Monday, October 11, 2010

What I've been reading (and Read-a-thon Wrap-up)

I hope everyone who participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon this weekend had a blast! I know I did. I spent a lot of my time visiting blogs and cheering but I did fit a little reading in as well. I read the novella, The Following Story by Dutch author Cees Nooteboom, which Dutch blogger Gnoe of Graasland also read during the read-a-thon. Yes, we planned that! I struggled a little bit with the book at first, especially as I was quite sleepy and the narrator did go on and on a bit. But the ending was perfect and it has made me want to go back to reread some of the earlier parts now with a better understanding.

I also read most of the stories in Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis. The read-a-thon officially ended at 9PM Sunday, Japan time, so after a late dinner, dishes and other stuff, I couldn't bring myself to get back on the computer so I headed to bed with it and have now finished off the last couple stories. I know not everyone likes short stories but if you even remotely do, try these! These were all truly wonderful stories. I'm going to work on getting a review up this week.

On a more personal note, it felt really great to be commenting on blogs again, something I haven't been doing very much of these last few months. (And I apologize again for that!) I've really missed it. Even though Book Blogger Appreciation Week made me want to reconnect with everyone, I kind of felt out of practice. Signing up as a cheerleader for the read-a-thon was just what I needed to jump back in. Of course it also reminded me how annoying the different commenting systems are. There is no perfect system but because of the way I like to interact with blogs, and their authors (I like to get follow up comments by email, and comment on the blogs from within Google Reader) so free blogs, and Blogger's embedded comment form have to be the most annoying. Sigh. And don't get me started on those darn captcha word verifications. Don't worry though, I won't let it put me off.

The read-a-thon is such a fun event, and a wonderful memorial to Dewey, blogger extraordinaire. I'm sure she'd be thrilled to see how big it has grown. I'd just like to say thanks again to all the organisers of the read-a-thon, as well as to Jill of Fizzy Thoughts, who organized all us cheerleaders and is herself the Queen of the Pom-poms! I'm already looking forward to the next one.

So now that I've finished the book of short stories, I'll continue reading The Handbook of Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone, which I read the first couple of chapters of during the read-a-thon as well. Plus I really need to start reading the new translation of Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert for Frances' Madame Bovary read-along this month.

So that's what my reading looks like for the next few days.
What are YOU reading this week?

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  1. Glad you had a good readathon. I did too, mainly reading, but sometimes commenting on other people's blogs.

    You stopped by once or twice, which was nice, thanks!

    On the basis of what Graasland wrote about the Nooteboom book, I decided to get it via bookmooch. It's on its way to me now. It better be good!

  2. Sounds like you had a great week

  3. I'm amazed that I haven't read Madame Bovary...yet. Definitely on my must-read list.

    Hope you have a great reading week.

    BTW, I agree about the commenting systems, but some of the ones by Blogger are actually the worst, I think! There are also some other systems that, when you leave your comment, there is no "your comment will be approved," or anything. The comment just disappears....

    Your system here is the best one Blogger has. To see my Monday, click my name!

  4. I had a lot of fun with the readathon as well. :) Hope you enjoy your upcoming books!

  5. This week I am reading Lafcadio Hearn's "Kwaidan" -- for your October challenge! And also a nonfiction book (unusual for me), "Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness De Pontalba" for a program at our library. Have a good week, all!

  6. I love seeing what you are reading and I am even drooling at the books you have on your side bar.

    Have a super week! :)

  7. I'm so glad the readathon made you feel more comfortable with commenting again. I know you've been struggling with that the last months and how often you've said you felt guilty about it. I hope you can enjoy it in a guilt-free way now?

  8. I really hope you enjoy The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors! And welcome back to commenting :) heh

  9. How fun to plan to read the same thing as another read-a-thon-er. That's a great idea.

  10. Just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU for stopping by my blog during the Read-a-thon and leaving so many great comments and cheers of encouragements. They meant so much to me (especially those that were personal and obvious responses to the posts I was making), and they really did keep me going through the long day/night. You're an excellent cheerleader and I hope you'll keep doing that for others!

  11. Good to hear the read-a-thon got you into the commenting spirit ;) For me, it helped me get out of a reading *and* blogging slump. It's good to hold a readathon every once in a while!

    Will you let me know if You feel like doing a Nooteboom post together (and if so, if you've got any ideas about that)?

    Also, I feel the same about blogger commenting and captcha, but what is wrong with free wordpress? My browser suggests entries for the different obligatory fields, so I don't really see the problem. Just wondering, since I'm on wordpress myself and don't want to scare people off!

  12. It was fun readathoning with you for a little bit--wish that our times were more aligned so that we could spend more time with each other (that sounds weird but I think you know what I mean).

    Your cover of Madame Bovary is beautiful. Almost makes me want to read it...almost. :) Hope you're having a wonderful week, Nat!

  13. Congrats on your RaT accomplishments. Sounds like you had a good time.

  14. I didn't even know there was a readathon lol. Somehow I am a bit lost in blogland (and in reading book) these days. Too much going on. And I wasn't home (Malaysia) in the past week.
    Interesting you read Nooteboom. I like his work. I can imagine that it wasn't easy while being sleepy though ;)


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