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Marsha's comments from the The Next Best Book Club group.

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reader's block? (41 new)
Nov 03, 2008 07:20AM

1218 I always find a book slump a good time to catch up on my magazines. I get SELF, Family Fun, Prevention, Some trade magazines, etc.- and sometimes they just stack up like crazy. I like to finish the magazines for the recycle pile by pulling all of the articles, recipes, craft ideas, etc. that I like and put them in idea binders and such.

I find that spending a couple of days doing this serves my short attention span well- then I can return to longer tasks.

Also, I always get on the treadmill with a book and my headphones- then I follow my impulses concerning what to do there. I may turn on the music to push harder, or have an easy workout and read for an hour. For some reason, that seems to help me read books I am avoiding or having a hard time getting into.

Of course, GR also serves my short attention span needs.
Nov 03, 2008 07:11AM

1218 A few...

Brisinger by Paolini (my daughter has it in her hands now!) I'll have to do my ritual of reading the first two again first though (Eragon & Eldest).
The Kite Runner- I recently read his second book and loved it.
EL & IC- I'm very excited that the group picked this book. I pick it up at the library today.

Nov 03, 2008 07:05AM

1218 10 Points- Read a Banned Book

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

HIGHLY recommended. If you have any interest in psychology, IQ testing, work or love people with mental disabilities- a must read.

Yikes! I'm up to 155 points and that makes me nervous because I want to outread myself every quarter.

I had wanted to be in this range for the next challenge.
What are you reading? (29995 new)
Nov 03, 2008 06:54AM

1218 I finished Flowers for Algernon last night.

That was one of the rare 5-star books. I owe it to the Fall Challenge that I read it as a "frequently banned book."

Definitely something everyone should read.
Nov 03, 2008 06:46AM

1218 Thanks for posting that link JG-

There are some good reccomends there.
Nov 02, 2008 11:04AM

1218 I know Logan- and Irving talks about how he had to change things in the screenplay. I think I did a long post above about some of the differences- like leaving out Melony and changing Larch's whole attitude toward Homer. It made the movie very different. I would never have accepted it feom another screenwriter- I would have said they butchered Irving's intent.

Irving said if Melony had been in the movie- it would have been a story about her.
Nov 02, 2008 08:53AM

1218 I agree with you Emilee- the movie was completely different. So much so it bothered me.
Nov 02, 2008 08:41AM

1218 25 Point Task- Read a book and make a meal inspired by it-

The Enlightened Diet by Kesten and Scherwitz.

This was a very good book about incorporating mindfulness and more sensual awareness into our experience of food. The basic premise is that when we take the time to experience food in a positive and enriching way (also with social support) we tend to eat better and less.

No calorie counting or restrictions, seven basic principles of eating well.

I made lean pork chops, a fresh steamed California mix (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) and baked sweet potatoes. I sat down with my two younger children (the eldest was out with the beau, of course) and we talked about their fun Halloween experience.

I also just made a practice of eating mindfully for my other two meals of the day, and really paid attention to what was going on in my body when I moved to eat. (Standing in the checkout line at Target- Do I really want those M&M's or am I just following my usual script? Nope, not even really hungry.)

Good book.

Also, I finally finished a 10 point non-fiction selection I have been working on for a while-

Reaching High-Risk Families, Edited by Whittaker & Kinney.

Dry & academic. It explained the philosophy and basic research surrounding Family Preservation Services. It is almost 20 years old, but I am glad I read it. Now I can read recent research because I have the base knowledge down.

Add 35 points for a total of 145.

Nov 01, 2008 04:32PM

1218 LOL

I knew I liked you Fiona- we are both Earth signs. :) I notice most of my good friends tend to be Earth signs- even though I'm not much into Astrology.
Nov 01, 2008 04:30PM

1218 Kristina is the one with the great continental read idea. She had posted it under "book challenges" in the Pick-A-Shelf group. Sorry I'm not computer savvy enough to post a link. There is a great list of recommendations there.
Newbie (25 new)
Nov 01, 2008 04:25PM

1218 Welcome Fallon.

Fallon was my favorite character on Dynasty. Wow. I'm getting old and my soap opera brain is showing.
Nov 01, 2008 04:22PM

1218 Hi Darla-

Welcome from a goat to add to the barnyard animals.
What are you reading? (29995 new)
Nov 01, 2008 12:14PM

1218 Don't worry Ann- there's always Rebel Angels!

Although I've been waiting about a month for that book at the library.

I just started Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I got teary-eyed on page 22. This is a highly thought provoking book.

Nov 01, 2008 12:10PM

1218 One of our group members was talking about reading authors from all seven continents. She had a great list posted too- I remember reading the post but now I can't remember who it was or what group it was. That is the problem with GR sometimes- I read so much I get confused.

How about-

Read a book by an author born (or about, in the case of Antartica) on the continent of...
North America
South America

The member has a great list posted about books she read since starting this personal challenge. I thought it was a great idea. I know she does this challenge as well. I'll look for the list/member later unless she notices this and speaks up.

I'm wondering now what she had for Antartica- because I think she did have books in every catagory.

Nov 01, 2008 09:41AM

1218 Yeah- Have a great time Carrie!
Nov 01, 2008 09:28AM

1218 Add me to the rock & alternative mix.

I listen to the "quality rock" radio station and the alternative station out of Seattle most of the time. I rarely buy music and I often don't know who it is that I like, only that I like it- but definitely Muse, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Death Cab for Cutie.

I also love live music- even if the band isn't that great. The energy is fun. Music festivals (especially Bumbershoot) are one of my favorite things to do.
Nov 01, 2008 09:15AM

1218 I remember loving this book. I read it in high school and remember thinking it was the "juiciest" of all the Steinbeck I was reading at the time. For some reason I have it grouped in my head with Shogun too. I read the book around the time of the mini-series, so maybe it was all around the same time.
Nov 01, 2008 09:12AM

1218 It's a wonderful book. Definitely one of my all-time favorites.
Nov 01, 2008 09:11AM

1218 I also have it on order at the library. I am really looking forward to this book!
Oct 29, 2008 09:56AM

1218 I haven't read ANY of the Russian authors. I'm thinking of starting with Anna K.

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