January 15, 2012

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: A Blah Reading Week

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So, I abandoned my first book of the year. That's always disappointing, especially in January. It's not a good start to the year. The book was The Tragedy of Arthur. I read 33% (thanks Kobo) and couldn't read any more. As a result, I haven't finished a book this week. 

I did start The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. It's a not a happy book, not even a little. It's interesting but I'm not sure it's the kind of book to read while in the midst of the January Blues. I'm going to need some happy books after I finish it. Any suggestions?

I've been having an audiobook dry spell too, as my library isn't getting the kind of books I like. There are lots of series mysteries, and non-fiction I have no interest in. I went through the older titles, hoping to find a few I missed. I downloaded A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark. So far, so good.

I hope you all are having a better reading week than I am.

My daughter finished her first Harry Potter book this week! She read it all on her own. It took her awhile because she is a bit like me. She'll have 2 or 3 books going all at once. Her school bag had 4 books in it one day. I asked her about it and she said she needed them in case she got bored. I can't really argue about that. Anyway, I told her I would read Harry Potter after she did. So I have one to start now. 

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The second week of the Fitness Challenge ended well. I managed nearly 3 hours of exercise. I tried a new class, one with weights. It's a lady focused class. I had no idea what to expect, but just decided to take a chance. I enjoyed it but whoa, what a workout! There were women 20 years older than me putting me to shame. My Sponge Bob arms were a wobbling and the next day I couldn't lift them above my waist. 

The gym and my classes were full, full, full too. All the New Years Resolutioners jumping into the fray. I'm told every January starts that way.

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Have you noticed that I have threaded comments? I do, I do! Blogger finally got with the program and gave us a better commenting system. Yay, Blogger! If you want to install them on you Blogger blog, find out how here on this post

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That's about it for this Sunday. The girl has a cold so I don't think I'll be doing much today. I'm off to have some coffee and get this day started.


19 comments :

  1. I am pretty excited about blogger finally having threaded comments - I just put them up on my blog and it's so efficient! I hope I don't get a million emails, though, of all my replies....

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    1. Unfortunately that seems to be the case.

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  2. This has taken me about 50 years to come up with, but I look at the first couple of weeks of January as a trial or probationary period. You try new things. Some stick and some don't. Sounds good to me at least. I was thinking last night when "Harry" was on Saturday Night Live that I need to finally finish the Harry Potter series. We'll see. Good luck with the fitness class. Just don't do too much. I heard on the news that there a ton of people getting hurt doing yoga and you never hear about that part of it. Considering it happened to me I believe it.

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    1. I'll try not to overdo it. I did hurt myself during yoga a few months ago by stretching too far. My shoulder ached for days.

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  3. Congratulations. I had my first DNF of the year too. Mine like yours wasn't a print copy either. Mine, though, was an audiobook.

    Sorry to hear about your cold. 'Tis the season for it unfortunately. I'm usually battling allergies year round so I can empathize somewhat. Maybe it will give you time to start another book.

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    1. Having a school aged kid doesn't help during cold & flu season! They bring home all the germs.

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  4. Life has been busy for me, so I've gotten very little reading done. I've started the audio of 11/22/63 and, so far, it's fantastic!

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    1. I have that one as an ebook. I haven't read it yet though.

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  5. What did she think of HP? Kids are SO excited to finish that one on their own, aren't they? I hope the girl feels better soon and that you have better luck finding a happy book. (Have you read any of Molly Harper? Paranormal romance a la the Lucy Valentine series that are just so much fun!)

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    1. I haven't read any of those. I'll have to check them out.

      She did like Harry Potter. She's moved onto #2 already!

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  6. Life is too short for bad books so don't feel bad.

    I just implemented the threaded comments --great feature.

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  7. I haven't been able to get myself to pick up The Dovekeepers though I have heard it is excellent.
    Glad your threaded comments are working. Mine shows up but reply button doesn't work :(

    Hope your reading picks up!

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  8. Glad to hear that Blogger finally saw the light!

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  9. That's too bad your reading is not off to a very good start. I hope it improves!

    You mentioning The Dovekeepers makes me want to pull it out and start it myself. I think this is why my reading year is going slowly. I am too tempted by other things.

    I am very happy about threaded comments! And, I didn't break my blog (or Historical Tapestry) having to do them the custom template way. Yay!

    I hope your daughter feels better soon!

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  10. Woohoo! I've heard about a couple of glitches with the threaded comments but I'm gonna give them a go. Suuuuuper excited!

    Sorry to hear about your first DNF of the year. Get it out of the way now, I say! I really want to read The Dovekeepers, but I'll keep it for a time when I'm in the mood for a downer book. lol

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  11. Sponge Bob arms? You are too hard on yourself. But I can relate. I am still trying to decide if I should join the fancy schmancy fitness center here at the university. I go for a trial run on Friday. I suspect that my chicken wing arms will wonder what the hell got into me.

    A note about audio books from the library. I download as many as I can to my iPod when they are available and then just leave them there. They never disappear even though they disappear from Overdrive. That way, I have like 30 to pick from at any given time.

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  12. Aw I hope your week has gotten better. Reading blues suck and maybe a fun romance or YA book would snap the blahs. As for the gym, my gym is packed also, and it SUCKS! Give it two weeks or the end of January and it be all ours again :)

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  13. And I forgot, YEA for your daughter finishing her first Potter.

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  14. A Far Cry from Kensington is my favorite Muriel Spark book. But, I haven't read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, yet. I'm convinced I'll love it when I get to it.

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