Monday, June 28, 2010

Do Nothing But Read Day

Yesterday was Do Nothing But Read Day, for which I signed up kind of at the last minute.  As I expected, I couldn't set aside the whole day but I did manage some quality sofa time in the afternoon chilling out with some books.

What did I read?  Well, since it's manga month for the June Hello Japan! mini-challenge, I finally took volume 9 and volume 10 of the Emma series by Kaoru Mori off the shelf to read.  It was so fun to catch up with these characters, and especially to see Emma and William's big day!  I'm sad now though knowing that there are no more stories to look forward to.  Reading these last two volumes in the series definitely made me want to go back and read them all again, which I'm sure I will do at some point.

I also read a few stories in Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint.  I feel like a lot of my reading, when I actually have been reading the last couple of months, has been more on the serious side, so these fantastical stories are a nice change of pace.  I've only read one other de Lint book and am not really familiar with Newford, or his writing style, but already I can see the appeal.    

So that was yesterday.  Otherwise this past week I finished reading Silence by Shusaku Endo which we'll be discussing for the Japanese Literature Book Group.  I'm really looking forward to talking about this book and hearing what others thought of it.  If you're looking for the dedicated discussion post, it'll be up a little later today.

For this week, I plan to keep reading from Dreams Underfoot, and to finally start on Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari.  I've heard such great things about it, I can't wait!  

What have you been reading?

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  1. No chance of my having a day off just to read; my reading is done almost exclusively during my train commute to and from work at the moment. Today saw me trying to read a Thomas Mann story in the original German while completely sleep deprived from getting up in the night for my elder daughter and the England game.

    I didn't get very far...

  2. I need such a day! Housework gets in my way, but this time, when the Read-a-thon begins (I think in October?) I'm not giving in to anything but books! I hate it when a series ends...I have yet to find a manga I love, but I'll keep looking. ;)

  3. I love the idea of Do Nothing But Read Day, and I think we should have one every week. :)

  4. Hi Nat, could you point me to which copy of Oe's The Silent Cry you have? Thanks, I'll wait for your reply.

  5. I have yet to read ANYTHING by DeLint, and so many people seem to love him. He always shows up on the reader's choice "Best of" lists everywhere.

    I'm finishing up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Lovely so far!

  6. Tony - I can imagine! And definitely understandable. I hope you get some more sleep soon. I keep nodding off even while reading English these days, and I don't even have the excuse of a new baby in the house. ;)

    Bellezza - Yes, I ended up doing some housework too, and other things but it was nice to spend some of the afternoon just reading. The Emma series is really lovely, have you tried it yet?

    Trisha - I was just thinking that actually! I could totally use a day dedicated to reading each week. I might try for at least an afternoon each weekend and see how it goes.

    claire - I just replied to your comment on the previous post. Let me know if you need any other info.

    Andi - He's got so many books out too! Dreams Underfoot is a suggested starting point for the Newford books, and I'm enjoying it so far. Still need to read Guernsey Potato. Everyone seems to love it! One of these days I'll get to it.

  7. I long for the day that I can just read all day with nothing else to interfere. I actually plot and plan such days but they never seem to come to fruition.

    You have an interesting list of books. I have yet to read a De Lint book, but intend to do so...hopefully sooner than later.

    I do not read manga, no reason, just have not done so. Maybe because the cartoon aspect has never really appealed to me...even as a child. with that said, the series Emma that you mentioned greatly intrigues me. Do you think this would be a good initiation into reading Manga???

    Already read Silence, posted on your discussion post. Hope, the volume that I wrote makes sense. This book is so very profound that my mind is still working through the layers.

    Hope you have a great week, reading and otherwise. :)

  8. I've been reading bits and pieces when I can of The Passage by Justin's awesome!

  9. I thought I had already commented here but I guess I'm getting it confused with another post where you mentioned Dreams Underfoot.

    A whole day to read. What a luxury. I had meant to set aside some time to read today but instead spend the day cleaning and trying to catch up with a few of my favorite blogs.


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