My problem this summer is not finding time to read: I’m really enjoying a lot of reading. My son runs around in the back yard and I sit under the umbrella with my books. I curl up in the air conditioning after my son goes to bed for the night. I’m finding lots of reading time.
No, my problem is finding time to read blogs. I’ve only been getting about 20 minutes of blog reading time a day. I haven’t been the commenter I’d like to be. I sincerely apologize to all you great bloggers out there. Maybe I’ll get back in control soon and get more blog reading done. I really do love leaving comments, and I miss visiting your wonderful blogs.
I started to have a weird feeling this week like I’m not reading enough books blogs, but I’m going to try to resist the urge to add more to my Reader. I do hop over to the blog of anyone who comments, but yet I still get this feeling that there is a “summer mode” going on in my blog reading world. Maybe we’re all posting less, but I don’t thinks that’s it. I just feel that I don’t have enough time to give you the attention you deserve.
Have you been doing less blog reading since summer started?
Although I haven’t been reading blogs and commenting as much as I’d like, I have been reading a lot this summer! I’ve enjoyed my lighter summery reads.
See my notes by each book below.
- TAGALOG: A Complete Course for Beginners by Living Language (finished 1 of 15 lessons, audio and booklet; nonfiction/languages). ABANDONED. I gave up on this. The DVD-ROM player on my laptop has mostly died, so the convenience factor of this program became nonexistent. I don’t think learning a lesson via a CD and booklet is very realistic. I think I already knew that.
- The Autobiography of an Idea by Louis H. Sullivan (0 read of 320 pages; nonfiction). ABANDONED. I still would really like to read this autobiography, but I’ve decided to read the general Chicago architecture book now instead and revisit Sullivan’s account at a later date.
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (345 pages; YA fiction). FINISHED! Overall, it was okay, but I found large portions of this to be horribly boring. It doesn’t get me excited to read more YA as last week’s Uglies did. All that said, I’m not the target audience. Review coming tomorrow.
- The Door by Margaret Atwood (120 pages, plus audio disc; poetry). FINISHED! For the Martel-Harper Challenge. I loved this volume! I’m going to listen to the audio (which has a selection of the poems) again but I’ll still get up a review soon.
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (240 pages; fiction). FINISHED! For The Spice of Life Challenge. I really enjoyed this book, and I’m going to give away my copy. Check back here on Monday.
I’ve included my thoughts about these current reads below.
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (librivox.org audiobook, on 14 of 38 segments, 25.5 hours total; fiction) My current audiobook; downloaded via Librivox.org. Very well done as an audiobook, and a gripping story.
- The Stories of John Cheever (15 of 61 stories, 820 pages; fiction/short stories). Part of my Pulitzer Challenge. My goal for the coming weeks is five to ten stories a week.
- The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne (40 read of 180 pages; children’s fiction). I’m reading this aloud to my son, a little bit every day.
Old Library Loot
- Twenty Years at Hull-House by Jane Addams (200 read of 290 pages; nonfiction). Some parts have been dull, but overall, I’m still enjoying this.
- Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage by Joe Wheeler (35 read of 280 pages; nonfiction/biography). For the U.S. Presidential Reading project. An interesting, “popular” look at the most popular president.
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (375 pages; fiction). I plan to begin it this week. I skimmed the first few pages, but I’m going to sit down and read it for real as soon as I finish one of the non-fiction books above.
- The Arabian Nights II, translated by Husain Haddawy (270 pages; fiction). I finished the other volume translated by Haddawy and I feel like I missed something; this volume has the traditional stories I missed. I’m looking forward to reading this. Not yet begun; if I finish The Eyre Affair, I’ll begin this one in the coming week.
- The Chicago School of Architecture: A History of Commercial and Public Building in the Chicago Area, 1875-1925 by Carl W. Condit (220 pages; nonfiction). Not yet begun. The Lincoln book is due back first, so I will have to read it first. I’ll begin this when I finish the Addams and Lincoln books.
New Library Loot
I got two new books this week.
- Pretend Soup by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson (30 read of 95 pages; children’s nonfiction/cookbook). For The Spice of Life Challenge. I started reading through it and looking at the pictures and I can’t stop! It is so fun. It’s probably a little above my son’s level (he’s not yet two and it’s geared to 3 to 5 year olds), but I’m excited to get him interested in cooking all the same.
- An Edge in the Kitchen by Chad Ward (5 read of 210 pages; nonfiction/reference). For The Spice of Life Challenge. I skimmed the first chapter, and I’m eager to learn all the “how to’s” and whys of kitchen knives. I’m such a geek!
- Jackie at Farm Lane Books gives us a list of ideas about how to find more time for reading.
- Sophisticated Dorkiness talks about how book reviews are important for a books blog, even without tons of comments
- FICTION: John Updike’s Rabbit books. Sophisticated Dorkiness doesn’t love these but I’m still intrigued.
- FICTION: The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay. Steph claims is not a literary mystery but still an interesting literary novel.
- FICTION: The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. Reviewed by Shannonlovesbooks.