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DO NOTHING BUT READ Thread, April 22-23-24

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Apr 22, 2011, 8:27am Top

I can't help myself. I am starting this early for any who just need to start reading. Please tell us what your first read will be, where you are, and what time it is in your world and then get to it! or wait until Saturday morning, wherever you are.

I have a day with toddlers to do first. But I'll join you in a few hours.

Apr 22, 2011, 9:02am Top

Although I know many of you know Morphidae very well from her fine postings here and in the 75 Book Challenge, I want to introduce her here this morning. Morphidae reads widely and rapidly. She writes quick and easy to read book reviews which do not hide how she feels about the book, at all; and, that is to our benefit. She also is very vigilant and trustworthy and I am so pleased that she has offered to Co-Host this DNBR thread.

So maggie1944 and morphidae will be your hosts. Beginning at a reasonable morning hour, where we live, we will be posting every other hour.

I hope you are all anticipating a wonderfully fun day of reading. I know I am.

Thank you all for participating, and an especially big cheer and thanks to Morphidae for offering to help with the host's pleasures.

Apr 22, 2011, 9:56am Top

Well I know it's early but I have just finished These Three Remain so I thought I would start posting now since it is late Friday night for me. I'm not used to reviewing books so forgive me if anything is wanting.

This is the third book in the Fitzwilliam Darcy trilogy and I found it rounded out his development quite nicely, It was interesting following the events Aidan chose to invent to put form to Darcy's character and give explanations to his demenour which were entirely plausable and did fit in nicely as the opposing perspective to Miss Austen's Elizabeth.

Ok now that is done i'll be off to bed so I can begin again fresh with my next book. I look forward to everyone's posts :)

Apr 22, 2011, 10:20am Top

The Mistress of Roomba Evil Minions Morphidae is ready to whip you whippersnappers into shape.

Do you have books of many genres piled up?

Do you have finger foods and thirst quenchers set up?

Have you told all your loved ones that you are READING and if they can't serve you hand and foot, at the least they need to leave you alone?

Do you have a reading buddy such as a pet, stuffed animal or reading child?

Are your cozy corner accoutrements such as blankets and slippers ready?

Let's go!

Apr 22, 2011, 10:52am Top

I wanna do it!

Apr 22, 2011, 12:06pm Top

Aaaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhhh! My 2wire died. I have no internet at home. This is MrsLee on her mom's phone.
I am reading Rex Stout today and keeping notes. I will catch up with you all when I get my system back.

Had to sign my mom up because I couldn't remember my password. Best of reading days to you all!

Apr 22, 2011, 1:57pm Top

babyhuey121795: Just do it. No need for rules. Read and let us know how you're doing.

grandmajane's baby girl: Good to see you!!!

Edited: Apr 22, 2011, 3:30pm Top

Ok - the eve of DNBR Day, and plans are in place; commissary organised - enough food to feed an army; family warned to STAY AWAY (Not that that will work!); reading spot prepared and books at the ready.

I am hoping to finish Mistborn and Oath of fealty; make inroads into Silk; perhaps get to The spirit lens or Mission of Honor.

I'm really looking forward to this! See you tomorrow GMT!

ETA: Oh MrsLee...isn't that always the way of it! When you are depending on the Internet, it will nearly always let you down! *wanders off with fingers crossed for tomorrow*

Edited: Apr 22, 2011, 4:05pm Top

Woo! Hello my new favourite thread! :3

I may start a wee bit early then with Blood Music tonight. I'd like to get this one finished because it's a bookring book, and I don't like to keep them more than a couple of weeks before I pass them on. I might start A Game of Thrones tomorrow. I've had it on my shelf for nearly a year but never got round to reading it. Since I'm watching the new TV series of it I'd better read the first book at least!

I'll be out in the garden tomorrow morning - we've been having a gorgeous little heatwave this week! It hit 26C in places today & it's gonna be much the same tomorrow.

One question - do we have to start our own threads or can we just update in this one?

And Athabasca, I loved Mistborn, but haven't got round to reading the next 2 in the series yet =)

Apr 22, 2011, 7:10pm Top

I was thinking that everyone posting here would be fine. I do know there are a lot of participants and if someone wishes to start their own thread and post a link here, that certainly would be acceptable.

Really, this is the No Rules But Your Rules kind of a reading day.

Apr 22, 2011, 7:18pm Top

Yaaaay - DNBR day has begun! I'm sitting reading Changeless while sipping a rather nice Pinot Noir (Yes I know alcohol is on the banned list, but it is after midnight here and I have finished all the house work, so I'm entitled! :0)

I intend to update on this thread during the day and then add any finished books to my usual thread. Happy reading everyone! (and well done Maggie1944 and the rather scary Morphidae for putting this together)

Apr 22, 2011, 7:19pm Top

You are Welcome! and happy reading to you, too.

Apr 22, 2011, 7:55pm Top

I listened to about 20 minutes of Charmed Life and am having a little snack whilst I check out LT stuff, then will be on to reading The Tiger's Wife.

Apr 22, 2011, 8:20pm Top

Good morning! It's just after 8 AM, here in China, and I've just started Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne. I hope I can finish it today... it's a short novel.

Have a good weekend!

Apr 22, 2011, 8:23pm Top

#11 Hope you're enjoying Changeless. I loved the Parasol Protectorate books and am anxiously awaiting #4.

I have a couple of errands to run first thing Saturday morning so I'm getting a headstart on A Game of Thrones tonight.

Apr 22, 2011, 8:30pm Top

Made a start on The Maze Runner and although I think I will enjoy this book, it's not for my mood today.

Will start Persuasion and see how that grabs me for today.

Apr 22, 2011, 8:50pm Top

welcome everyone! I'll be back after I finish chatting a bit with the Friday nighter chat folks.

Apr 22, 2011, 9:04pm Top

Great to see DNBR day has officially started for some. I can already see several books being read that are on my TBR pile or wishlist. Looking forward to hearing thoughts on them.

I'm trying to finish the reading for module 7 of my course tonight so I don't have to make it part of my day tomorrow. Can't wait to join in!

Apr 22, 2011, 9:23pm Top

Well, as it is 6:30 "ish" pm here I've finished my chatting and will now begin to read for a while. But this is not my official kick-off. I'll do that tomorrow morning when it is Saturday for me.

Congratulations to all who have started and I'll see you in the threads tomorrow, or maybe later tonight if I get curious. (I probably will)

Edited: Apr 22, 2011, 9:30pm Top

9:23 PM and I am relaxing in bed, with the dog and my first book of the weekend, Dark Descendant.

Apr 22, 2011, 10:28pm Top

*nods in agreement with Sandragon *

Me too! I'm vigorously trying to get stuff done today so I can be FREE tomorrow. Can't wait, can't wait! :O)

Also very much enjoying reading comments by everyone who started today. Keep posting, everyone!

Much Bliss & Purrs,

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 3:29am Top

I am going to read Emma. I am in Malaysia and it is 11:30ish here. I was going to start earlier but had some computer issues that took longer than I thought.

Apr 22, 2011, 11:50pm Top

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Apr 23, 2011, 12:06am Top

Going to read When Christ and All His Saints Slept. I will start in the morning. 8^)

Apr 23, 2011, 12:10am Top

Made a start on persuasion and reading Captain Wentworths Diary at the same time, so far interesting to see his side of events.

Have visitors for lunch now though so will be away for a little while.

happy reading everyone, will catch up a bit more in a few hours I expect.

Apr 23, 2011, 12:23am Top

I'm loving The Tiger's Wife and will probably read about an hour longer.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:03am Top

Well, I am a ways into Emma and so far it is ok. I recently read Jane Eyre and last night finished Pride and Prejudice out of the three so far I like Pride and Prejudice the best. I am not really into this type of book, but thought I should get around to reading them.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:23am Top

OHO! Got "The Ape House" from library and started reading on Friday...will continue, yes, on Saturday.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:50am Top

It's nearly 7AM here, and I'm going to start my day of reading in a bit, by making a start on A Cure for All Diseases, and to give myself some variety, Unspeak.

Apr 23, 2011, 3:27am Top

I have decided to take a break from Emma it seems like it for me is like Jane Eyre where I can only read it in small chunks. One of my friends just had his first book published. I was bummed since I am in Malaysia for awhile that I was going to miss out on reading it. I just discovered that I am able to get it on my Kindle, so I am going to switch over to Death Along the Spirit Road.

Apr 23, 2011, 3:32am Top

Hi all - it's 0830 on a rainy morning in Scotland - so I'm away back to bed with Changeless and a cup of tea. Happiness is....

Apr 23, 2011, 4:20am Top

Good morning.

Something just ate my last message:(

I read until after midnight last night so I'll count the book I finished towards the DNBR day - Affinity by Sarah Waters.

I have already spent about an hour reading this morning, curled up in bed with some coffee and the cats in bed. I've been reading The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris and How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill.

Taking a break to get some food, check email and some LT threads - back later:)

Apr 23, 2011, 5:23am Top

Morning tasks over, so I can start DNBR Day on a gloriously sunny Durban morning at 11: 20 local time. First up is Highliners: a railroad album, which I've just boutght at the local secondhand bookshop.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:41am Top

Well I am enjoying Death Along the Spirit Road much better than Emma. It reminds me of Michael McGarrity or Craig Johnson. I think it is a pretty good book for his first one. Going to take a movie break a little later before I do some more reading.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:42am Top

#10 - Ok great, thanks Maggie. I won't have enough updates to warrant a whole thread, lol.
#18 - I noticed there's a few that are on my TBR/wishlist too =)

Morning everyone! It's about 10.30am here and it's promising to be another hot day. I overslept a bit this morning (oops!) so I'm not as far into Blood Music as I'd like. However, I'm a fast reader so I'll probably catch up.
Right, I'm off to sit in the garden and read. Will update later!

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 5:59am Top

Nearly 1100, still a dreich day so there's no reason not to continue reading.

Changeless is great fun - they're even visiting a dreich Scotland in the book as well! Once I've finished I'll share some quotes - there're some great oneliners! Just taking a break for some sustenance and I usually get a bit of a headache if I try to read solidly for more than a few hours.

ETA: spelling! (need food!)

