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Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Reading Week



Sigh. The Count of Monte Cristo is kicking my ass. I'm not even halfway through it and I keep finding other things to do.

If I had realised how long it was, I would have swapped it for a classic from later on in the year. Ah, well. As one of my workmates would say "take a teaspoon of cement and harden up"!

The thing is, The Count of Monte Cristo is really, really, really good. But if I want to get any OTHER reading done, it's going to have to intrude on February's book _ The Pillars of the Earth. Also a long one, but I have two weeks off at the end of February, so I might just read it then. H'm. That'd work, wouldn't it?

What else is on the menu? Nation, still. I read the prologue today and the first page ... do you ever get that feeling, when you pick up a book that you're just going to be yanked down the rabbit hole? Yeah. I have to be careful, I think, when I pick that one up, because I'm not going to want/be able to put it down. Just a feeling.

I have a bunch of library books as well. Some easy-reads: a couple of Monica Ferris Needlework mysteries, and some CSI novelisations, so I won't be too upset if I don't get to those before they're due back. One that I DO want to read, however, is Let the Right One In; a vampire novel set in ... Sweden. It's by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

But that'll have to wait for some spare daylight time.

I'm wussy that way. :)

11 comments:

Count of Monte Christo said...

I love that book. Granted it is quite a read, but certainly worth it.

Enjoy the read!

Nymeth said...

I immediately had that same feeling about Nation. Which is why I left it untouched on my nightstand for almost a week. I wanted to dive into it right away, but I knew yhat once I did I'd neglect anything else.

Red lady-Bonnie said...

The Count of Monte Cristo is a tome that is for sure! It's so well worth it in the end. Don't pressure yourself, read it in chunks and enjoy it. Ohh...you have Pillars of the Earth up next. You may need a break in between with some lighter quick reads! I couldn't get through Pillars.

Joanne said...

I've got my eye on the Swedish book "Let the Right One In" - it looks great. Also I've always wondered what those CSI books were like, whether one book is basically one episode.

Very cute kitty pic :)

chris said...

your kitty pictures are the absolute cutest!

Bybee said...

I love Middlemarch, but the herky-jerky rhythms of my life aren't conducive to my reading it right now. But I'll take a teaspoon of cement...lol

Maree said...

I'm persisting _ getting to halfway slowly :)
Joanne: they are basically extended episodes _ I think of them as ''knock-over reads'' _ something that can be finished quickly. And they're not badly written.

Ms Ulat Buku said...

I'm also thinking of picking up pillars of the earth next month... good luck to both of us!

bkclubcare said...

I almost put Monte on my to-read list this year but it's just toooooooo long. and I have Pillars in house, too. I just get too distracted for variety to keep up with them. Good for you, I'm cheering you on!

Staci said...

Nation sounds like a great book and I read a pretty good review of it recently. Your cat is too funny!!! Looking forward to your review of the vampire book!

Ladytink_534 said...

I'd like to re-read The Count of Monte Cristo one day. I remember really loving it!