Still finishing both Hocus Pocus and Untangled.
Untangled is an excellent read but it has taken me too long to finish and now I have to get it back to the library. I did order a copy to keep for reference however, so I do plan to finish it eventually.
I have some travel coming up and I'm hoping to finish Hocus Pocus on the plane, as well as make a dent into July's books. Scale was written by the keynote speaker of the conference I'm attending, so I'm hoping to make some headway before I listen to his talk, and perhaps acquire his signature. The contents are right up my alley academically too, so hopefully a rather quick read, despite its 500 pages.
Just recently finished Book 1 of The Book of Dust series (La Belle Sauvage). It's a prequel series to His Dark Materials, which is one of my favorite series of all time. Even named my daughter after one of the characters from it. La Belle Sauvage moves along at a good clip, but it's not of the same caliber as His Dark Materials. The first of three books, I'm hoping it's just the opening sequence for more intriguing things to come.
Also finishing up Book 1 of the Call the Midwife series. Pretty good stuff. I took a look at the bbc show as well, but found that I didn't enjoy it as much as the book.
A and I are working on The Girl Who Drank The Moon, too. It's a well written fairy tale that we're both enjoying immensely.
I picked up and started Ishiguro's The Buried Giant in light of his recent Nobel win. It's an interesting story, a little slow, but I've become sidetracked from it. I should pick it up again just for good habit's sake, to practice finishing books that I start.
Finished Hocus Pocus awhile ago. Purchased Untangled but still working my way through that when I find time. I'm about halfway.
@aenea Ohhh is Book of Dust out now? I was going to preorder as His Dark Materials is one of the most satisfying reads I have ever had. However I left the bookstore with 7 books and thought maybe I will wait till I am done with a few of those first.
This is a fantastic thread, which I will scour for some new reading material. Currently I am reading The Girl who Took an Eye for an Eye. I was leaving another bookstore with several books when I saw this and I almost cart wheeled over to pick it up. I loved the original Millenium Trilogy and found Lisbeth Salendar to be such a unique character who I found myself properly rooting for. When I found out that the author, Stieg Larsson (sp) had died, I was very sad, and therefore suprised and elated to find a follow up book, which has been written in his style by another author.
Do you buy your books or ontain from a library? I buy mine from bookstores and enjoy doing so, but sometimes wonder if I should take more advantage of our free library service.
@irishthistle79 the millennium trilogy is a good one. Have you watched either of the film adaptations?
I am truly a book addict and could buy out an entire bookstore if I'm not careful. But knowing this about myself, I've been trying to wean myself off of buying books. So I've been making a concerted effort to spend more time at the library with checked out books instead. The time limitation on borrowing also helps me keep better tabs on my reading. When I buy books I also find that they can sometimes sit around forever looking pretty and tempting on my overflowing bookshelves without ever being read. With library books there is more urgency.
That said my local Barnes and noble with their enormous round fireplace, comfy chairs, and integrated coffee shop is one of my favorite hangouts. Unfortunately they've all but run the local bookstore out of business since arriving two years ago. So I have mixed feelings on the issue. There are no other bookstores in town beside those two.
@aenea Same here. I used to ask people for book vouchers as presents and they were a bit resistant and used to say they wanted to get me something proper instead. I replied that a book voucher was like a day out for me - an experience voucher too as I loved taking time and choosing the right ones.
We had a book store in Scotland called Borders which was great and sounds similar to Barnes and Noble. It's gone out of business though and has been taken over by Waterstones, which is good but a little more formal. The supermarkets are killing all the independents as they are selling novels for peanuts.
That's a good shout on the library - I tend to get through all the books I buy in the order I want, but the time limitation would encourage me to get up to bed a bit earlier and read or spend downtime reading instead of on the computer. I'll add a new goal to get a book from the library!
I watched all three original Millenium films in swedish with subtitles - they were really good and then the 2 more recent adaptations. I enjoyed them, but was disappointed that like with His Dark Materials films they weren't strong enough to get backing for more investment and have tailed off.
@irishthistle79 oh yes, we had Borders in the states too. It was very similar to B&N. and I remember there used to be a Waterstones on South Bridge in Edinburgh that I used to like to visit when I lived there for a bit. I think they've since expanded and moved to Princes St. however. Loved Scotland and can't wait til the day I can go back!
My aunt always sends book vouchers and I love her for it. We don't see each other often but she knows I love to read.
Agree with your assessment of the American adaptations of both the millennium movies and His Dark Materials. Super disappointing.
@aenea You remember Edinburgh well. The Waterstones on Princes Street is absolutely massive. The one on South Bridge is gone yes. There is a bookshop there called Blackwells though that I have never been in, so must pay it a visit. I came to Edinburgh 21 years ago from Ireland and never left. It's a lovely city.
@irishthistle79 Couldn't agree more! I was there for a year-long study abroad program 20 years ago (98-99) and so much wanted to just stay but had to go back to the states to finish school. I've been itching to get back ever since.
I intend to start doing these on Sundays, but I want to start today.