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 6:14am Top

it is 8am in Nuuk and I am starting to read. I have different things to do today also, so it won't be a completely do nothing but read day for me, but is just the way it is.
I will be reading Cryptonomicon which I have already started.
I will change it up with Karrusellen, original titel Kuruselli It is a Finnish children's book by Timo Parvela and illlustreted by Virpi Talvitie It is supposed to be a very special and almost philosophical book about time and making time for ones loved time.
I am always reading some kind of non-fiction. Today I will continue to read Børn i Grønland translated it would be Children in Greenland, and I will start on LEGO bogen original titel is 243658::The LEGO Book. It is written by Daniel Lipkowitz and is a book about LEGO

Apr 23, 2011, 6:26am Top

Well it is almost 8:30pm here and have made good headway through my books, am about half way through and finding that Captain Wentworths Diary is complementing Persuasion very nicely. Probably better than I was expecting.

Apr 23, 2011, 6:38am Top

There are so many great books already mentioned and this day is young! I won't be participating in the "Do Nothing But Read Day," but I will be watching the posts here. Thank you Maggs and Morphy for hosting this event! :)

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 11:27am Top

Captain Wentworth's diary eh? I've read Mr Darcy's diary by the same author and enjoyed that, although I prefer Mary Street's The confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy. Persuasion is my 2nd fave Austen after P&P.

(Blast! Today was meant to be about making the TBR pile smaller!)
*wanders off to Amazon muttering*

ETA: edited to fix touchstones (entirely my own fault LT can only find the book if you give it the right title!)

Apr 23, 2011, 6:57am Top

After a brief detour into The cooking of Germany (I'm planning Katerfisch for supper tonight), serious reading will start with My Hero by Tom Holt.

Apr 23, 2011, 7:19am Top

Gooooooooood mooooooooorning, Green Dragon!

One of the hostess with the mostest is up and ready to partner you through your reading day. Please put your feet and tray table in an upright position. Exits can be found at midnight local time. If there is a water landing, please lash your books together for a floating device.

If you suffer from readus interruptus, please refer the interrupter to the following:

I'm Reading a Book

Apr 23, 2011, 7:27am Top

7:30 AM in Syracuse, NY .... Didn't last long last night . . . My bed is too comfortable . . . So I'm just 4 chapters into dark descendant

Buis it is a perfect dreary, rainy day in Syracuse . . . Perfect, that is for reading! So now I am ensconced on the sofa with a bagel, coffee, a fire and the doggie is at my feet.

Enjoy everyone :)

Apr 23, 2011, 7:29am Top

Good morning readers!

Not at all sure how much reading I'll get in. I've got a friend's PC to fix and worse, a husband recently out of surgery who is still pretty miserable.

But whenever I get a chance, I'll be reading Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. I'm reading in Niceville, FL where it is humid and warm.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 7:41am Top

Vino, looks like Dark Descendant is an urban fantasy, my favorite genre. How is the series?

Pandora, can't wait to see what you read today!

Melanie, I tried Emma and got a few chapters in. I couldn't finish. I did audio. I might try reading it at some later point. I admire you for reading three such books so close together. I think it's brave of you to read a friend's book. It could go wrong in so many ways if you don't like it. Glad to hear that's not the case!

Vanye, I've heard good things about Sharon Kay Penman. Hope you enjoy it.

fairywings, I see Eddings is one of your favorite authors. I love his and Leigh's books, too! Have you read everything they wrote?

Citizenjoyce, The Tiger's Wife looks like a challenging book. Is it or does it flow nicely? Or maybe you enjoy chewy books?

Esta, I enjoyed Water for Elephants, you'll have to let us know if Ape House is just as good.

queen_ypolita, you are reading two quite different books. I like having a pile of books to read from so I can choose according to my mood. How big is your TBR pile?

Athabasca, I adored Changeless and really the entire series. However, I wish I spread them out a bit more as they became a bit repetitive. I doubt I would have noticed if I read them more spread out. I love Alexis and her umbrella.

calm, I love that you are reading so many books. I read Fingersmith by Waters and liked it. The Lollipop Shoes sounds like something I would like.

hfglen, I usually have never heard of any books you have read. I'll have you know this is very unusual for me!

LemonCrisis, Blood Music is on my ginormous TBR pile. Let us know if you like it.

trisweather, the Lego book sounds like fun. I have Cryptonomicon on my TBR Someday pile but I have to admit it makes me rather nervous. It seems like it would be a real slog to read.

majkia, sorry to hear your husband is having such pain troubles. I've had a pain-dealing husband myself due to oral surgery. I can't be hard to see someone you love in such pain. Hope you have a chance to enjoy some reading today.

Apr 23, 2011, 7:43am Top

What is on your TBR pile today?

Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
Mona Lisa Eclipsing by Sunny
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
The Royal Pain by MaryJanice Davidson
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Apr 23, 2011, 7:57am Top

Athabasca I agree with you about Austen, P&P is my fav also with Persuasion coming in second. I also recently finished Pamela Aidens Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman seris witch I enjoyed more than I expected, if you like the fan fiction books you might like to check them out too. An Assembly Such As This is the first one.

Morph sadly no I haven't read all thier books, Ellenium, Tumuli, Belgariad and Mallorean series only i'm afraid, of course with Belgarath and Polgara also.
What other's would you recommend?

Apr 23, 2011, 8:06am Top

Citizenjoyce, glad to hear you're enjoying The Tiger's Wife. l want to read it but have been a little scared by some recent reviews I've seen.

As I sip my coffee, I'm starting the graphic novel The Unwritten, volume 1. I have a ton of books in my TBR pile, so it depends on my mood as to what is next.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:08am Top

Lunchtime update for me: I'm about half-way into Unspeak and mostly enjoying it--at times the points have felt a bit laboured. And about 150 pages into A Cure for All Diseases and liking it so far. And Morphidae, my TBR pile is taller than I am, so I'll have plenty to choose from for next :)

Apr 23, 2011, 8:14am Top

Morph & LemonCrisis - Blood Music is one of my favorite books. No it is not perfect, but I love what Greg Bear does with it. Originally it was a short story and you can kinda tell, but overall I love the possibility of it. Enjoy LC.

Am going to re-read run by Douglas E. Winter to see whether it will remain part of my library or be kicked to the curb. It's been 10 years since it came out and I can't remember any of it.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:16am Top

Just after 1300 and I've finished Changeless. What a fun read! I had described the series as kinda Georgette Heyer meets Buffy, but it's really Amelia Peabody meets Buffy. How can you resist a book with lines like...

"I should hate to go to Scotland! It is such a barbaric place. It is practically Ireland!"

"Imagine if it got known that I had been knifed by a maid, a French maid, no less? Had I died, I should never have lived it down!"

"The dirigible came to rest as lightly as a butterfly on an egg, if the butterfly were to stumble a bit and list heavily to one side and the egg to take on the peculiar characteristics of Scotland in winter: more soggy and more gray than one would think possible"
(You should see the view from my window at the moment!)

Morphidae: I think I'll take your advice - one of the problems with books with very original ideas is that the author, I think, is loath to stray from them until they have explored the same themes over and over. It's not that there aren't quite a few other titles on the TBR pile!

Apr 23, 2011, 8:18am Top

Well, today hasn't had a brilliant start, I got stuck messing around with Librarything when really I just wanted to check out DNBRD thread! Still, I got started last night. In fact, I thought I'd start a book "just to check it out" but ended up reading the whole thing!
Reigning Cats and Dogs is a shocking, awkwardly brilliant book. Now, I'm on to Conversations with Olivier Messiaen, which I might be able to finish today, but I've got a great stack of other books to read too.
I might make a start on The Tin Man, which I known I'll enjoy, and since I've finished the Artamon trilogy by Sarah Ash, I might delve into another book (which starts a trilogy), The Baker's Boy.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:25am Top

Still reading The Lollipop Shoes and How the Irish Saved Civilization.

I've also wasted some time eating; playing silly computer games; answered the door to someone asking for directions (a very rare occurrence!); read some LT threads ...

Back to the books before thinking of lunch.

To answer Morphy's question ... if I finish either of the two books mentioned I have The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini or The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald lined up for my next fiction read and The Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft or Confucius's Analects for the next non-fiction choice. I've also got my latest ER offering in the to be read soon pile; a library book that I should really get to soon and if I don't fancy any of those I'll probably pick up some short stories or folk tales, myths or legends.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:39am Top

Okay. Here we go. Starting off with the last 80 pages or so of Mr. Chartwell, by Rebecca Hunt. It's a quiet story, but with strong intent and beguiling nuance.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:54am Top

Good Morning, Everyone! We are off to a great start! Thanks to Morphy you did not have to wait until past the middle of your day to hear from me.... It is early here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest corner of the US of A; I don't even know if the promised sunshine will arrive or not. I did get up and make my latte and feed my schnauzers at 5 am as is my habit these days. I hope your early morning non-negotiable chores went as easily.

What is on your TBR pile today? Let's see. I definitely will be reading The Game of Thrones as it is one of those books that grabbed me easily, and is keeping me very attached to characters and story. I don't know if I'll be able to put it down to get to the other titles I have awaiting.

Other books to read today (maybe) are: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot; Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. And then, if my mood dictates I may pick up The Nook Book by Barnes and Noble by Patrick Kanouse, or The Discovery of France by Graham Robb (this is my bathtub book, its paperback) and then, if I am really having trouble concentrating I might pick up How Not to be a Messie: The Ultimate Guide for the Neatness-Challenged by Sandra Felton.

There! That is a pile of a wide variety of subjects and styles and I think it will keep me happy for the day.

So, now I'm settling into my big comfy chair with footstool, next to my merry pellet stove and its little fire, with my homemade latte next to me. Dogs have both retired to their beds and are having their post-breakfast snooze. All is well, what better to do than READ.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:58am Top

Morphidae, dark descendant, so far is a decent read. This is the first in a new series by Jenna black. it is better than her YA glimmerglass trilogy.

Apr 23, 2011, 9:02am Top

It's 8 am in Minneapolis and I'm getting started with Mother Tongue, The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake, and City of Saints and Madmen. I'm re-reading all three of the Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone) in this tome so that I can get to the snippet from the fourth, never completed book, Titus Awakes. I already read all the critical essays in the tome ages ago.

