed there.
This is the equipment.
Yes. It's all listed under specific headings.
‘Things that go “whoosh” ’?
Yes. Good example.
‘Things that go “kerblam” ’?
Yes, different class of weaponry.
‘Things that go AWOL’?
They're in a separate schedule.
(edited for spelling)
The Armour of Contempt by Dan Abnett
32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done
The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I by LJ Smith
The Secret Circle: The Captive Part II and The Power by LJ Smith
Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden
Time Read: 12 hours, 15 minutes
So how often does this event happen a year?
My favorite quote from those chapters:
"Yet he never saw her, or exchanged a word with her, without feeling that, after all, May's ingenousness almoust amounted to a gift of divination. Ellen Olenska was lonely and she was unhappy."
#58 > I've wanted to read How to Lie with Maps for a while now. Have you read it yet?
I love John Clarke and Bryan Dawe!
jj and Theo - I hope you feel better soon!
add: It has been fun reading about what you all have been reading. And where you read it! :)
i guess i'll make up for it next time.
this is only the second one we've had so we haven't really decided on a schedule. i think we're aiming for at least 4 a year, but more is always fun! if we stick to 4 a year and continue on the same schedule we've stumbled onto so far, the next ReadaThing would be in July. maybe someone should start a new thread and we can hash it out? ;)
Then I got up and ... moved. The movers showed up at 9, and had everything out, trucked across the city, and in to the new place by 2:30. Magical.
I'll probably work more than usual this week, since ALL OF MY BOOKS ARE IN BOXES. Oh, wait. I moved in across from a library :)
I don't know how to make a wiki page though. I could start a new thread instead.
How about next weekend? Would more people be willing to do it then?
Whoops! Now I see this is the thread from last year . . . no wonder I "missed" this year's :)
I'm always busy on weekends, but I can find an hour to read just about any weekend. So for me, next weekend is as good as any other. It's just how many more we can rope in...
And asking for a blog comment would also be good.
I think a couple of weeks is probably enough time so we know what we are doing then, and have time to fill up the slots - too far into the future and it may be hard for some to plan. Not enough notice is the same...
Just my thoughts...
I would, of course be interested in participating.