11.24.11 / 11:04 PM
I’m going to keep all my updates for Thankfully Reading Weekend 2011 in this one post. And woot! I’ve already finished a book! I was trying to fight my way through The Son of Neptune all week, and I finally forced myself to sit down and focus on it. And I plowed through the last 150 pages or so of it in a couple of hours.
That. Felt. GOOD.
Let’s keep going! I’m going to start Chime by Franny Billingsley now. Keep your fingers crossed!
Books read: 1
Pages: I’m going to estimate 150.
11.25.11 / 11:37 AM
Not doing so good. I’ve been trying to read Chime all morning and, well, I don’t know. It’s not clicking. I’ve read 53 pages of it so far and, well, it’s not that I don’t LIKE it… I don’t know. I’m going to set it aside for Daughter of Smoke and Bone I think. I may come back to Chime later.
Of course, having the 8YO and the 4YO and the 34YO at home isn’t helping either.
I’m going to go hole up in my bedroom.
PLUS I almost finished my Christmas shopping online this morning. Man, are there a lot of deals out there! We’re down to the hard-to-buy for people now. *sigh*
Books read: 1.25
11.25.11 / 12:31
A strange thing happened on the way to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I started reading page one and realized, I wanted to know what was happening in Chime. Bugger me, but isn’t that weird? So yes, I’m back to Chime!
11.25.11 / 10:06 PM
The book I’m most thankful for:
I’m going to cheat and say a whole series. The Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I believe I’ve blogged about their affect on me before, but it’s been awhile. They pulled me through a very rough spot in life and I honestly don’t know what I would have done without them. I lost myself in those books countless times as a child. I hid from the bad things, the sad things, the impossible to ignore things. They were my lifeline and I am eternally thankfully for them.
Where things stand. I am 67% through Chime (by Franny Billingsley) and, while I can’t say I love it YET, I am very invested in the story. I definitely want to see where this is going. It’s really starting to get good. I wish I didn’t have such a hard time remembering that some books take a little WORK. *sigh*
11.26.11 / 9:52 AM
I finished Chime! Yes! That’s two books in one week! It’s a miracle! It was totally worth the work too. I can’t say that I love it more than Shine (by Lauren Myracle) as that holds a special place in my heart, but it was really quite good. I know the more I think on it, the more I’ll love it.
I read a few stories in Stores for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory to ease the transition to another book. What a delightfully odd collection of stories that is. Now I’m rereading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick because I am dying to see the movie. My goodness, I adore this book.
11.26.11 / 2:11 PM
Another book down! The Invention of Hugo Cabret was everything I remembered and more. What a beautiful book. I can’t wait to see the movie; it is sure to be beautiful as well. I think I’ll follow it up with Wonderstruck, also by Hugo Cabret. I do think I’ll read a few more stories in Stores for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory first. You know, to cleanse the palate. This brings me to 3 books finished.
11.27.11 / 7:07 AM
Just finished Wonderstruck. What a magnificent book! Brian Selznick can officially do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve read a couple more stories in Stores for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory. Now, I’m not sure what I’m going to read next… probably some more stories from Stores for Nighttime, etc. Then, who knows! Another from my list most likely, or maybe another graphic novel.
11.27.11 / 6:02 PM – C’est fini!
That’s right; I’m done! I just finished my fifth book and I’m pooped! I decided to finish Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory, since I was so close anyway and I’ve been reading it FOREVER. It is… an… odd… collection of short stories. Very odd.
This has been a fantastic reading weekend for me and something this reader desperately needed. I don’t know if I’m “back” yet, but it feels promising. Will have to take it one day at a time. For now, I’m off to take a long, hot, steamy bath and will either take Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lanin Taylor or No Name by Wilkie Collins with me. Heck, I may take both! Happy Reading!
Books finished: 5