Apr 23, 2011, 9:04am Top

Good morning! I'll only be able to toe-dip today, because of work this morning and two social commitments later on (ballgame and dinner out), but I'll be reading The Informationist and Eric Shanower's graphic novel version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the non-gn version of which was one of my favorite books as a kid.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 9:08am Top

good morning, lottpoet and jnwelch! Happy reading to you.

Here's a tid-bit to read:

"This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life."

Apr 23, 2011, 9:17am Top

It's just dawned on me that today is Shakespeare's Birthday, so Tom Holt may be delayed a bit by The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream or one or 2 sonnets in celebration. There may even be a fragment of Henry V in the near future.

(Morphy, I believe you may have heard of one or more of these ;-P )

Apr 23, 2011, 9:29am Top

fairywings, just those actually. I wouldn't recommend anything else by them. But those twenty-two books are just fine!

Tanglewood, welcome to Do Nothing But Read Day!

Bookmarque, I'll have to move Blood Music up my list then.

Athabasca, exactly. While it is amusing to read about Alexia smashing someone with her umbrella, for instance, she does it in every book!

gaidheal01, I have some Tanith Lee on my TBR list, but I've never heard of Reigning Cats and Dogs. Have you read other stuff by her?

calm, The Kite Runner is heavy emotionally, but a good solid read. I liked it.

maggie, *waves* hello co-host!

lottpoet, I have the Gormenghast books on several of my lists, I've been afraid to pick it up though because I wonder if they are too dense for me. I like "flowy" books.

hfglen, maybe, aren't those fantasy? Heh. Speaking of The Tempest. I just read a pretty good book called Prospero Lost which is a "sequel" to The Tempest.

Apr 23, 2011, 9:48am Top

It's 9:45am in SC. It's overcast and 52F, which is cold for here at this time of year. Perfect day to curl up on the couch with a book, a cup of tea, and my cats.

I am in the middle of The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo, so I will be finishing that first. I am really enjoying it.

I tried to pick a variety of genres for today and one random choice.I wandered the new book section of the library yesterday and picked up The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston. I know nothing about this book other than what I read on the flyleaf.

Other books on my TBR pile for today:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip
Victorian Technology by Herbert Sussman

Apr 23, 2011, 10:05am Top

morphidae: I have read no other Tanith Lee, and don't plan to for a while, I'll need time to get over that one!

Here is a lovely paragraph from the 'conversations with messaien' book I mentioned before:
"Manuel Rosenthal's wife, who is a singer and singing-teacher, had bought a superb Indian shama (a marvellous singing cage-bird); the shama sang all day long, and during lessons, excited by music in the next room, it redoubled its efforts, singing so well that the pupils were ashamed of their own voices: finally lessons couldn't be given because so much time was spent in listening to the bird and going into ecstasies over the brilliance of its talents..."

Apr 23, 2011, 10:07am Top

*waves back at Morphidae, across the space of time*

Hey, ealdthryth, perhaps you've gotten "our" weather. After many too many weeks of overcast (gray) and cold 30s and 40s, today is predicted to be clear (blue skies) and sunny and "warm" (relatively speaking) - maybe into the higher 50s. Yikes. I'm keeping my shades closed so I won't be tempted to go gardening.

It - oh, dear, interruption: dog is "tossing her cookies on living room carpet"


Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 10:17am Top

gaidheal01 - That is such a sweet quote. Can't you almost feel yourself in those rooms. I had to go to Amazon to find out what this book is about and the reviews there made me believe it should be very interesting. I presume you are a musician. Can you tell us a little more.....

I have been quite captivated by The Game of Thrones but I did find time to cook a little breakfast: soft egg with two pieces of toast. Mmmmm. I think I'll make a second latte and go back to reading.

Apr 23, 2011, 10:34am Top

10:30 in NYC (fed, showered and it's rainy out, so no distractions from reading!)
Planning to start by finishing The Patron Saint of Plagues - I'm about 1/2 way through and reading it has speeded up since the initial chapters (I've gotten used to their writing and character speech patterns!)

Apr 23, 2011, 10:44am Top

Well, it is 10:30 p.m. here, so I am going to go to bed, I think. When I get up in the morning it will still be Saturday in the US, so I will join in again and get more reading done. I am still going with my friend's book and not picking up Emma again at least for this project. I have definitely enjoyed this, not just the reading, but the discussion part. Here reading is not really appreciated and so I miss having good discussions with others on books. I will have to get involved in more discussion groups. Well, enjoy your reading.

Apr 23, 2011, 10:46am Top

It's now 12:40am Sunday for me and i've just finished Captain Wentworth's Diary.

Time to get some sleep. Goodnight everyone, I look forward to reading all your posts in the morning and seeing how everyone went :)

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 11:18am Top

Duplicate post

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 11:07am Top

I got confused and thought it was 'Do Nothing But Sleep Day.' ;o) So I didn't get up until 10:00. It's rainy, so just perfect for me to finish off an ER book, Miss Timmins' School for Girls and hopefully take a nice chunk out of our group read, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

(And the touchstones refuse to do their thing! I had to 'force' them.)

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 11:08am Top

1600 and at last the rain has stopped. Finished Mistborn and it was great. I will need to look out for the rest of the series. Now for some thread-reading; something to eat and a short break before trying to finish Oath of fealty.

ETA: edited to fix touchstones

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 12:21pm Top

Morphy, Mags - Thanks for looking out for us today. I'm feeling safe and secure and ready for a great ride. Very excited about this trip :o)

48 - Tanglewood, I almost grabbed Unwritten to read today, but I decided to get caught up with the Fables series before starting another. I've got several Jack of Fables on my pile for today. But I think Unwritten will be the next series I start.

51 - Athabasca, you've hooked me with those quotes from Changeless. It was already on my wishlist but books have been known to languish there. Now I'm going to have to go looking for it.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:15am Top

I'm reading Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich and I'm really enjoying it. The quality of these books range from just okay to great and this is one of the really good ones. I love laughing at her turns of phrase. The applicants for the job opening are the funniest part so far.

Dosko, welcome to the Green Dragon Do Nothing But Read Day!

sandragon, what are you reading today?

clam, good of you to finally join us! Ha! I'm still waiting to get The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from the library. I'm in 123rd place but they have 96 copies, so I'm hoping it won't be much longer.

What does everyone have for meals and snacks today?

I'm having Subway for lunch and I think I'll have some mini-pizzas for an afternoon snack (English muffin, spaghetti sauce, cheddar).

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 11:20am Top

#73 - I should start those threads soon, shouldn't I? Hope you get your copy soon, Morphy! I noticed it's out in paperback.

I'm just about to decide what I'm having for breakfast. (Just been enjoying my coffee, and listening to the dogs snore. The guys are both sleeping even later than I did!) I do know I'm making pizza for dinner. I just have to remember to get the dough in the bread machine by 4:00.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:22am Top

73 - Morphidae: I cooked chicken and broccoli last night to eat for lunch today. I have Famous Amos chocolate chip & pecan cookies and Fritos for snacks. I found some fabulous green tea with ginger and a touch of lime.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:36am Top

I finished How the Irish Saved Civilization - very readable. I'm about a third of the way through The Lollipop Shoes and will probably be reading from that on and off and I'll start Vindication of the Rights of Women sometime soon.

73 - For breakfast I had muesli and yoghurt; for lunch - mushroom omelette and bread and butter; snacks - a packet of crisps and some chocolate biscuits. I've been drinking coffee and Nettle and Mint herbal tea. Dinner will be pizza (unlike clam mine is from the freezer!) and salad and maybe a glass or two of wine (after the new Dr Who!).

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 12:47pm Top

So far this morning I've just been reading this thread. I think I'll have to stay away from other threads today if I want to get actual book reading done.

I'm going to ease into my day with the graphic novel Jack of Hearts, 2nd in the Jack series. Other books I've gathered to tempt me are:

Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
Shadow Conspiracy II, a collection of steampunk short stories, an ER book I've already started and will try to finish today.
Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff, a memoir about reading

I'll come back later to fix touchstones. Bah. First I need to make some tea. Genmai, to get this morning started.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 11:40am Top

#76 - OOOH! I loved The Lollipop Shoes!!! (Though it was titled 'The Girl With No Shadow' here for some reason I cannot fathom.) Enjoy!

Apr 23, 2011, 11:41am Top

#73 pickled fish, with brown bread to soak up the juice, for luch. Grabbed a cold hot-cross bun when I started. Coffee this afternoon. About to start making Katerfisch for supper.

Got far enough into My Hero that it's starting to make sense and turn into a good read.

For those who hadn't heard of my first read: Highliners is a photobook of American railroads, mostly steam locomotives, circa 1940. The minimal text is by Lucius Beebe, who had a memorably over-the-top column in Gourmet magazine in the early 1960s. I was intrigued to see a railroad book written by an uber-refined gourmet, hence the purchase. Later, I found on Wikipedia that Beebe was first a journalist, then a railroad historian and by all accounts a good one, and only in third place a food writer.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:43am Top

I've just had a late breakfast (sugary cereal--yum!) and am back to reading. I'm adding Tiptree Award Anthology 3 to the mix.

Morphidae, Mervyn Peake was a poet so the Gormenghast books are language-rich, although I wouldn't say it was excessive (I am a poet also so maybe am not a good judge of that). I originally read most of the second one to my little sister at bedtimes and they sound fabulous out loud. Besides the language what I liked about them was their strangeness (characters, situation, setting)--it's almost grotesque or absurd, but there's still emotional power.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:47am Top

Well, I finished The Unwritten: Book 1, which was very good. A bit bummed that I don't have book 2 to dive right into. I've also done my Kinect Your Shape Workout, so I can how happily munch away for the rest of the reading day. You can't escape me cheese enchilada corn cups!

>72 sandragon: Sandragon, funny that you mention that. My next read is Fables: Deluxe Edition, Book One. I also have on board Y: The Last Man The Deluxe Edition, Book One. I've heard so many good things about both of the series that I finally just caved.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:51am Top

calm ooooooooooo I didn't know Dr Who was on tonight until I saw your comment... I better get reading, there's only 1.25 hours left before it starts!

