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Booking it eternally

From Booking Through Thursday:

What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so?

Wow, I haven’t booked for a while, and this is a fun question.

The first really long book I read was Gone With The Wind. I was maybe twelve at the time and I remember taking at least one break part way through to read a few shorter novels. Because the book is long, and Scarlett, kind of annoying. I’m really not all that wild about Rhett either.

In college, I booked through both Anna Karenina (long) and War and Peace (longer) relatively quickly. Maybe because there was going to be a test. Tolstoy fun fact: the man did know how to write a short story. Really.

More recently, I read the first two books in the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I’m still tired from that. I read these on Kindle and I was all:

29%? How can I still be at 29%? I’ve been reading for hours.

Will I continue the series? Maybe. When I’m in the mood for epic fantasy and don’t mind seeing all my favorite characters killed off. I think it’s this last bit that keeps me away. Not that I think authors should never kill off their characters. It’s that I don’t trust Martin. I don’t want to get attached to anyone in the series, so I keep all the characters at arm’s length–which is no way to read a book.

As I mentioned, epic fantasy is a mood read for me. Now I need to add epic fantasy where I don’t mind all my favorite characters dying and the books are really, really long, kind of like the literary equivalent of running a marathon. 

That’s a very specific sort of mood. It may be a while before I pick up book three.


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WWW Wednesday: the long and the short of it

Cover of "Metaphors We Live By"

Cover of Metaphors We Live By

It’s WWW Wednesday, as hosted by Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

In the car: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and read by Libba. How can one woman be so talented? The audio version is wonderful. Great production values and Libba is incredible. So. Funny.  I’m lucky I haven’t driven off the road. Highly recommended.

On the Kindle: A Clash of Kings (Book Two in A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin. This is a very long book.  Plus, I totally need to get myself a second middle initial.

On the nightstand: Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson For a writing class I’m taking, although strictly speaking, this is not a writing text.

What did you recently finish reading?

A Game of Thrones (Book One in A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin. This is also a very long book. I read, and read, and read, and my Kindle % goes up by maybe 1%. Still, it’s some good summer reading.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Uh, the next George R. R. Martin book in the series. That would be the logical conclusion. I also want to read The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker. As one Amazon reviewer billed it: It’s like Nancy Drew, but cooler, sassier, and funnier. I always wanted to be a girl detective.

And … speaking of reading: the Long and the Short of It review site is having their four-year anniversary celebration this week. As part of that, they’re doing a retrospective on “firsts.” On Monday, Marianne warned me that there was a surprise in my future (or rather, for my Wednesday).

Guess what? Their very first short story happened to be one of mine. Shall we step back to those halcyon days of 2007–before Geek Girl was even published, never mind sold–and take a road trip out to SoCal?  Don’t forget the toilet paper.


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