Reading in the New Year Day 3

Wooo hooo! I just finished Waiting for Columbus. It was amazing.  I’ll review it soon, after I’ve digested it a bit.  Off to work on Geektastic and pick my next read.  I can’t decide… Soulless, Marcelo in the Real World or something else? Maybe a graphic novel?

Books read: 2
Pages read: 514
Currently reading: Geektastic

Update 1/3/2010 8:45 AM

Started reading East of Eden for the Classic Reads Book club read-a-long.  And wow.  The writing is so gorgeous and rich.  I’m breathless with the opening paragraphs, all the evocative descriptions on the land.  I’m glad I was planning to read this in small bites, so I can savor it.

Witness, and it’s hard to pick one quote:

On the wide level acres of the valley the topsoil lay deep and fertile.  It required only a rich winter of rain to make it break forth in grass and flowers.  The spring flowers in a wet year were unbelievable.  The whole valley floor, and the foothills too, would be carpeted with lupins and poppies.  Once a woman told me that color flowers would seem more bright if you added a few white flowers to give the colors definition.  Every petal of blue puin is edged with white, so that field of lupins is more blue than you can possibly imagine.  And mixed with these were splashes of California poppies.  These too are of a burning color-not orange, not gold, but if pure gold were liquid and could raise a cream, that golden cream might be like the color of the poppies.  When their season was over the yellow mustard came up and grew to a great height.  When my grandfather came into the valley the mustard was so tall that a man on horseback showed only his head above the yellow flowers.  On the uplands the grass would be strewn with buttercups, with hen-and-chickens, with black-centered yellow violets.  And a little later in the season there would be red and yellow stands of Indian paintbrush.  These were the flowers of the open places exposed to the sun.

Under the live oaks, shaded and dusky, the maidenhair flourished and gave a good smell, and under the mossy banks of the water courses whole clumps of five-fingered ferns and goly-backs hung down.  Then there were harebells, tiny lanterns, cream white and almost sinful looking, and these were so rare and magical that a child, finding one, felt singled out and special all day long.

It’s like watching a painter brush on a whole world with nothing but words. Gorgeous.

Books read: 2
Pages read: 540
Currently reading: East of Eden

Update 1/3/2010 4:28 PM

So, have you ever gone somewhere with the intention of bringing your current book, only to show up at said place without said book?  That is totally what happened today when I went to my in-laws house for lunch. I FORGOT GEEKTASTIC, the book I was intending to devote the rest of my reading time to today.

Luckily I had a spare book in my pocketbook.  So I wound up reading a lot of The Game on Diet this afternoon.  Which is good, since I want to loose a few pounds and need all the help I can get! Now that I’m on, I’m getting back to Geektastic. I doubt I can finish it today, but it’s a fun little read for a Sunday night.

Books read: 2
Pages read: 578
Currently reading: Geektastic

Wrap Up 1/5/2010

I haven’t had time to wrap this up! Or, well, actually, I kinda forgot.  Sometime after my last update, I ran out of steam.  Too much reading!  It gave me a headache!.  So I didn’t really read much after that.  But I had a great time and loved reading in the new year!  Thanks Kristin for having such a fun readathon!

Final totals:

Books read: 2
Pages read: 578

5 thoughts on “Reading in the New Year Day 3

  1. Fun! From what I remember of East of Eden it did have some beautiful passages. I haven't read the whole thing, but the part I did read was great! I think it's in storage at my mom's but I need to get my hands on a copy when I clear out some other titles. In fact, it may be free for Nook. Oooh!
    .-= Andi´s last blog ..Nook Watch 2010 =-.

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