As for eats, I had various spreads (incl. homemade lemon curd) on homemade bread, and some muesli with yoghurt (only cos I haven't any milk). For lunch, more bread with some egg mayonnaise, and I'm not sure what dinner will consist of... possibly carrots+parsnip with a jar of Sharwoods korma sauce.

I wish I could continue reading until the US midnight (giving an extra five hours) but I've got to be up at eight tomorrow :( Still, it's for singing in an Easter morning service that will improve my bank balance by 25!

Apr 23, 2011, 11:56am Top

Eating today started with a salade chaude of green salad leaves, bacon and mushroom. Snacks have been fruit n nuts mostly and I am now going to have a Cornish pasty with chips (to kind of make up for being healthy the rest of the day!). Later on I am sure there will be wine - probably to celebrate the end of a very enjoyable day!

I've really being enjoying the posts and have added several books to my wishlist - so will need to do at least 3 more DNBR days to catch up! Like Gaidheal, I'll be bowing out earlier than the rest of you, so good reading!

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 12:10pm Top

Well, I decided to read until midnight my time before I stopped for the day. Tomorrow when I finish Death Along the Spirit Road, I think I will do Sara's Key, Juliet, The Lost Army of Cambyses, Last Secret of the Temple, and possibly The Godfather. I haven't decided yet if I want to buy The Godfather on my Kindle or not. If I don't like it I am stuck with it where a book I could pass to someone else. Impossible to find it here though.

As far as food I had Thosai for breakfast, home made bread with cheese, pickles, sour cream and onion chips for lunch, a new chicken recipe for dinner (can't remember the name-but it had green beans, tomatoes, coconut milk, chili peppers, garlic, bay leaves, and some other things ) with brown rice and ice cream with mint chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Oh and then for a late night snack the servants where I rent a room brought me a cake thing, jello thing (different from US), hard boiled egg, and 100 plus (energy drink). No idea why, but I tried it anyway.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 12:04pm Top

Sounds like everyone is having yummy eats today! I should be finishing up with Twelve Sharp in the next hour and will start Red Planet by Heinlein, I think.

I'm adding The Lollipop Shoes to Mount TBR.

ETA: Actually, added Chocolat instead as it's the first book.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 12:08pm Top

It's a lovely morning here, at 8:55 am it's 67 degrees and clear skies. Truly a perfect day for my neck of the (non) woods, but I wish I were with you in Scotland or Syracuse where it's raining. Love the rain.

Yes, Morphy, I do like a good chewy book, and am loving The Tiger's Wife - death, tigers, poetry quoting parrots, and, alas green mucus. Not a fan of the latter. A respiratory therapist once told me that the difference between a respiratory therapist and a nurse is that one doesn't mind dealing with mucus and the other doesn't mind s**t. Give me the s**t any ol' day.
One little quote from the book, the main character keeps telling people in a little village that she's a doctor. A man replies, "You keep saying that", Dure said, taking back his flask. "I'm a mechanic. Dubi over there is a welder. My uncle shovels s**t for a living." I do love that reply. OK, back to the book.

ETA: lottpoet, I gave the Tiptree Award Series 3 5 stars. There are such fascinating themes there, and it was the first place I encountered Aimee Bender.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 12:12pm Top

I am back....

Clamairy, so glad to see you up and about. Are the dogs awake yet? Mine have been both up and down to sleep some more. Ah, the life of a dog. Comfy sofas and easy meals. I have The Immortal Life on my pile but I am not too far into it yet. I'd be posting on the No Spoilers Thread if you were to start it, so no hurry for my sake.

ealdthyth - what an interesting screen name you have! If you feel up to telling us about it, I would be very interested. Also, your menu sounds very yummy. I should have planned better. I'm looking at cheese and crackers.

calm - I loved How the Irish Saved Civilization when I read it some time ago. I hope you are enjoying it, too. You, also, seem to have been very creatively successful at coming up with yummy food for today.

Sandragon - I know what you mean about reading threads, believe you me, I've been back and forth between threads and the book. But the books is so good!

hfglen - I am going to have to check out Highliners, it looks very interesting. People were so in love with the railroads when they were first being built, weren't they? I think the railroads in South Africa and in the American West have many common features.

lottpoeet - much poetry does so much better when read aloud, doesn't it.

Tanglewood - it is fun you are reading Fables along with Sandragon. All the better when you tell us what you think of them

gaidhead - yummy!

Ok, now I'm going to answer Morphy's question: What does everyone have for meals and snacks today? Well, as I said earlier I have some cheese and crackers ready for a snack, and I'm still drinking my morning coffee. I just raided the refrigerator and see I've got Udon noodles for later, going to eat a banana now, with some almonds, and drink some SoBe "lifewater" (no sugars). I may also have some turkey pepperoni with my cheese and crackers later. And so it will go until evening when I am hoping the filet minons have thawed and I'll broil one and have it with aspargras. Not too shabby.

Got to put the ham in the oven sometime today to cook it for tomorrow, or maybe I'll do it in the morning tomorrow. We shall see.

OK, I'm back to my book, banana, and vitamins. Happy Reading, everyone.

ooops, over posting... welcome, Citizenjoyce, and we are glad to see you reading this morning. We are sharing our blue, sunny day, I see. I am, for one, very glad for it.

Apr 23, 2011, 12:15pm Top

Just finished Blood Music and I loved it! It's what I'd call a 'beautiful' book - makes you think about what life is exactly, and the possibilities of mutation/evolution. Luckily as I'm a science student I understood the scientific terms, and I found a couple of sentences that I recognise from a song! I always wondered where the quote came from, and now I know =)

Pizza's in the oven so I'll stop for a nom nom break now. Not sure what to pick up next. I might scan through this thread again and pick something from what other people are reading. There's a few that I have on mount TBR.

Apr 23, 2011, 12:20pm Top

It's roughly a quarter after 9 in the morning in McMinnville, and I'm hitting of DNBR day by finishing Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion. Will probably head out to brunch around 10, so will check back then.

Apr 23, 2011, 12:39pm Top

It's 12:33 p.m. and gray and chilly here in upstate NY (per usual). Just finishing a ham and cheese omelet and multi-grain English muffin for breakfast. Have some yummy Chobani Greek yogurt for a snack but don't know about other meals: have to go shopping at some point.

I've been reading LT threads, but my goal for today is to get as far into Terra Incognita as I can, as it's due at the library in a day or two. It's the second in the series of mysteries set in Roman Britain and featuring a doctor--the series began with Medicus and I have the 3rd or 4th book, Caveat Emptor, as an ER book.

I've also begun The Name of the Wind and The Game of Thrones, both of which I'm eager to return to.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 12:48pm Top

81 - Tanglewood, Y: The Last Man was a good series as well, but it finished after 10 volumes and never answered 'why?' definitively. Drove me bonkers.

I loved the first Fables story arc. I don't like Jack so much, he's such an ass, but I like the storyline so far. I'll put up with him because I think this story line merges with the Fables story line in The Great Fables Crossover, which I've put on hold for now.

Haven't started my own reading yet this morning. I got blindsided with by Little J, because Big J had to go to the recycle centre and Little J really wanted to be home with me and then didn't know what to do with himself. So I read to him:

Maxine's Tree which I always have difficulty readling out loud because it makes my throat catch. I love this book
Little Monster Did It by Helen Cooper, one of our favourite picture book authors
Scaredy Squirrel which Little J likes to read with me because he's getting better at reading himself.

Apr 23, 2011, 12:51pm Top

glad you liked it LemonCrisis. Blood Music is one of my favorites. The whole idea of that kind of cellular intelligence and micro-scale is really interesting. I felt very sorry for the woman at the end who refused to join in. What a horrifying life she'll lead - alone, basically until she dies. She let her fear rule her and she'll pay for it unfortunately. But the way the rest of them live sounds really interesting.

Apr 23, 2011, 12:55pm Top

Just finished The Dashwood Sisters Tell All in time to break for some lunch. It wasn't exactly a retelling of Sense and Sensibility, but the two sisters were like Elinor and Marianne and there were lots of parallels. I loved the way the narration alternated between the two modern-day sisters. I liked the plot device of the Austen walking tour as a way for the two sisters to better understand their relationship. A satisfying read!

As to my screen name. Ealdthryth is an Anglo-Saxon name. There was an abbess in the early middle ages named Ealdthryth. I do medieval recreation and that's the name I picked. The whole name is Ealdthryth of Humberstone. The Humberstone comes from where I was born - the Humberstone area of Leicester, England.

Apr 23, 2011, 12:58pm Top

#79, hflglen - My husband is a big fan of railroads and trains. I will have to put Highliners on his wishlist.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:05pm Top

Emotional Awareness is coming along, another 11 pages or so down. Its 244 pages and I haven't broken 100 yet. Its a log of a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman, a scientist who does research on emotion. I'm hoping to finish it today, but we'll see what happens. Now I'm off to get a shower and food before more reading.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:08pm Top

So, I finished Twelve Sharp. It goes on the favorite Plum list. I've started up on Red Planet and it's going smoothly. It's not something I'd normally read but I'm going through Heinlein's bibliography and he wrote a lot of "boy" stories at this time.

I had a meatball sub and Cheetos for lunch with part of a coconut creme egg for dessert.

I've added Blood Music to my TBR Soon list.

DeusExLibrus, sounds like some heavy reading there! I like to do fluff reading for read-a-thons.

ejj, I was about to say I put The Name of the Wind aside for today, but it's actually The Shadow of the Wind. Shadow is a good book, but it's a little slow for my preferred fluffy read-a-thon self.

Do you have any reading companions today?

I have Maia, a four-year-old Shih-Tzu/Pomeranian cross who treats me like a piece of furniture. So, I have a warm lap while reading. Either that or a warm right hip as she snuggles up to me on the couch.

I also have my hand-servant, MrMorphy to bring me food and drink.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:21pm Top

I just finished A Cure for All Diseases; Dalziel and Pascoe novels are probably my favourite detective fiction series although I haven't been that into it the past few years (which I why I hadn't read this before now), but I liked this.

