Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Big Books

OK, everyone. I can read a book that's 200-250 pages in one day, with work. That's about 50 pages an hour, my average reading speed. But, the two books I'm reading right now are a little larger. One is 421 pages. The other is 343. I spent my lunch hour today talking about books, instead of reading them, and tomorrow it's going to be the same. So, I'm losing reading time.

All this to tell you I couldn't get through an entire book yesterday.

So, tell me what you're reading! That will keep the conversation going. I know you're reading something right now if you stopped by. What are you reading today?


34 comments:

Tina's Blog said...

Gone by Cathi Hanauer... Last year I was reading a book nearly every day, but I have really slowed down...my kids are starting to get involved in more activities and I have been making more of an effort to not have my nose in a book all the time. I guess the upside is that I will never run out of good books to read!

bermudaonion said...

I'm reading Rather Outspoken by Dan Rather and Bloom by Kelle Hampton. I hope things settle down for you soon.

Unknown said...

Finished Jacqueline Winspear's Ellegy for Eddie way too late last night (had to watch the Olympics too)! I love her books, had read that this one was maybe a little too much introspection, and maybe it was, a LITTLE. But I thought the moral questions with no clear answers were handled very well and were very interesting.

Karen B said...

Just finished Diana Perkins' Singing Her Alive, Toby Neal's Blood Orchids and Laura Alden's Plotting at the PTA. Can't find one yet to read while watching the Olympics so am back to working a jigsaw puzzle instead!

Jan Coates said...

"Bluefish" - upper middle grade novel about a boy who has difficulty reading - the title comes from Dr. Seuss's book, "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" - I think that's it. Very well-written.

Bill Crider said...

I'm not a fan of long books, but I'm currently about halfway through the new James Lee Burke, which is over 500 pages. His books just keep getting longer.

Lori's Reading Corner said...

I just started Obsession by Debra Webb. My reading has really slowed down this year. I need to kick things back into gear - big time!

Rosemary said...

I've just finished 2 books that I've been asked to review for a website: The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas, and 'The Last Summer' by Judith Kinghorn. Enjoyed them both. Have a TBR pile akin to that tower in Pisa, but I do find I read more quickly now that my children are older - when they were babies I would fall asleep as soon as I got into bed.

I've spent the last few days in the Scottish Highlands - without my laptop - and it's amazing how much I get read without the distractions of Twitter, email, etc!

donna from CT said...

Hi Lesa - I've gotten hooked on the Game of Thrones books and they are all looong! Read Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings - both were over 700 pages. Just about ready to start the third one. I am totally enjoying them but they do take more time than your average book as you have to read carefully since there are so many characters and things going on. Have you read any of them? They are not my usual preferred genre but I can't believe what a genius George Martin is!
Donna

Lesa said...

I love it! Thanks, everyone, for sending your reading comments. I hope other people do during the day. I had more comments already this morning by saying I had nothing to say, and asking you what you were reading than I normally do.

Bill, I totally agree with you. I'm not a fan of big books. I'd rather read 2 smaller ones than one big one.

I agree, Rosemary. I get more done if I don't spend time on the computer.

And, I'm with everyone else. In the last week and a half, the Olympics has cut into my reading time. Last night, though, I didn't turn them on. I just read. But, two longer books don't help.

And, Friday night I'm going to the Poisoned Pen to hear Sean Chercover. And, Saturday, I have an all-day conference. We'll see how the reading goes.

caite said...

I did read a 400 page book yesterday, and wasn't even that good.
And I still had time to get dressed, go to the supermarket and the craft store.
I have a sense of accomplishment! Lol

It was Afraid to Die, by Lisa Jackson.

Carol N Wong said...

I had "She's gone Country" on my shelf for a very longtime. Just finished it, 376 pages. It went so fast. I am 50 pages an hour reader too, but this one zipped away. I love long books that go fast.

Lesa said...

Caite, It's kind of disappointing to spend that much time on one book when it isn't that good. I'd have a sense of accomplishment, too. My problem is a 9 hour work day in the middle. (smile)

Long books that go fast are OK, Carol. Myself, I still prefer shorter ones.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lesa, books I have read in the last couple of days. Jon Katz' new book, The Story of Rose, A Man and His Dog. Only out as an E book. A must read for all the dog lovers. Lesa you would love this one it is very short. Almost like a novella. The other book is the one I won on your blog,"As always, Jack" by Emma Sweeney. I liked this book very much. It reminded me of my father who was a pilot during World War II. My husband and I had a long distance romance while he served in the Navy during the Viet Nam war (he didn't go to Viet Nam). Since reading this book I have wondered what to do with our shared letters. Thanks so much for your blog I so enjoy reading about the books and reading them. Gayle

Janet C said...