I'm working on a few things right now:
Parenting Beyond Belief
Went to the library today and picked up a few more:
Beyond the Sling
Relax...it's just God
This is an Uprising
The Calculus Diaries
Making some progress on Manhattan Beach and Beyond the Sling. Averaging about a chapter a day. Started Relax it's just God and like it better than Parenting beyond Belief so far. Have yet to crack Slapstick. Also finishing Call the Midwife (1 chapter to go!) and Untangled. Thinking of starting Girls and Sex Or Queen Bees and Wannabes next. A also gave me Hiddensee for Christmas.
Also thinking I might aim to do 1 chapter of a different book each night. So maybe:
Monday: novel / fiction
Wednesday: nonfiction - math, science, activism, financial, better living etc.
Thursday: book club
Friday: classic or a play
And weekends can be whatever I want.
Got 30 pages into Hiddensee last night.
I read pretty consistently last week. I think I'll just assign books to days rather than categories tho. So:
Sunday: Manhattan Beach
Monday: Beyond the Sling or Untangled
Tuesday: Slapstick or Ready Player One
Wednesday: Relax Its Just God or Parenting Beyond Belief
Friday: This is an Uprising or Calculus Diaries
Saturday: free choice night
@aenea Wow, will you be reading all those books at once?
@ExplorerSoul yeah reading is the only thing I seem to be successful at multitasking at. My main issues with reading are making time to read each day and finishing all the books I start.
Eventually I usually get so absorbed in reading one of the books that I will choose it above all others to read until I'm done. But that typically doesn't happen until I'm about 2/3rds through, and usually it's a fiction book. Nonfiction, not so much for whatever reason.
@aenea Is there a reason you prefer to read many at once as opposed to one? It sounds like that is what is naturally happening anyway. I don't think I could do it (I have trouble getting through just one these days) but if you can and enjoy it, that's great!
@ExplorerSoul I don't know. I've often wondered about this habit too. Maybe I get bored easily or I'm just scatterbrained or something.
I also have lots of supposedly urgent interests that I feel compelled to satisfy right away, so this is my way of compensating. I learn a little bit about a lot of things very slowly. But at least I'm progressing in all areas. When I try to focus on one book I often find myself distracted by thoughts of what I'm not reading and wondering if maybe I should be investing my time better by reading something else. (No, I don't generally have a wandering eye. )
I have a really hard time justifying reading any fiction at all, for example, if I'm not simultaneously working my way through a nonfiction book of some sort that I can learn from and readily apply to my life. And right now I feel particularly guilty reading anything not baby or birth related.
@aenea I usually have 2 - 3 books on the go at once. I don't allow myself to feel guilty about reading fiction as I use reading fiction as part of my 'self care' (and I no longer feel guilty taking time for self care) My other books are usually a self improvement and a general interest.
@hercat66 self care is a good way to look at it :)
@aenea The second paragraph makes a lot of sense.
I don't think you should feel the need to justify reading fiction though or feel any guilt for taking time away from the non-fiction learning. Sometimes reading, watching or listening to something purely for entertainment purposes can be good for us too, I think.
Finally finished Call the Midwife. I was given the whole series, but don't think I will be reading the rest. Book 1 was amusing and light hearted, but almost too flippant and cute for my tastes if that makes sense. There's also a religious bent to it that didn't really appeal to me.
@aenea Is the TV show based off these books? I've never watched it but I know someone who has.
@ExplorerSoul yes, loosely. I watched the first few episodes and the show mixes stories and doesn't follow the same order as the stories are presented in the book. Basically each chapter in the book is a short story about a different woman's labor, or about one of the nuns serving with the midwives.
I read somewhere that the author was trying to write as the James Herriot of midwives, and I'd say that's an accurate description of the writing style.
I did really well on this last week but fell behind a bit on the weekend when I wasn't feeling well. It has really helped me to have a reading schedule so I don't have to think about what to read. I just look at my schedule and grab that book. If I don't like the book I don't keep it on my schedule.
This week I'll have to focus on manhattan beach though as the book club meets next Tuesday and I'm not close to being done. It's a good book though.
Also I have some library items due soon so I'll need to renew or return those. One month is never enough. I might spend some time with This is an Uprising in particular today in honor of MLK Day.
ugh this week has been awful for reading. may have to skip the bookclub meeting as I haven't gotten far enough. primarily the problem seems to be sleep issues. I've been waking up really early and being too tired at night to read. I should probably consider using my extra morning hours to read.
since missing the bookclub meeting, the wind has kind of gone out of my sails on reading. I was doing really well for awhile there.
I read some of my internet safety parenting books this week. which is better than nothing. I'm planning to go to the library tomorrow and will likely drop off some of the books I haven't been able to finish. Which is too bad, but I don't like keeping them from other library patrons who might actually put the books to good use.
I think I'll try catching up on some Vonnegut tonight.
Read some of Mothering and Daughtering last night. Interesting concept, if I can my daughter to consider implementing it or even just reading about it, I'd be surprised. Seems she'd have to be a pretty mature teenager. But maybe I just don't know enough about teenagers yet. And she's got a few years still.
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