I'll read another chapter of Unspeak now, I think, before I'll have pizza for dinner.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:33pm Top

It's 4/23/11 morning here in Honolulu, HI. I just woke up and I've been reading the posts here and other posts on LT trying to find this thread. I will be finishing Intensity by Dean Koontz, then at 9:00 I have to go to the library, return some books and pick up some new. I will be listening to Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister when ever I'm not able to read (like on my way to the library, while eating or making food, or just when my sight goes blurry from too much reading).

Apr 23, 2011, 1:35pm Top

Joybee, I wasn't that impressed with the first Aisling Grey, You Slay Me how is the second going? I found all the spats annoying rather than amusing.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:37pm Top

#92 Bookmarque - Hmmm, maybe you should have a re-read of the ending! I don't know how long ago you read Blood Music, but that's not quite how it ends :3

#96 Morphidae - You do that ;) it's definitely a good read; quite a slim book too!

Ok, so it's 6.35pm now and I'm about to start The Poisonwood Bible, as I really should get another 1001 book crossed off the list. I'm glad to see everyone seems to be having a productive day!

Apr 23, 2011, 1:37pm Top

#94 Good luck! I've only ever seen one copy of it, and the add-to-your-library part of LT suggests to me that it went out of print fairly promptly after being published. However, it's well-produced and my copy has survived half a century of our warm and humid climate unscathed. And if you're prepared to be a bit flexible, wikipedia tells me he wrote no less than 30 books on railroads.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:40pm Top

Oooh, The Poisonwood Bible is a good one. You should enjoy it.

Apr 23, 2011, 1:55pm Top

I got a late start today 'cause I had to run errands. But now I am plunging into Polgara the Sorceress. I'll be sorry to see this series end. I'm curled up with my cat and a cuddly blanket.

Apr 23, 2011, 2:04pm Top

I'm about to start my official hour's read. The Tiger's Wife gets stranger and stranger. I'm about 1/2 way through and have absolutely no idea what to expect. Another quote: No one would guess that they did not even bury the unlucky blacksmith whose brain was eventually picked over by crows, and to whose carcass the tiger would return again and again, until he had learned something about the taste of man about the freshness of human meat, which was different now, in snow, than it had been in the heat of summer. Now she's in the present, in a town sparsely populated by damaged men. This would be such a good book club discussion book, I'll have to recommend it to mine.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 2:13pm Top

ah, I'm in the thick of the intrigue and medieval-like skulduggery of The Game of Thrones. So far, the book has a setting which is new and a bit different from real medieval stories, but the people, costumes, customs, government, and all are pretty much the same with excellent detail and very believable people. I am accompanied on this fine day of adventure with my trusty two "hounds" - both fast asleep, and worthless. I've eaten all my snacks so far, and am doing fine.

WhiteAcre, welcome. Better a late start than no start, at all. Hfglen, I think it would be fine if the only known three copies of this (out of print photography) book landed in the hands of we LibraryThingers. Wouldn't that be fine?

Welcome, Joybee and *waves* hi ya, Morphy, dear. I am glad to hear you are doing well in the "keeping Maia happy and comfy" department.

OK, all, back to the reading and I'll return in a couple of hours.

Apr 23, 2011, 2:18pm Top

It's 1:15 in MN and, since all my meals seem to be shifted (too busy reading), I just had my 'morning' snack of a chocolate coated granola bar. I also got these pop chips for snacking that are not all that I hoped they would be, but I'm sure I can find something in my pantry or fridge for afternoon snack.

I'm switching over my reading to Fluke which is my public transit/commuting book and some poetry, Red Suitcase.

Apr 23, 2011, 2:29pm Top

14:22 in New York, and just finished The Patron Saint of Plagues which I was surprised at how much I liked. Next up: a Casear salad, and possibly pie. mmm pie...
Going too continue clearing the decks, and finish a few short stories in Night Shivers, then move on to Music of the Spheres, which i have been avoiding. (started it, am 1/4 through it, but just not loving it. Need to clear the currently reading pile first, before beginning A Game of Thrones.)

Apr 23, 2011, 2:33pm Top

Hello all! I slept late, puttered with the cat, made a cup of tea. Now it is early afternoon. I have been working for a while on A Red Herring Without Mustard. My cat loves when I read all day. Now back to the kitchen to find food -- and more reading!

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 2:43pm Top

I'm taking a break to cook some lunch, noodles in soup with kimchee and an egg thrown in. Lots of kimchee because I bought a giant jar of it and used some before I noticed the best before date is sooner rather than later. My husband and the noisy monkies have gone out for a walk with our dog, so no companions at all at the moment.

2/3 of the way into Jack of Hearts. The first part was about Jack Frost which I enjoyed. This last part has only Jack and the Pathatic Fallacy (though he'd rather be called Gary, or Kenneth, he hasn't decided). I like Gary, but I wish there were more fable characters as well.

Morphy, I read a lot of Heinlein's boy adventure stories when I first discovered him, but I don't recognize Red Planet. I may have read it and I just don't remember it. They're all jumbled up now in my head, but I loved all the boys' stories way back when.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 2:56pm Top

I've had dinner and made a start on Mr Fortune's Maggot, which I picked because it's fairly short and I've been itching to read more Sylvia Townsend Warner after I finished The True Heart the other day, and I already had this in the TBR pile.

Apr 23, 2011, 3:06pm Top

Oh! Dear! I made a big mistake! I turned on the TV to watch while I eat a lunch of noodles, and asparagras...and found Julia Child cooking with Jacques Pepin! (Is that the right spelling?)

oh, my.

Apr 23, 2011, 3:09pm Top

I wasn't getting absorbed in Red Planet so I put it aside for now and started Mona Lisa Eclipsing which I am plowing through. I'll have it finished by the next time I post, I'm sure. I love the intensity and dark erotica.

WhiteAcre, I love Polgara. She and Belgareth are some of my favorite fictional characters.

lottpoet, I haven't read any Christopher Moore though I think I should. Have you read anything else by him?

reconditereader, I have the Flavia series in my TBR Someday pile.

sandragon, I had to look up kimchee. Ish. You put that in your mouth? Hee hee.

What is the FIRST book that comes to mind when I say, "Favorite Book?"

The first one that comes to my mind is The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey.

Apr 23, 2011, 3:09pm Top

*noon here in California: at 8:50 am I resumed reading at p.51. Finished "Ape House" at 11:57....It's 3 stars. (Most interesting moment when bonobo rescues and releases a tiny brown bird that had fallen into enclosure. The human beings in the book are a mixed up lot.)

Apr 23, 2011, 3:19pm Top

#105 Wonderful, maggie. I wonder how one of them got to Durban?

Apr 23, 2011, 3:27pm Top

#101, hflglen: I'll tell my husband about the author. He has lots of railroad books already, so I'm sure he will be flexible!

Apr 23, 2011, 3:31pm Top

#96: Morphidae, My reading companions today are my 4 cats. We have three torties and a tabby. Josie has alternated between lying in my lap and lying on a cushion beside me. Her sister Kiera is lying on the floor in the same room (not a lap cat). Aelfgifu (the 3rd tortie) is lying behind the couch, trying to soak up some warmth since the sun finally cameout. Ignatius, the tabby, wanders in and out.

Apr 23, 2011, 3:40pm Top

3:40 PM. Finished dark descendant, had some leftovers and a nap...my German shepherd is a great napping dog:) now I'm back on the sofa and ready to start tangled threads by Jennifer estep.

Apr 23, 2011, 3:47pm Top

I decided to go outside to read for the ~hour before Doctor Who, and on a whim took A river sutra, which has immediately captured my attention. Doctor Who was great! A good start to the second series.
Unfortunately, I now have to prepare some food. I tried to buy some yesterday, but my card decided not to work :( Also, a tad of heartburn for no discernable reason. Still, I must eat, and then try and finish Messaien's Conversations, and continue the River Sutra!

Apr 23, 2011, 3:49pm Top

About to start my official hour, continuing with Terra Incognita. Have been having trouble keeping my eyes open most of the day but will get some tea and yogurt to fortify me before continuing.

I think the first book that comes to mind when Morphy says favorite book is These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. Or maybe the Chanur series by C. J. Cherryh.

Apr 23, 2011, 3:56pm Top

Got some time to read and am following Michael as she tries to figure out how to locate a woman who disappeared in Namibia, in The Informationist.

Apr 23, 2011, 4:06pm Top

Well I've read some more of The Lollipop Shoes - which I'm loving; started the introduction of A Vindication of the Rights of Women; watched Dr Who - seems like a promising start to the new series; eaten ... now I'll probably watch TV and just dip into the books for the rest of the evening and do some more concentrated reading when I go to bed (my favourite place to read!)

gaidheal01 - I loved A River Sutra when I read it, nice choice:)

Clamairy - The Lollipop Shoes is going well. I've never understood why they need to change the titles.

Now to the questions - my reading companions today are my cats ... both when I was in bed this morning but only one in the living room, sometimes on my lap but most of the time she curls up on the sofa next to me.

I can never answer the favourite book question when it's asked it all depends on my mood and there are so many good ones out there that I would feel bad just naming one:)

I'll probably not check back here until tomorrow morning (UK time) though I will be reading more later.

Happy reading everybody - I look forward to seeing what everyone has been reading:)

Apr 23, 2011, 4:13pm Top

I read about 45 minutes over my allotted time because I couldn't stop reading in the middle of a fire, then I couldn't stop until the Deathless man finished his most recent episode. Lots of doctors in this part. Everyone drinks rakija, which sounds way too strong for me in spite of the fruit flavoring. I'm just about to have a bagel with peanut butter and locally made cherry spread and the last of my morning coffee (even though it's 1:10 pm). My 6 dogs are looking at me with pleading eyes, so maybe they have to have little rawhide snack too.

What is the FIRST book that comes to mind when I say, "Favorite Book?" I have to say Fingersmith because that's the last 5 star book I read. I saw the movie again last night. The first time I saw it I found it shocking and overwhelming, then I read the book. Now it seems so tame and incomplete.

Apr 23, 2011, 4:15pm Top

LemonCrisis- did Susie give in? I can't remember. It's been years. I just remember her as stupid with fear.

Anyway...I'm at the revenge-ass-kicking part of run. Not that you can really tell with this non-stop violence and killing. It's like a Luc Besson movie.

