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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Reading: Getting a Round Tuit

These books are in my stack of "just started" and "want to find time to get to":

Let's see now: I should get round tuits for all of these once my 13-year-old gets somewhat used to the hormone swings of adolescence, my 6-year-old gets older, my 1-year-old granddaughter stops charming my socks off, and my husband and I aren't both working 7 days a week, with me working for both his business and mine. ;-) Not that I'm complaining—it's all pretty darn invigorating! But I used to have more time for unpaid reading for pleasure and edification before I was self-employed.

What titles do you have lying around to read, and when do you think you'll get a round tuit?


Anonymous said...

Oh, I suffer the same fate with a long list of round tuits!

I'm in the middle of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and had thought I could just renew this library copy online for another 3 weeks, but another person has put a hold on the book so the due date (today!) stands. *sigh* I have no idea when I'll get round to finishing -- first I'd just have to get it into my hands again, via the library or otherwise. Who has time to add THAT to the to-do list?

I received a trade paperback copy of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson from a friend as a birthday present -- a few birthdays ago. I'm two-thirds through it and I very well may get to the end shortly. But I've been excited about this book ever since I read about it in Publisher's Weekly and it's now been eons since.

I do go through phases where I have time to read. But I haven't had the pleasure of one in several years. I know it's because I've chosen to throw myself into working 12-hour days all the time. And I'm getting the results I had hoped for. But I am starting to miss having a life -- and I don't even have children!

Katharine, I was amazed by the morning schedule you posted. Waking the kids, having everyone's medication timed, getting everyone fed. It was a full day's work BEFORE you ever got a chance to freelance.

You are a force of nature and I salute you!

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Julie, I like absolutely anything written by Barbara Kingsolver. She's so talented.

Katharine, I was amazed by the morning schedule you posted. ... You are a force of nature and I salute you!

My husband long ago nicknamed me Xena, Warrior Princess because of that very "force of nature" quality you mention. ;-)

Scott said...

Hmmm... I have about 3 feet of Star Trek novels to wade through this summer in my down time between semesters of nursing school. Hopefully I get some of them knocked out before my nose must go back into textbooks!

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Ah, Star Trek novels! What fun stuff to read, Scott. My husband has been reading one aloud to our two sons for the last few evenings. He and they are quite drawn in by the story and forget the rest of the world while they're in the book.

Anonymous said...

I've given up on actually reading something printed on paper. I do too dang much reading online to want to stretch my eyes further afterwards.

However, I have 'read' three of the books on your list. My new 'reading' is via audiobooks, which has actually proven to be a very effective way to actually read something for education or entertainment without using my eyes. I'm forced to give it my full attention and the headphones knock out the distraction. I only wish I'd found them sooner.

Read Dreams From My Father first. It's a wonderful and amazing book. When you're done reading it, you will want to slap every media pundit who says "the public just doesn't know who Barack Obama is." And then you'll want to slap with the other hand when they say "He needs to define himself."

HELLO? An entire book for autobiography while he searches for identity. Geeeez, those talking/writing punditheads drive me nuts.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Slapping the pundits? Oh, yeah! They hyperventilate and create crises all by themselves—no actual news events required. Sometimes it makes me ashamed to have ever been a journalist.

Betsy Davenport said...

Those round tuits are growing in the corners like dust bunnies, here. The stack of books on every horizontal surface in this house makes me cry.

The house makes a fine effort to contain the literary appetites of its inhabitants (three of us, aged 15 to 69). But it is piled high with things paper and printed. Every horizontal surface is home to all sorts of books, newspapers, news magazines, political treatises, health newsletters, cookbooks for the wannabe healthy, did I say magazines? Oh, and the many lists of books we want to read, of course.

Here's a truncated version of mine. Some of them are started, some on order.

The Audacity of Hope

How to Suppress Women's Writing Without Really Trying

Evocative Objects

Be A Smart Horse Buyer

The Power of Nightmares

The Web of Debt

Dissent: Voices of Conscience

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