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Atlas Shrugged Read Along (#AtlasRAL) – Part One

Atlas Shrugged Part One

It’s the summer of the chunkster! A group of us decided to read Atlas Shrugged (#AtlasRAL) this summer and we have hit our first milestone which was to complete part one of this ginormous book.

Non-Contradiction: states that something cannot be both true and not true at the same time when dealing with the same context.

First, a few thoughts:

  • Strong characters from one end of the spectrum to the other.
  • Greed is a theme, as is the complete opposite of greed. Apparently, it’s better to build a crappy product that serves many than a superior product that serves only a few.
  • Profit is bad. Profit is good. Depends on who you ask.
  • Human beings are really just animals when you remove their worldly goods.
  • It’s a battle of the mind versus body.
  • When people don’t know the answer to a question, they come back with another question, “Who is John Galt?” It’s mentioned over and over again. I’m anxious for this to be explained.

Atlas Shrugged RAL

Question to ponder:

What’s  going on with the intellectuals in this book? Are they losing their minds?

Initial reactions:

I have to admit, I am intrigued with the book. It’s fascinating to spend time with these people. For me, the part one flew by even though the chapters are on the long side.

If you need a page breakdown of the book, click here for a visual.

For those reading with me, what are your thoughts so far?

Next up, read part two by July 31st.

Sunday Matters: Ideas & Stuff

Sunday Matters

This week went pretty well. The Teen is now a licensed driver. I finally got my new glasses adjusted correctly so that I can actually wear them, and I’ve been a reading fool.

We’ve also made progress on The Girl’s beach inspired bedroom. This is the photo we are using for inspiration:

Beach Bedroom

So far we’ve purchased those lights, a quilt set and sheets. She’s going with more of an aqua color. We picked up paint for her dresser and we have some wall hangings. Her walls will be an aqua color but the border that she had before is a real pain to remove! It’s taking a long time to get it all off.  I still need to make that head board but we know the plan so it’s all coming together.

I also love all the beachy stuff I keep finding on Pinterest:

No Wake Zone

Beach House Rules

She is going to love this room when it’s done and I am going to be so jealous!!

Right Now:

Just sitting here with my coffee and more avocado toast. About to head out to church and then back for volunteering later.

This Week:

Nothing big going on this week. No appointments or anything.  I will probably work on The Girl’s dresser and uh, maybe my closet. I know. Someday, I will get to my closet. It’s not unorganized but just full of stuff I no longer want to wear and as long as the stuff is there, I just keep wearing it.

Reading:

I finished The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock. I’m working on the review now but I think a lot of people will be reading this book.  I am halfway through with Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos. Also, very good. In addition to these, I am done with Part I of Atlas Shrugged for the #AtlasRAL. It’s quite the entertaining read. Big ideas. Interesting characters.  So far, I like it.

I had planned to start Nantucket by Nan Rossiter last week but I had too many reading deadlines and that’s one I want to savor, so I am carving out time for it later this week.

Watching:

I had to watch Can’t Buy Me Love after hearing about Amanda Peterson’s passing. She was so young!

The Comic Con teaser for The Walking Dead is INSANE. If you haven’t seen it, click here and be sure to watch all the way till the end. I cannot wait for it to start in October but its spin-off series, Fear The Walking Dead begins in August. I will for sure be tuning in to see how they deal with a Los Angeles setting.

Making:

It wasn’t  a big cooking week and since I am volunteering later today, not sure I will have time to throw something together. We hit a Mexican restaurant last night for enchiladas and it was delish! Kind of feeling like a salad today. We’ll see how we all feel later.

Grateful for:

Bookish friends. I love to read books with you all! It’s so fun to chat about books with people who love books just as much as I do. Reading your emails, checking out your blogs and following you guys on the various social media platforms really gets me through the week. Thank you!