Apr 23, 2011, 4:17pm Top

I am back, again, and loving this fine day. I had some lunch sitting outside, in the sun!!!! OMG, I'd almost forgotten how good it feels to be sitting in the sun. It has been probably since last September that it has been both sunny and warm enough to sit outside for any length of time.

Oh, I loved reading on a sunny day, with cats, back when I had cats. They seem to know how to lie around in lazy fashion better than any other pet species. Ealdthryth, I envy your four. It will be a while before I have another kitty as one of my schnauzers takes her "chasing varmits" role very seriously and I don't know if she could be trained to leave kittens alone. Esta! Good to see you. The bonobo rescuing the bird is quite an image. Vinofonseca, my dogs love naps, too. But it is so hard to read with them curled around me...makes me go right to sleep. Gaidheal01, I hope you were able to eat, and that you feel better. I hate heart burn so much. Ejj1955, Hi! Nice to see you, too. I hope you are having a great day reading. Jnwelch and calm, on we go, eh? Reading, reading, reading. I love it. I know it is the end of the day for some of us, but the rest...carry on. It is just early afternoon here so I'll be around for quite a little bit longer.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 4:25pm Top

Mmmm. Spicey Korean pickled cabbage. Yum yum yum. Much better than what a certain character was putting into her mouth in Jack of Hearts. And she wasn't even a zombie. Ewwww.

Favorite book brings to mind Robin McKinley, but I can't narrow it down. Suddenly all her books are jumping to the front of my mind saying "Me! Me!"

I've got some fresh Genmai in my mug and I'm going to finish up another story or two from Shadow Cconspiracy II.

Apr 23, 2011, 4:21pm Top

I'm following everyone's posts and adding to my list. Even though I'm not reading all day, I did manage to finish two books today! With my recent reading pace, that's amazing! :)

Read On!

Apr 23, 2011, 4:21pm Top

oh, oh...I forgot My Favorite Book probably is The Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber, but I also love his book Grace and Grit which is the story of his love for his wife, and their battle against her cancer. It is the inspiring story of real deep spirituality in battle against the tragedy of cancer. Touchstones are not working, darn it.

Apr 23, 2011, 4:43pm Top

127> My favorite Wilber works are definitely Integral Spirituality and Integral Psychology. Haven't read either of the books you mentioned.

Apr 23, 2011, 4:50pm Top

So, there was food coma and then a nap, but since I'm not working tomorrow, I'm extending the reading thing.

I forgot how delightful and difficult Eco is to read the first time through. woof. Work. Reading is work. Not even learning-intended reading is work. Time to make rice for leftover chicken curry a la Mama.


Apr 23, 2011, 5:07pm Top

finished one book, took nap, interrupted by horrible banging noise from pipes. The plumber has come to the unit next door to do ... something.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:09pm Top

Just got up from a nap with the cats. Wow, I really zonked out.

Favorite book? The Odyssesy or The Scarlet Letter. But I love you too, A Little Princess!

Apr 23, 2011, 5:16pm Top

I finished Miss Timmons! Yay! Now I'll be putting together the pizzas. (One big turkey pepperoni for the boys, one small olive & caper for myself.)

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 5:34pm Top

Morphidae, the second book, Fire Me Up, so far seems to be pretty similar to the first, You Slay Me. I agree with you about the annoyingness but I really love the demon character Jim, I just want to give him a big hug. I am only listening to it b/c I can download it from netlibrary, and it's an easy book to listen to (light and enough action and romance to keep my attention...my mind has a tendency to wander when I listen to a book)while not being hard to put down.

Favorite book: Where the Red Fern Grows. I read this book over and over, have been reading it since I was a kid, and it still makes me cry.

Ok so I went to the library to return old, and pick up new books; made and ate breakfast (bacon, homemade English muffins with cream cheese, and strawberries...yum) all while listening to fire me up, I am only about 1 hour into it, but it's an easy listen and also not difficult to turn off while I read my first new library book Faefever. I also have The Sea of Monsters, Cold Granite and Fear Nothing. We will see how far I get.

Keep reading everyone.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 5:23pm Top

I finished scarfing down Mona Lisa Eclipsing and have gone back to Red Planet which is picking up considerably.

GeorgiaDawn, well, what two books did you read, silly? Tell us!

WaxPoetic, I know that some people like books that are "work," but I'm not one of them. I like my books relatively fluffy. Food coma made me chuckle. Been there, done that.

reconditereader, hope the noise has quieted down.

Tanglewood, I liked the book The Secret Garden more than A Little Princess but prefer the movies the other way around.

How big is your TBR pile?

It depends on what you count as TBR. My current pile of actual books is about 32 including mostly library books. However, if you count all the books in my TBR database, it numbers in the thousands.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:22pm Top

17:20 NYC, still rainy. And I have improved my reading with a judicious cup of tea. About to finish Night Shivers, and move on to the oft dreaded Music of the Spheres.

My favourite book? I have to choose just one? I'm torn between Howl's Moving Castle and The Magician's Nephew, though Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings+The Hobbit gives everything a serious run for the money.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:24pm Top

As far as choosing just one "favorite" book, that's why I put in the qualifier "the first that comes to mind." I couldn't name just one either!

Apr 23, 2011, 5:27pm Top

*waves hello to everyone*

Just getting started here now, it's just after 2:00pm in sunny Southern California. I have my chair ready, my drink handy, and just about to finish my first book for the day The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson... almost don't want it to end! But, I gotta know how it finishes so, off to go find out! :O)

I'll be back soon to update my progress and list off my next victims, er, books for the day.

*BIG HUGS for Morphy & Maggie*. You two are so wonderful for hosting this! :O)

Much Bliss & Purrs,

Apr 23, 2011, 5:31pm Top

OOoh, Pandora, I was so sad when I finished Hornet's Nest as I knew I wouldn't ever get to read more about the characters. Ah well.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:31pm Top

#134 - Morphy - hahaha!

I finished Echo by Jack McDevitt and WWW.Watch by Robert J. Sawyer. I started WWW.Wonder by Sawyer, but RL called.

(silly touchstones not working properly)

Apr 23, 2011, 5:32pm Top

#123 Bookmarque - She got a second chance a bit later on. I face-palmed when she got left behind the first time, the silly girl :3

#131 Tanglewood - I read The Scarlet Letter a few weeks ago and was surprised that I actually quite enjoyed it.

I'm going to finish up for the night now. One book read today and I'm part way into another - not bad!

I don't usually pick a single favourite book, but the one that pops into my head the most when someone says 'favourite' is First and Only. I loooooooooove this book (as well as the rest in the series). Military/dark Sci-Fi at it's best, in my humble opinion. The characterisation throughout the series is immense. I'll stop there before I start raving!

Thanks to Maggie & Morphidae for hosting the thread, this was good fun! I might carry it on through tomorrow just for giggles, and to see how much I can read in a weekend :P

Apr 23, 2011, 5:36pm Top

I finished Unspeak, and am about to call it a day. It might not be later than 10.35PM but I'm feeling sleep will win the moment I put my laptop down, even if I'm still sitting up, but it's been a great day of reading and occasionally checking back here what everyone else is reading.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:37pm Top

Good night, queen_ypolita. Hope you had a great reading day!

Apr 23, 2011, 5:44pm Top

It's around 2:30 here in Oregon. I'm just now getting to DNBR day. I did read when I worked out this morning, rode the stationary bike. And then finished that book when I went and got my snow tires taken off (not studded tires). The book I read was pretty bad. The title is Annadyomene and was written by a teenager. One can tell by the writing. It's pretty poor. The author started writing it when she was twelve. It's not much better than what I get out of the kids at school. It's an advanced reader edition. I don't even know if it's published yet.

After getting my tires switched I decided to wash the car and get all the snow gunk off of it. This is the first real spring day we've had here in central OR and I needed to take advantage. Husband has hurt his back so I'll be able to spend the rest of the day reading. Taking time out to watch Dr. Who tonight. New season!! I don't enjoy Matt Smith as well as David Tenent (how does he spell his name?) but I still enjoy the show. :)

So now I need to go upstairs and see what's in my TBR pile. If I can't find anything worthy, I'll visit the library online or the e-reader store. I could use a Stephanie Plum fix. :)

Apr 23, 2011, 5:46pm Top

Still going strong here. Plumber fixed things. My TBR pile has about 50 books in it, so next I'm going to work on finishing off the DAW 30th Anniversary Fantasy Anthology, which I've been off-and-onning for a while.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:55pm Top

>137 PandorasRequiem: I really enjoyed the ending of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, though also am so sorry there won't be more from this author. And that he didn't live to see his success. But there's plenty of satisfaction at the end of that book!

Need to take a break for a few hours for a social commitment, but will be reading later and far into the night, with of course the obligatory break for the new Doctor Who.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:57pm Top

catzteach, I read a Plum today - number 12. What number are you up to?

reconditereader, I read that back in 2009 and gave it 7 out of 10 stars.

Apr 23, 2011, 5:57pm Top

ok. finished run - I feel like I need an anti-depressant. Not sure what to read now. Something happy or I'll have to run a bath and bring a razor.

Apr 23, 2011, 6:05pm Top

Took a longer break than intended to eat and talk to hubby. Sat outside on the front in the sun for a while (after I wiped all the pollen from the chairs!). The Witch's Daughter is going much slower than The Dashwood Sisters Tell All. It's interesting, but I am considering switching to something that moves a bit faster.

Apr 23, 2011, 6:10pm Top

#133, Joybee, I have listened to all the Aisling Grey novels and enjoyed them. I like fluffy, light listening in the car on my commute and these fit the bill. I love the wacky humor. Jim is a great character.

Apr 23, 2011, 6:13pm Top

Now 3:07 pm. Did lunch, mail, checked neighbor, played Scrabble with Victor AND re-read final chapter of "Tulku," by Peter Dickinson. . . a beautiful book. Will squeeze more last chapters in between swimming and dinner.

Apr 23, 2011, 6:15pm Top

My TBR list is about 130, but it grows every week. I don't think I will ever catch up.

My all-time favorite book is Dune although I really loved the Chanur series by Cherryh. A more recent favorite is the Arcane Society series by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle. I like how she is interweaving her three subgenres.

