Karen Allen Karen's Comments (member since Feb 26, 2012)


Karen's comments from the Books on the Nightstand group.

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Episode 237 (34 new)
Aug 01, 2013 01:20PM

4862 My solution for the non-reader? Find out what they are interested in and move mountains to find books in those areas of interest for them to read - even as young as 7 or 8!

My parents were both readers. I'm a reader. My husband is a reader. His mom was a reader. My daughter (oldest child) took to reading very quickly. My son (2 years younger) did not. He read what he had to in class.

When he was in second grade, I talked to him about it & asked: What are you interested in reading about? Answer: Dinosaurs and space. I ended up with 3 different library cards to find him books on dinosaurs and space to read all through 2nd & 3rd grades.

In 4th grade, his class was reading The Indian in the Cupboard in class and he knew I had all 4 books. Because he was enjoying the first book, he picked up my books and ended up reading all 4 while the class was reading the first one! And he was hooked!

He loved Star Wars and the Young Jedi Knights series had come out so I started getting those for him. Soon, he was dipping into our SciFi collection and by 8th grade he was reading Tom Clancy & John Grisham. While others were trying to find books with large print and the fewest pages, he walk over to the bookshelf and grab one with 600, 700, or even 1000 pages and not bat an eye. (His teacher loved him!)

So, both of my kids are readers. And now my two oldest granddaughters are reading 3 years ahead of grade level...
Jul 03, 2013 08:57AM

4862 My choices are dictated by three things:
1. What library books I have checked out (& which are due first)
2. What's on my nightstand (or on my Kindle app)
3. Oh! Something shiny! I must read this! Now!

Currently, I don't have any library books out, so I've Ben dipping into #2 on that list a lot.

I don't pay attention to genres because I do like to read series as a series. I tend to forget details if I don't.
Apr 13, 2013 06:16PM

4862 I'm in the Phoenix area - but out in Mesa. Love listening to the podcast. Changing Hands is a bit south and west for me. :) (I'm at Val Vista and Southern.)
Feb 20, 2013 09:06AM

4862 I started with a Nook, but once I got my iPad, that's all I've used. The Nook just sits on the shelf unused. I have the Kindle app and that's what I use the most. That said, my primary sources of books are the Library and my bookshelves.
Jan 19, 2013 07:05PM

4862 Just finished Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen. Not sure about the ending, but it was a great book.

Now, I pulled something off of the nightstand: Patterns in the Sand by Sally Goldenbaum, a knitting mystery.
Dec 30, 2012 01:23PM

4862 For 2012: I have finished 18 books and could possibly finish 2-3 more for a total between 19 and 21.

This is the first year I've tracked my books read since 2009 when I joined a group: 52 Books in 52 Weeks (on Ravelry) - and since I'm an overachiever I actually read 104 books instead of just 52...

I don't want to revisit that accomplishment in 2013. I have enjoyed getting ideas from other commenters.

My goals for 2013:
3 books already on my nightstand (already owned; never read)
3 Booktopia books
4 Books recommended by BOTN
3 Read-alongs (with various groups, mostly on Ravelry)
13 Other random books (library, borrowed, etc.)

26 Books to be read in 2013

I feel this is a very do-able goal! (Thanks for the challenge!)
Dec 29, 2012 12:58AM

4862 I usually bring a magazine (Reader's Digest is good for me) and one slim paperback on the plane to read during take-off and landing. I'll also look at the sky mall or airline magazine. Sometimes I knit.

I turn my phone off (if I remember) and turn both my Touch and iPad to airplane mode. I close them both and put in the pocket in front of me, but don't usually bother to turn them completely off.
Nov 20, 2012 12:00AM

4862 I enjoy Craft Lit: http://crafting-a-life.com/craftlit/

Heather does a wonderful job. This version starts with her crafting and some blather. Then she moves into some great background information about the chapter(s) for the podcast. Then, the chapter(s) is(are) read. Sometimes she comes "back on the flip side" to clarify.

For "non-crafters", Heather does a version called Just the Books - which is just the book discussion and reading portion: http://crafting-a-life.com/books/

The current book is Jane Eyre. The previous book was Gulliver's Travels (of which I understand a LOT more now!). There are 13-14 more books. All classics. And a few short stories.

Heather was an English teacher and professor and brings a lot of insight and background to the stories.
Sep 05, 2012 09:41AM

4862 I've read 15 books so far this year. This is a combo of books I owned I'm finally getting to, library books and ebooks.

That said, I'm considerably behind what I can do! Two years ago I did a 52 in 52 weeks and actually read 104 that year. :)
4862 One author that hated the movie made from her book - and I agree with - is Maria Von Trapp and The Story of the Von Trapp Family Singers which was made into The Sound of Music. Having read the book (thank you Scholastic Reading Club books!), I left the movie theater very disappointed! The book was full of great stories. For the movie the children were changed (sex and names; there was no Brigitta), Uncle Max was invented, plot lines including how they left were changed... The book is richer and very entertaining. That said, there are a number of songs from the movie I love.
Jun 03, 2012 10:55AM

4862 There aren't many books I re-read. The ones that I do re-read every few years are the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. Every time I read them, I pick up on more of the little bits of humor or information I missed before.

Right now they are somewhere in the garage in a box from the last move, but I'm getting the itch, so I may have to go looking...
Jun 03, 2012 10:51AM

4862 I'm working on my "nightstand" books: By Heresies distressed by David Weber. I borrowed it over a year ago from my daughter. (sci-fi) There is a whole cast of characters to track, so it's not "light" reading!

For my lighter reading I'm reading: Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes.

There are at least a dozen more books waiting on the nightstand...
4862 I read this last year, just before our local PBS played the updated version. (unplanned) It was interesting to. See what was kept and what was changed. I have to admit it took mea while to figure out who had killed her. Lots of twists and turns.

I have e next 4-5 books already loaded on my ereader.
Apr 01, 2012 01:20AM

4862 Maniac Magee is a good one. I can't remember the author offhand. I read it a while ago, but Maniac Magee was always running.
Mar 08, 2012 04:42PM

4862 Another recommendation for the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. And the Star Wars books.

That aside, I've just started the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold and they are very good as well.

Another interesting series is the Darkover series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. And The Foreigner series by CJ Cherryh.


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