On ebook, I'm reading Remember Me by Emily Arsenault. Traditional book form, I've just started Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth. And I'm listening to Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. So far, all of them are very good. I'm especially enjoying the Arsenault book.

Pat said...

There are several books now with Amish themes that I decided to read all of Linda Castillo's book because I hate not to start at the beginning. I am now halfway through Breaking Silence so that so I can read her newest acclaimed book Gone Missing.

Joyce Delaney said...

Just finished James Lee Burke's Creole Belle and just started Dearie, the new Julia Child biography. My hands hurt!

Bev Stephans said...

Around the middle of July, I hit a reading slump (I get these occasionly), and nothing in my TBR pile looked good. I went back and started reading J.D. Robb's "In Death" series. The first three books are my favorite, as they follow the developing relationship between Eve and Roarke. I'm on the sixth book right now and I'm starting to bog down. I guess I'll go back to my TBR pile and see what it offers.

SandyG265 said...

I've had the Olympics cut into my reading time too. But I'm going to start Darklands by Nancy Holzner. I don't read that many big books. I try to stay around 300 pages, but I will read one occasionall if it's something I'm interested in.

Anonymous said...

I'm rereading Julia Spencer-Fleming's Miller's Kill series. I have it both on Kindle and PC2 so it's a little confusing, but I do so love those books. And a new one not coming out until April.... ;(((

It's a little hard on keeping up-to-date on the library books, though.

Judith

Lesa said...

Thanks, everyone, for sharing what you're reading. It's been fun, almost like my brown bag book club. I'll have to do it again someday when I'm bogged down. I love to see what you're all reading.

Donna, I haven't read Game of Thrones. I think I'd like it because I do like fantasy. I just don't read a lot of it. Too big, and the series go on forever. (grin)

Thanks, Gayle, for telling me what you thought of "As Always, Jack." It's nice to hear what a winner thinks of the book they won.

Linda Castillo is one of my favorites, Pat. Love her books.

Joyce, I just got Dearie yesterday. Can't wait to get started with it!

There's another favorite, Judith, Julia Spencer-Fleming. Like you, I look forward to her books.

Page said...

I'm reading two books at the moment.
The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott
First Cameraman: The Improbable Story of How a Disheveled film professor became the first official White House Videographer by Arun Chaudhary

Lesa said...

I love to see all these diverse titles, Page. Thanks!

Sandra said...

Talk about a big book - I'm reading Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness and nearly 400 pages into it I'm not even sure I like it.

Lesa said...

I've seen it at the library, Sandra. Not my cup of tea. And, I heard a similar comment from a friend.

Jane R said...

Great idea to ask everyone what they are reading. I've picked up several new titles to add to my book list. I just finished Jack 1939 by Mathews - a very good read - and currently I'm reading David Rosenfelt's Leader of the Pack. I love his sense of humor and Andy Carpenter, the reluctant hero, is the best. Wish I had your reading speed, Lesa! Too many books and too little time!

Lesa said...

Funny you should mention Leader of the Pack, Jane. That's one of two books in my book giveaway that starts tonight for The Dog Days of Summer. I'll admit I haven't read his books yet. This one looks so good. And, I'll get to it eventually. As you said, "Too many books..."

Trisha said...

I have been re-reading Shadow of Night since it was a lot to take in the first time. I like it better the second time around and appreciate how well-plotted it is--but it isn't as exciting as the first book.

Lesa said...

Interesting that you say that, Trisha, about Shadow of Night. I'd heard that it wasn't as exciting.

Nancy said...

Just finished The Informationist, by Taylor Stevens. It was more violent than I prefer. I chose it for my mystery bookclub and am now second-guessing my choice. I enjoyed it, though. I'm reading Go Big or Go Home for a student I tutor. Fun middle reader. And I started Tarquin Hall's The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken last night right after I finished The Informationist. All good summer reading!

Nancy said...

Oh, and I agree about Shadow of Night. Definitely not as good as A Discovery of Witches. I think it suffers from being a middle child in that it has to move plot and characters from the first to the last book.

Carol M said...

I just finished The Land of Mango Sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank.
I'm starting The House on Sprucewood Lane by Caroline Slate. I also agree that the computer is taking up too much of my time. I'm trying to cut back and do more reading instead.

Anonymous said...

I just started "The Forgetting Tree" by Tatjana Soli. Just finished a cozy mystery. I prefer quick reads - I feel more accomplished when I read more books as opposed to longer books.
-Becky

men watches said...

I love to see all these diverse titles, Page. Thanks!