Apr 23, 2011, 6:17pm Top

DoskoiPanda - Aren't rainy days the best for reading? It is so sunny and warm here I actually broke out the lawn mower and started to cut the long, long grass. I had to as tomorrow is predicted to be rainy, again. Yikes.

Hi PandorasRequim - glad you could make it. I know how you feel as you finish that threesome of good books. But you know what the answer is .... moving on, moving on.... there are more good books awaiting just around the corner.

You are welcome, by the way, to my newbie hosting skills. I am so glad Morphidae offered to co-host so the job is well done.

GeorgiaDawn, isn't it funny how often RL interferes with our reading! Dang.

LemonCrisis - I hope you do keep on reading. After all that is what it is all about, right? Enjoy. And you are very welcome to our hosting efforts. It has been fun.

QueenY_polita, good night and thanks for participating. I am glad you had a good time.

katzteach - hasn't the weather been just too nice today. We so deserve this warmth and sunshine. I am so sad it may not last through tomorrow. All those Easter Egg hunts...in the rain, dang.

reconditereader: You seem quite capable of reading your way through all sorts of distractions. Good job!

ejj1955 - Good job, to you, too! Enjoy your social life, too. Thanks for participating.

Bookmarque! Get yourself something light and fun, right Now! Or eat something sinfully delightful. Do whatever it takes to bounce back. No bath for you today!

Morphidae: As usual, thank you, thank you. As you know my TBR piles go on and on in my house and I am loath to even consider counting how many there are. Lots. Let's just say that: Lots.

See you guys later.

Apr 23, 2011, 6:19pm Top

#146 Morphy - I have only read the first Stephanie Plum, and I was underwhelmed. My RL friend assures me that they get better and to try to next few. She said that Ranger is hers and that I should not get attached to him.

So, should I give the second one a try?

Apr 23, 2011, 6:30pm Top

Maggie - rainy days and snowy days are the best for reading - there's no guilt for settling in with a good book when it's all wet outside. not even worth doing laundry as it takes longer to dry!
Also, you're both doing excellent jobs as hosts! Cheers!

Apr 23, 2011, 6:34pm Top

GeorgiaDawn, I'd give one more a try. If you don't care for it either then the series probably isn't for you as it's just more of the same.

Apr 23, 2011, 6:42pm Top

What is the FIRST book that comes to mind when I say, "Favorite Book?"

I would have to say Pride and Prejudice, I like many books but this one I re-read every 6-12 months.

Apr 23, 2011, 7:18pm Top

Going to cram some more reading in before I take time out to think about dinner. I'm going to try getting back into Bleak House. It was my first Dickens outside of school and I was surprised how much fun it was. I picked that one because I was completely addicted to the mini-series they did a few years ago with Gillian Anderson. It was a library book and although I was enjoying it I was reading it very slowly. I ran out of renewals and had to get my own copy through bookmooch. But by then I'd moved on to other books.

Morphidae, Fluke is my very first Christopher Moore and I don't know what I think about it. I have a feeling I might give up soon (I'm almost half-way through). It's a perfectly fine, well-written book but I don't think it's for me. I do wonder how typical this book is of his work (whether it's that this book is not for me rather than his books are not for me).

The first book I thought of when asked about favorites was Sunshine by Robin McKinley, but that's because I was mentioning it to someone this week, that and Vellum by Hal Duncan (although that is the first part of duology and I've only read the first book so far).

I have more than 400 physical books in my apartment that I have not read yet but intend to at some point. I only know this because librarything is kind enough to count them up for me. My tbr spreadsheets probably include double that number more.

Apr 23, 2011, 7:20pm Top

I'm another P & P guy for "favorite" book. The sheer wit of it always gets me, and I'm a sucker for the Elizabeth- Darcy confrontations and ultimate resolution.

I'm also a Stephanie Plum fan. I've read all the numbers, but not all the in-betweens. The quality can go up and down a bit, but they always make me laugh.

Finally got some front porch time to read on a warm day in Chicago - first we've had in a while. I'm now a good ways into The Informationist and liking it more and more.

Now we're off to a new Italian restaurant that supposedly has a hot young chef - sorry, not Ranger hot, as far as I know, just highly skilled.

Apr 23, 2011, 7:22pm Top

Finished the short stories I was reading. Uneven, as many collections are. I have plenty of books to be read before my birthday arrives and I get more! The cat is more than happy to sit on me for as long as it takes... (I had to pause to eat soup.)

Apr 23, 2011, 7:24pm Top

I finished Red Planet and the second half was much more interesting than the first half. Parts of it hinted at the Martians we hear more about in Stranger in a Strange Land.

I'm about to start The Royal Pain. Davidson is about as fluffy as you can get when it comes to writers. It will be a good end to the day.

Dinner tonight is what we call goulash. It's spaghetti with rotini pasta though my mom used to make it with medium shells.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 7:36pm Top

I think my day of reading is pretty much done now because the Bruins game then Doctor Who will take up most of my evening. I started between 9 and 10 AM and read until 5:30 or so. I finished all four Catwings books and both Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 23 and Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 24, plus I read 80 pages in Valor's Trial, so I had a very successful day of reading. My cat Stuart cuddled with me all day and he has now followed me into the living room and continues to cuddle with me now.

I ate my usual snacks today: crackers, yogurt, and string cheese.

If I have to name just one favorite book, it's Weaveworld by Clive Barker but I have a whole pile of favorites.

My TBR pile is so big that it if it really was physically piled up and fell over, it could seriously injure or kill me (over 1000 unread books in my collection). But my immediate TBR is maybe 20 books.

Apr 23, 2011, 7:37pm Top

Favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird, no question about it.

Next in line is Ender's Game.

Pride and Prejudice is probably next.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 7:44pm Top

Morph, I don't remember. It's been a year since I read one. I think I'm up to 7.

Maggie, so nice today!! We had snow just a few days ago. I think tomorrow is going to be icky. We were planning on bbqing baby back ribs. We'll still grill them, we'll just eat inside.

I'm reading an early reviewers book: Evil Genius. It's an OK read so far. Taking a bit of a break to get a new load of laundry going. :)

Apr 23, 2011, 7:48pm Top

My TBR list just grew by a dozen books while reading this thread. I haven't spent as much time as I had hoped reading today but the day's not over yet! Plus one of the cats tried to help by resting on my lap and there went an hour of reading time before I woke up. I made good progress in Russian Winter. I hope it continues as well as it has begun. Also moved along with Emma, The Outstretched Shadow and A Discovery of Witches.

Chicken breasts stuffed with herbed chevre served with an asparagus and tomato salad are what's for dinner.

Apr 23, 2011, 7:50pm Top

I'm calling it a day, though only through necessity, as I must rise at the seventh hour on the morrow.
Completed: 3/4 of Messaien's conversations, and half of River Sutra. I allow myself last night's accidental completion of Reigning Cats and Dogs, and I intend to continue my reading tomorrow! I've really enjoyed being part of this, it has reawakened my joy of reading :)
I've also enjoyed reading other comments on this thread, and expect I'll return to Librarything more often. Also, I'm planning on heading to an area in Birmingham with charity shops this week, maybe getting a couple of shirts or whatever, but mainly for the books, of course!

Apr 23, 2011, 7:56pm Top

It's a lovely Sunday morning here, just finished Persuasion and now about to have some breakfast, think i'll continue reading and checking in here today too.

#164:jtlauderdale what do you think of A Discovery of Witches? I keep looking at it and then putting it down in favour of something else at the bookshop.

I have about 5 or 6 books i've started reading over the last year only to find something more interesting to take me away, so including those in my TBR I would have to say there is around 100 books on my list.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:01pm Top

I started reading The Year of Pleasures at midnight and only lasted about 45 minutes. When I woke up I read for another hour and a half (with my dogs Captain and Caprica), then went to meet a LibraryThing friend in real life! Great guy!

Now that I'm home again I'll get back to my book while we drain our pool. Time to get ready for summer!

Also I had some Hungry Howie's to eat.

I love seeing what everyone's been reading today. I see a lot of good books on this thread.

Morphidae - I loved Chocolat and The Girl with No Shadow aka Lollipop Shoes! I hope you enjoy them too.

Also I can't remember who said they were waiting at their library for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but it's worth the wait!

Apr 23, 2011, 8:06pm Top

Pizza was yummy. :o)
Going to try to finish off Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?, my bathroom read, before I start Henrietta Lack.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:06pm Top

147 - Note to self - Stay away from Run. Is depressing.
Bookmarque, did you decide to keep it or Kick it to the Curb?

163 - Catzteach - I also have Evil Genius to read and review. Hope it stays good, or becomes great, for you.

162 - To Kill a Mockingbird is also one of my all time favourite books. It's so hard to choose a #1. I think McKinley must have popped into my head because I was thinking about reading Spindle's End today. Speaking of which, I think I have over 400 tbr on my shelves. Yikes! Some of those are my 10yo's that I want to read, but mostly they are mine.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 8:09pm Top

Oh, I have had so much fun today! Woo hoo! GeorgiaDawn, I am so glad you were able to stop by and say hello a couple few times today! DoskoiPanda, Yup, reading with no guilt is the best. Thank you for your compliments. It means a lot to me that you are enjoying our DNBR day. Fairywings, Wow you are still with us. That is great. I hope you've enjoyed your reading and I am glad you were able to join us, early and on through until now. Lottpoet, that is some big TBR pile. I may just have to tag my Owned, but unread books, soon so I can actually have a number in my mind. I know it is greater than the months and years I have left to live, especially since I know I will not stop acquiring additional books. Sick, just sick, am I.

Morphidae, once again thanks for being a good friend, an awesome co-host, and an inspiring and interesting reader.

Quaisior, Please do not stand next to your TBR piles. I really, really don't want to hear about death or serious injury due to a falling tower of books, and your cat might be hurt, too. I am happy you were able to join us and had a productive day of reading.

Katzteach, I know, I know! I love this little corner of the world but I really did get tired of the winter weather this year. Usually we get a break in Feb. but that did not happen, at all, this year. Please, please let spring happen now! I did get the little yard mowed and I have some dog mess to clean up and a little week wacking left to do, but I've really enjoyed the weather today as well as the reading. Windows are wide open right now to let the evening's breeze in, and to hear the birds. Bliss.

jtlauderdale, I want your dinner. I am glad you were able to make good progress today, and also spend some quality time with your cat. Gaidheal01, bye bye. Sounds like you had a good day and I hope we will see you in the threads as the year progresses. Thank you for participating.

