Work It

What I'm Reading

After being out of the reading world for what seems like forever, but in reality has only been ten days, I feel the need to push myself to get back into the rhythm of reading. It’s like that little known muscle you have in the back of your leg that you suddenly notice after falling down a million times when skiing.  Well, that happens when “I” ski, anyway. I was reading during the show, but they were all DNF’s (did not finish) and instead of calling them out as such, I am just going to chalk it up to me and my scattered brain. If I can’t concentrate on the book in front of me, I’d rather not read. So in between the show, I watched The Big Bang Theory and The Wonder Years. Comfort viewing if you ask me.

However, I began to get the reading itch again this past Monday. Much like starting a fitness routine, I am easing my way into reading again and it feels good. I have been reading Then Again by Diane Keaton and The Technologists by Matthew Pearl. One is a memoir and the other has to do with the introduction of technology as a science in 1868. Both are fascinating and just what I need to get back on the horse, so to speak.

Now that I have those two in full swing, I plan to add my book club pick to the mix which happens to be my pick from last year, The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds. It is about famed nature poet John Clare’s stay in a mental institution. It’s fiction, but it sounds wonderful.

So that is what I am doing right now. Limping along, building up the muscles that atrophied during the week of the show. I can almost hear the theme from Rocky in the background. Almost.

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24 thoughts on “Work It”

  1. Good for you! I’ve been in a weird place with reading print. I wish I had the time to read anything. I’ve had great books, but just can’t sit down long enough to gain any traction. And I’m starting to panic because I have things that must be read and are on a deadline!

    1. Well, the Pearl book is for a tour next week and I started it way too late, but it is really good so far so I should be able to get it read and reviewed in time.

  2. I’ve been hearing about The Orphan Master’s Son recently, and I see you have a copy of it. I am struggling these days to find the right balance with keeping up with new books, catching up on old ones, posting on my own blog, and reading other book blogs. Over all, my reading time has really suffered over the past year, except for listening to audiobooks on my commute. Glad to hear you’re getting some reading time back!

    1. Buzz for The Orphan Master’s Son is just everywhere, isn’t it? I haven’t started it yet, but I have high hopes for it. I managed to snag a galley through Net Galley.

  3. Congrats on getting back to reading. Diane Keaton is one of my all time favorite actresses…I just adore her and her movies. I loved a couple of Pearl’s other books, so I hope this one is just as good. I am reading way too many books at once I think, and I need to just focus on one or I won’t finish any of them at this point LOL

  4. Ti, so glad you are exercising that reading muscle 🙂 All three books sound great, especially after all those DNFs you went through. Ugh! I hate when that happens. I just put down a book because it was a major DNF. And now, I can’t even figure out what to read. I’m thinking of buying that new Kinsella book that comes out next week – I usually read a chick lit book to get my reading groove going again. Plus, I love her books 🙂 Anyhow, glad to see you are back to your reading ways. As for Big Bang – such a great show! Right now I’m watching season 2 of Downton Abbey – can’t believe I only just discovered this awesome show!

    1. The “what to read” thing is hard sometimes. Especially coming off of a DNF. You want it to be super good but then you have all this built up expectation over it which almost always ends up being an epic fail.

    1. I just watched Something’s Gotta Give this past weekend. I’ve decided to just buy my own copy. I just love that movie!! I love Diane Keaton in general though. Especially her and Woody Allen together.

  5. LOL, well I know what you mean about trying to get back into reading! I see that The Orphan Master’s Son is listed on your “in my hands”… was that one of your DNF’s?

    1. My DNF was Anita Brookner’s “Leaving Home.” What a bore that was! I read half of it and then skipped to the end. I know Brookner fans will unfriend me over saying it but that book was a snooze fest.

    1. I am almost done with it and I haven’t cried yet. It’s very sweetly done and it certainly makes you think about your own childhood. It’s really well done. I am loving it. It’s made me want to take up journaling.

  6. Diane Keaton is a favorite of mine, so I’m interested in your thoughts on that book in particular. I’m having a similar bit of reading blahs which is entirely my own fault and not the fault of the books I’m reading. Glad you have found your way out and are happily reading again.

  7. I have also been in that in-between stage with reading, and am having trouble concentrating on the tasks ahead and just laying low right now. I think when things get really busy and stressful for me, I just like to sit quietly and watch the word go by my window. I can so relate to being behind. I hope your reading mojo comes back soon!

  8. Diane Keaton’s memoir is one of the best books I read in 2011, and I’d say one of the best memoirs I’ve read. I love her mom’s journals…. and all the photos in there are just lovely. Yes, I find myself taking it easy in my reading this year, which I think is fine. Reading should not come as a pressured duty, but a relaxing enjoyment…. right?

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