What I Am: Reading this Week

The very funny blokette at Angliophile Football Fanatic made a shocking discovery earlier this year, and set out to remedy the situation in true AFF style. She started a book club, but not just any book club. An online book club that would meet once a month and hereby be known as PMS: People Masquerading as Scholars.

The first book was About the Author by John Colapinto. I read it — and liked it, quite a lot — but I did not get to join the discussion due to the fact that it took place around the same time as my (pathetically early) bedtime. I hope to do better next month. (I’m still figuring out if you can view the chat.)

I love to read. I come from a family that loves to read. I hope to instill my love of reading in my girls.

Growing up, I read all the time, and I mean ALL THE TIME. My parents had to forbid me from bringing a book to the dinner table. In family movies, you can always find me: I’m the girl sitting at the picnic table reading a book while all my cousins are running around like nutters. My parents didn’t ground me by sending me to my room — where I just would have curled up with a good book — they made me go out and play with other kids.

I was a strange and solitary child.

Anyhoo, the point being: I like to read.

So in addition to all the other themes poking their heads up around here (hadn’t you noticed? No, I guess not. This is my third theme, with Meatless Monday and Lost Day) I am going to make Wednesday What I Am day. It will pertain to books and music, including kids’ music and/or books.

This week, I am reading two books. This happens very infrequently, for obvious reasons. And one of the reasons that I am reading two is that one of them I have read before.

I am on my third or fifth (probably the latter) time through Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein. I got turned onto them by (surprise) DearDR when we were dating. He reads these books religiously. No, seriously: religiously. He quotes from them. He can tell you all of the differences between the movies and the books (we own several copies of the books, and all of the Peter Jackson-directed LOTR DVDs.) He knows all the themes and all kinds of stuff. In his other life, he is DearDR, Tolkein scholar.

I think it’s a problem, actually. I’m trying to get him to read the Harry Potter books for a change of pace. Or even the Narnia saga.

The other book I am tackling is The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I have heard lots and lots (and lots) about this book, and I finally had to read it for myself. I am very interested in it; I think I would actually be enjoying it a lot more if I got to read it in more than 5-minute stretches. So far, no go. I persevere, though, because, truly, I am interested in the subject. And the writing is pretty decent.

What are you reading this week?

5 thoughts on “What I Am: Reading this Week

  1. I love to read. I don’t know what I’m reading this week. I’m still picking up Sleep is for the Weak when I’m in the bathroom (if only the kids would let me pee in peace I’d have it finished), I picked up Pride and Prejudice but the kids needed to go to bed, I started the 4th in a series but only got through 2 chapters. It’s been a bad week for reading.

  2. I just finished Watchmen, which I’d been meaning to read for a while. I figured I should finally do that before the movie.

    I need to go to the library and grab something else. I’ve actually been thinking of getting “In Defense of Food,” which is the newer one by Michael Pollan.

  3. If I don’t have a book, I feel panicky – literally panicky. Odd, I know.

    What I’m reading now is a bit of a guilty pleasure: To Hold the Crown (The Story of Kind Henry VII and Elizabeth of York) by Jean Plaidy. I love historical novels.

  4. I’m a big reader, too. I wish I had more time to read.

    Omnivore’s Dilemma is marvelous. I actually have not finished it, and need to get around to that.

    I’m still working on Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. With the lack of sleep (Thanks, Alex!) I’ve not had the ability to read for long in bed, and I can never read when Alex is around. I recently finished the Twilight series, which I found thoroughly entertaining.

  5. I’m currently reading (and struggling with) Alfie Kohn’s Unconditional Parenting. Not sure I need yet another source telling me I’m a lousy parent but I’m going to get through it. Somehow.

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