TSS: Progress Notes


the-sunday-salonI am a little book restless.  I have been bopping around from thing to thing which is a bit unlike me.  I usually pick a book and read it through to the end.  Right now I have a lot of stuff in progress.

I’ve been listening to The Runaway Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini on audio,  and I am loving it.   Sylvia The Runaway Quilt, by Jennifer ChiaveriniCompson is a fun mix of knowledgeable and crotchety and right now she is looking into family secrets in her past that have to do with some quilts, a hope  chest and a hidden diary that she has found in the attic of her home. She doesn’t  take kindly to the fact that her distant relatives might have been slaveholders and she is looking to get to the bottom of the situation.  I really like the flashes of the other times to where her German ancestors are just settling down to a rundown farm in Pennsylvania.  I love that I am listening to this because it is allowing me to take some interesting notes on the story as I listen. If it continues along as it has been, I will go back and start from the beginning the series.  Thankfully this could be a stand alone book as far as I am concerned.  I’m not missing any of the story by starting with the fourth book in the series.

The Hunger Ganes, by Suzanne CollinsI just picked up Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (raved about on every blog that I have come across).  Only two pages in and I can see what everyone is talking about.  The paragraphs are simply written but still manage to be dense with information.  I am enjoying seeing the picture develop of this society where it seems that lots of things in life have gone horribly wrong.

For a little fairy tale action I have turned to Robert Coover’s Briar Rose which I first heard about from Meghan at Medieval Briar Rose, by Robert CooverBookworm.  I love reading about fairytales.  The last time that I read a book heavily featuring a fairytale was Carol Goodman’s The Seduction of Water, which I loved right up to the ending which was unfortunately a  little contrived and a bit rushed.  Coover has made me think about all the things that I never would have thought of when reading fairy tales.  As a child and maybe too as an adult I have accepted them at face value, but I guess it makes sense that sleeping princesses can be raped and taking advantage of while sleeping and maybe princes do die trying to wake them from their spells.  This is a short book, but by no means is it going quickly.

In about a half an hour, I am off to the movies with my mom and then I will spend the rest of the day flitting around the books that I have started and will hopefully be able to settle in and finish one.

What so you do when you can’t decide what to read? Do you start reading a bunch of stuff like me? Toin coss (yes, I really wrote that originally) Coin Toss? Poll?  Read nothing at all? Something else? I wanna know, so tell me.

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  1. That happens to me too sometimes. What I do is try several books until one really grabs me. It might take a while, but it will happen!

  2. When I’m experiencing a reading slump, I read picture books. I don’t know why but for some reason it helps a lot. The Hunger Games is a great book and I’m going to add Briar Rose to my TBR list. Happy reading.

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  3. I’ve heard such great things about Hunger Games. Maybe I will pick it up one of these days to read. A coworker of mine read it and said she’d loan me her copy after she gets it back from a friend she loaned it out to.

    I rarely read more than one book at a time, sometimes two, and so I can’t say I have been in your situation before, where I have multiple picks going at once. When I am having trouble deciding what to read, I may resort to having my husband pick a book for me or some other random method of choosing. If it’s a case of my just not really being in the mood to read, I may settle in with a magazine or watch a movie instead.

    I hope you have a great time at the movies and enjoy your week!

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  4. Everyone who hasn’t read it yet seems to be going for The Hunger Games lately! I just bought it myself. I had a bit of a frustrating time earlier this week, not being able to settle on a single. As a result I read bits of several and by the time I did finish, actually read quite a lot of them! I hope the same happens for you.

  5. I usually have several going at once. I like non-fiction so I always have one of those going. Then I alternate between light fiction or a re-read and a heavier fiction. It’s kind of like food. Sometimes I want something light (salad, grilled chicken) and sometimes I want Mexican or Bar-b-q or a pot-roast or . . . . I like variety. Sorry, if that doesn’t help.

    I like this theme better than the last one. On the last one I couldn’t see where to go.

  6. Nymeth ~ I think that now that I have started reading The Hunger Games I will really get into it. The couple of pages I read really had me intrigued. It does take a few. There were some others that I forgot to mention in my post.

    Vassily ~ I like to read shorter books and children’s books as well, when I am in a slump. Sometimes it’s good just to have a feeling of accomplishment when you’re feeling restless.

    Kathy ~ I find that when I have a deadline I often start reading something else. Perverse, isn’t it? I still manage to get it done in time, but I have to rebel just a little bit.

    Wendy ~ I have to say for just the first few pages, The Hunger Games seems like it will be as good as everyone says that it is. I usually pick something and just read it, but just can’t do it this time around. I blame it on the humidity. I don’t have a husband and I tried to ask my cats but wasn’t very successful. They don’t like anything I read they just want to curl up on the books.

    Meghan ~ I am liking what I am reading of The Hunger Games. It will be interesting to see how it measures up to all that I have heard and I will be looking forward to seeing what you have to say about it eventually. I think I will end up reading quite a lot this week once I find my groove, or at least I will finish a lot since I am at varying points with everything.

    Margot ~ I love my non-fiction too, and have been reading quite a bit of it lately. I had to read a few fluffy reads to decompress. I am liking this themes so far, and I think I have finally found one that might worked. I was trying to find something that would support all that I wanted to do, and the last left a lot to be desired in terms of navigation. Thanks for the feedback.

    1. I feel like I have been more of a multi-book person lately, and I was before. Last year I took the approach of reading just one book at the time to see if there is a difference to reading that way, but I thin I find comfort in the option of having variety. I definitely would have read a lot more had I read more than a book at a time. I find that I can keep the stories straight, and if I get stuck when I’m reading one boo it might take me a long time to get back to it.

  7. I’ve been reading a bunch of books at the same time too, not because I’m not getting into them but because I have so many that I want to read that I want to be reading them all at once. The Hunger Games is one of the books, although I’ve resisted starting it because I think I’ll get sucked in immediately and not want to do anything else. I’m excited to hear what you think of it!

  8. I am book skipping myself, it must be a restless summer season. I haven’t read any of Chiaverini’s series in a long time, I need to get into them again but I have to say that The Hunger Games is the title that has me the most intrigued.

  9. Every book you have listed there sounds fabulous to me! But I completely understand a bit of book funk, it happens to all of us at some point! Now I’m off to look up your Runaway Quilt book which looks so good….

    1. Runaway Quilt turned out to be really good. It was a lot more complex than I would have thought it to be and the topics were fascinated. I want to read more by Jennifer Chiaverini.

  10. After seeing Hunger Games on every blog lately I’ve had my eye on it, too. I hope you like it! Have a great week, Nicole.