Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday's Reading Musings

Weekly meme where we discuss the books you've read
and those you plan to read in the coming week.

I am on a crazy mystery series reading spree.  Having recently caught up with Linda Fairstein's Alex Cooper series, I decided to spend this month reading John Verdon's Dave Gurney, retired NYPD Homicide Detective, series.  Currently I am reading Think of a Number and hope to start on the second book in the series, Shut Your Eyes Tight, later this week.

Last week I finished reading The Stand by Stephen King.  Yes, finally!  I was beginning to have my doubts about whether or not that would happen.  I haven't yet sat down to compile my thoughts about the book (and the mini series), but I do plan to, so look for that post in the future.

In audio, I am still listening to David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day. After the first few essays, I was beginning to wonder where the humor everyone raved about was, but I finally came across a couple of essays in the collection that had me chuckling as I listened. Sedaris's first year experience as a writing professor was a hoot--it reminded me of my high school psychology teacher (only he had years of experience).  Sedaris had his class watching soap operas while my teacher had us watch talk shows (remember Sally Jessy Raphael?).  I'm not sold on David Sedaris just yet, but I'm not quite finished with the book.  Time will tell.

As I got into the office this morning, I noticed Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers sitting in my desk drawer, my bookmark still inserted where I last left it.  It's been a couple of months at least since I last picked the book up to read.  I am debating whether to continue or set it aside.  It's very well written and I enjoy the book while I am reading it. I just can't seem to find the motivation to pick it up and read it.  Maybe it's a mood thing?

What are you reading this week?


Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
Weekly meme where we muse over a weekly question.

This week’s musing asks…
Do you snack while you read? If so, what is your favorite reading snack?
When the clock strikes 1:30 p.m. on a week day, I search out an empty quiet office, settle in with whatever book I am reading at the time, and eat my lunch.  It's my only uninterrupted hour of reading bliss.  Most of the time, anyway.  Occasionally I read while I eat breakfast, but only if I'm alone.

Other than that, I rarely eat--or snack--while I read.  It's just not something I think about.  Or it is late at night, and I am reading right before I drift off to sleep.

What about you?



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16 comments:

  1. I generally don't read while I eat either.

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    1. Kathy - I just don't think of it. I am too invested in the book usually.

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  2. I rarely eat when I read either. I will drink something, but that's about it. I used to eat and read, but I don't eat alone very often.

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    1. Kelly - I do drink while reading. I almost always have water by my side. :-)

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  3. I'm excited about reading the new Dave Gurney book that's just out - #3 - can't think of the name right now. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series. And I finally caught up on the Deborah Crombie books. Wow. Loved them, loved them. She says there will be a new one in February. Can't wait.

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    1. Kay - I just finished the first Verdon book last night. I ended up really liking it, although I thought it got off to a slow start. I can't wait to dive into the second book today. I'm on tour for the third book later this month. Crazy me decided to try to read the first two books before reading the third. Hopefully I'll finish in time!

      I am glad you enjoyed the Crombie books. I really need to go back and start from the beginning.

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  4. I used to eat all the time while reading, but have noticed that lately I tend to read only when not eating. It was a gradual change that I hadn't noticed until stopping to think about it just now.

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  5. I rarely eat while I'm reading - unless I'm eating a meal by myself. It always makes me eat more slowly. I probably should eat all my meals alone with a book!

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    1. Lisa - Good point! I think I eat slower when I read too.

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  6. I have moods where I don't want to be listening or reading a particular book as well, so it's not just you. Right now I am reading Darkness all Around, and am listening to Wolf Hall. That book is just huge, and it's taken me a long time to get through it, though the narrator is just perfect! I hope to be able to go back to The Reckoning very soon, as it's waiting patiently until I have the time for it!

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  7. Heather - I am glad I am not the only one!

    Wolf Hall is one I really want to read, but the size is a bit intimidating. I am glad you are enjoying the audio version. If I had more time to listen to books, I might try it that way, but I think I'd have better luck with the paper copy. I do better with short books on audio.

    I added The Reckoning to my wish list this week. I'll be curious to know what you think of it when you are done.

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  8. I don't really snack, but if it's after Gage has gone to bed I may have a glass of wine with my reading :)
    I'm glad that you are reading the Dave Gurney books. I'm a fan!

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    1. Stacy - I am enjoying the Dave Gurney books quite a bit. I wasn't sure at first, but I'm definitely hooked on the series.

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  9. Mysteries are always a reliable go to reading choice for me as well. I also just recently finished The Stand and need to write something about it. My work has been busy and I've been very absent from blog land lately.

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    1. Kathleen - There is just something about mysteries, isn' there? I will have to look for your thoughts on The Stand! I hope things quiet down for you soon.

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