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Thankfully Reading Weekend: Wrap Up Post

November 29, 2010

And so Monday dawns and ends the most lovely long weekend I’ve enjoyed in some time. Part of the loveliness was focusing on reading with the excuse or draw of Thankfully Reading Weekend, hosted by Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves, Candace at Beth Fish Reads, and Jen at Devourer of Books. I have to say that, because it was so low-key and easy, I actually played along and I’m glad I did. Usually I shy away from the more extravagant events as I’m not always sure of the rules.

Let’s see, here are Jenn’s questions for the wrap-up bit of the program.:

  • Did you read as much as you hoped?
  • How many books did you finish and what were the titles?
  • For how many hours did you manage to escape into your books?
  • Did anyone else in your family take time to read?
  • What was the winner for the weekend?

I essentially began and ended The Finkler Question, read another hundred or so pages in Possessions and made it about halfway through The Cookbook Collector. Of course, I would have preferred to have finished the two I only ‘made progress” on but to make a dent in Possessions is a big accomplishment as the book is a bit emotionally consuming.

I’d say I spent a good six hours a day reading, for four days, some more, some less. Such is the beauty of school-less weekends.

My husband didn’t do much reading but we did make a pact, over afternoon pizza, to go back to school to get our Masters in philosophy “just for fun”. How did I end up with this man and what I have I done to wind up so lucky, I ask?

The “winner” for the weekend is probably, Possessions. The Finkler Question was great and The Cookbook Collector is turning out to be fun and easy if not prose perfect. However, A. S. Byatt “gets” stories like no one I’ve ever read, save, possibly Eco. I need another long weekend to devote the time and love it asks. I’ll probably wind it up, this week, sadly. It’s a fantastically smooth read and I don’t really want it to end.

Any way, when all was said and done, I read quote a bit, this weekend, even if I didn’t finish much of anything. Next time, I think I’m going for numbers, I need to pick a few shorter books., clearly!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2010 8:44 am

    Congrats on winning mini-challenge # 2! 6 hours a day is GREAT! I didn’t get in nearly as much as I hoped but it was nice to check in on what others were reading, etc.

  2. November 29, 2010 11:42 am

    I think reading all that time should count as much as numbers! And to go back to school jointly to get Masters in philosophy sounds like the most fun ever!

  3. November 29, 2010 10:02 pm

    Possession is one of my favorite books of all time, and it is the novel that brought me to contemporary fiction. It’s wonderful to read about your discovery of it. Have you read her short stories? I like those almost as much, although none as well as this novel.

    The Finkler Question is on my TBR mountains.

    I’m so impressed by the decision you and your husband made! That is just too lovely. Good wishes as you pursue the philosophy degrees.

  4. November 29, 2010 10:25 pm

    Wow!! That is quite a pact you made! You’re married to a pretty cool guy (and he has a pretty cool wife too).

  5. November 30, 2010 1:41 am

    Glad to see you’ve had a pretty good weekend! A Master’s in Philsophy?! I think you and your husband are pretty lucky (and smart) to end up with each other. đŸ˜€ Have a great week!

  6. November 30, 2010 9:36 am

    You had a great weekend in books! Since we had company, I didn’t get much read.

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