OK, back to my book.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 8:15pm Top

Oh yeah. My update. I'm keeping on with the steampunk short stories. Three more in the anthology. But now I'm outside. J dragged one of the armchairs out to the deck and ordered me out to enjoy some sunshine. Our dog Loki was lying in the sun beside me but I think she's gone into the yard to lie down on some shaded grass.

Apr 23, 2011, 8:22pm Top

138: Morphy
"OOoh, Pandora, I was so sad when I finished Hornet's Nest as I knew I wouldn't ever get to read more about the characters."

My thoughts exactly! I just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, and am now desultorarily glancing around my library trying to find something to cheer me up. I miss Salander already! :(

However as ejj said in #145, there was plenty of satisfaction in the ending; and thank the gods for that! Can't stand endings without closure.

Alright, going back to trying to decide which book to pounce upon next. So far, there are three I am sizing up:

A Graveyard For Lunatics by Ray Bradbury
It Happened In Boston? by Russell H. Greenan
and Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Haven't read any of those 3, and I'm too depressed to try and tackle my ER books on my TBR pile. So, have any of you read those 3? Opinions welcome! :O)

Apr 23, 2011, 8:35pm Top

#172, PandorasRequiem - I have listened to Maximum Ride and at least one of the sequels. They were fun action stories for car listening.

Edited: Apr 23, 2011, 8:39pm Top

Switched to The Maze Runner over dinner. It's moving much faster than The Witch's Daughter.

Apr 23, 2011, 9:12pm Top

It is 9:00a.m. here on Sunday morning. Since it is Saturday evening back in the US where I am from I am going to continue reading until it is midnight there. I am continuing on with Death Along the Spirit Road.

Apr 23, 2011, 9:28pm Top

I just finished The Royal Pain and it was a fun romp to end my reading day. I'm off to bed.

I've read four books today.

Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
Mona Lisa Eclipsing by Sunny
Red Planet by Robert Heinlein
The Royal Pain by MaryJanice Davidson

They were all fun but my favorite was Mona Lisa Eclipsing.

It was so much fun hosting today. Perhaps we'll do another one in the fall.

Good Reading, all!

Apr 23, 2011, 9:37pm Top

It has been fun! Haven't gotten to read quite as much as I'd like, but I finished off a second book that was sitting around with a bookmark in it, so I am happy. Will start Henrietta momentarily.

Apr 23, 2011, 9:44pm Top

Great read-a-thon, thanks to you lovely hostesses. I finished The Tiger's Wife and gave it 5 stars. What a great read. But now my tummy is rumbling and my eyes are crossing. No more reading for me today.

Apr 23, 2011, 9:52pm Top

For maggie,

All of us!

Apr 23, 2011, 10:09pm Top

ah, thank you so much. But truly Morphidae was a huge help, just as I was beginning to wonder what on earth I had gotten myself into, as the numbers of readers kept creeping up and up, she rides in on a charger and rescues me, by offering to help be the Hostesses with the Mostesses. Thank you so much Morph-the-Great-Reader. (You can't tell I'm reading medieval advernture, can you?)

So, it is early evening here, the sun will not set for another hour or so, the birds are settling down and are not so loudly singing, and the dogs have had their dinners, and their after dinner walk. So, I'll not plan on another posting here by me, I'll let you each finish as you will, and when you will. I am back to The Game of Thrones and as I am on p. 501 of 786 you can see I am near the end games.

Thank you all, those who posted and those who just read, for your participation. A world wide reading party it was. I am proud we all had a good time; and, as Morphy suggested, perhaps we will do it again in the fall.

Back to my book....

Apr 23, 2011, 10:13pm Top

Still having a hard time deciding which book to read next. So until I decide officially, in a very Pandoraish way, I am dipping in & out of several...

In other words, my bed is absolutely covered with books of all shapes, subjects and sizes. They are all looking up at me very persuasively and saying, "PICK ME! PICK ME!" So for now I am picking ALL of them (wouldn't want to offend any of them!), and reading a page of this one, a paragraph of that one.

For the moment I have my nose in Legend: The Life and Death of Marilyn Monroe by Fred Lawrence Guiles; one of my In-Between-Books as I always seem to pick it up when in between readings of others. :O)

Apr 23, 2011, 10:21pm Top

Well, then:

For Morphy,

All of Us, Again.

Apr 23, 2011, 10:24pm Top

Decided it's time to read some YA and picked up A Rose For The ANZAC Boys since tomorrow is ANZAC day here in Australia, but only a few pages in was overcome with the emotion of it, which seems to be the norm for this time of year and have decided it is too heavy with meaning and not light or fluffy enough for today.

Time to look into Coraline and see if that grabs me enough for today.

Thank you maggie and morph for doing such a fantastic job with this readathon, I will be looking in on GD a lot more faithfully now than I have in the past:)

Apr 23, 2011, 10:53pm Top

Thank you both for hosting. This was fun. I hope to participate more next time.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:10pm Top

Thanks maggie1944 and Morphidae for hosting. I haven't participated in anything like this before. It was a lot of fun. If you have one again in the fall, I'll be in!

Apr 23, 2011, 11:17pm Top

I'm done for the day. I'm going to get a late dinner, watch a little tv and head to bed.

The reading I enjoyed most was getting back into Bleak House and a short story by Margo Lanagan ("Wooden Bride") in The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3.

This was a really fun day. I'm surprised such a thing never occurred to me before.

Good Night.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:20pm Top

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Apr 23, 2011, 11:32pm Top

thanks for hosting. It is now sunday 01.30am in Nuuk. Unfortunately life got in the way of me reading all day saturday, so I will try again today.

Apr 23, 2011, 11:40pm Top

I'll add my thanks to Maggie and Morphy for excellent hosting.

I've done my social thing, went to the grocery store, came home and made pizza that I'm consuming happily if not without guilt, and am waiting for Doctor Who to start. After which I'll get in a few more hours of reading, which I definitely need as I don't read nearly as fast as many of you do!

Apr 23, 2011, 11:41pm Top

Finished off the third Jack of Fables, The Bad Prince. Had me laughing out loud through most of it. Now back to steampunk short stories for the rest of the evening.

Thanks again for being such wonderful hosts, Maggie and Morphy. Looking forward to doing this again.

Night folks.

Apr 24, 2011, 12:36am Top

Thanks, Maggie and Morphy. That was fun. It's Sunday noon, here, now. Didn't finish my book- in fact I got distracted and didn't read much more than I normally do on a Saturday. But it was a worthy goal.

When's the next Read-a-thon?

Apr 24, 2011, 12:46am Top

What a good time was had by all! (I skimmed thru "The Horse's Mouth" by Joyce Carey just before we watched the film tonight.) A thousand thanks for carrying us all along, M & M.

Apr 24, 2011, 2:39am Top

Well it's only 8:30pm (4/23/11) here in Honolulu, is anyone else still reading? I finished Faefever and while it was a fun book that kept my interest I threw it a cross the room when I finished...I really hate cliff hanger endings.

I am going to start Cold Granite now.

Apr 24, 2011, 3:44am Top

*sleepy yawn*

Off to the Dreamworld, myself. Didn't get nearly as much reading done as I had hoped (or planned), but there's always tomorrow! :O)

Thanks again, Morph & Maggs for hosting this!

Much Bliss & Purrs,

P.S. I ended up deciding upon Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand in the end, in case anyone was curious. :)

Apr 24, 2011, 3:52am Top

I'm calling it a night too. Although I will listen to more of fire me up before I go to sleep (it's only 10:00pm in HI). I'm just having trouble keeping my eyes open and focused. I have read for over 12 hrs.

Thanks Morph and Maggs. This was a lot of fun, can't wait till the next one.

Apr 24, 2011, 3:58am Top

Thank you, Maggie and Morphy!

Finished My hero last night, got to bed late.

Companions: various, from a cast of 3 cats, 1 dog and fambly.

Favouite book: impossible to say for sure. There are so many good ones.

Apr 24, 2011, 5:16am Top

Thank you to Maggie and Morphy!


A great co-hosted DNBR day:)

It has been great to see so many people reading around the world. Some interesting titles to investigate and nice to see some familiar books that I have enjoyed in the past.

DNBR summary -

Completed two books (both started before DNBR) - Affinity by Sarah Waters and How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill. I also read the majority of The Lollipop Shoes during the day and even though I didn't manage to finish last night, I did complete it this morning - I really liked it. I'm still reading the introduction of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, interesting but probably not the light reading needed at the end of a day of reading (though I did take a lot of breaks).

Apr 24, 2011, 7:15am Top

Thanks to Maggie and Morphidae for a great job hosting!

I ended up finishing two graphic novels Unwritten and Fables, Book One, as well as A Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which I'd been reading before. I greatly enjoyed all my reads and everyone's posts.

Apr 24, 2011, 9:08am Top

And, now, I believe we can declare: SUCCESS WAS HAD BY ALL! Woo hoo

Next one.... maybe in the Autumn months of the Northern Hemisphere, which is then the Spring months of the Southern. Let's keep it World-Wide.

Apr 24, 2011, 9:10am Top

I'm thinking mid-September to mid-October somewhere.

Apr 24, 2011, 9:47am Top

I'm here! I was very busy yesterday, unfortunately. But, I did get the last two hundred pages in The Eye of the World done! Which is a huge accomplish for me! Then when I got back, oh look at that, it's Easter Vigil. That lasted for two hours and then, it was late, late, late. I see everyone had fun, and that's great!

Apr 24, 2011, 11:07am Top

And it is so good to see you here, DF, and glad you were able to accomplish a good deal of reading. Here's to the next one!

Apr 24, 2011, 11:12am Top

Do nothing but read.... well yeah, that's the description of my studylife. Read analytical chem, read symmetry, read organic chem...

I might want to remember to eat too. That's coming soon! (ok, sleep and then study first though...)

Apr 24, 2011, 11:18am Top

>202 maggie1944: Thanks! Can't wait to the next one!

Apr 24, 2011, 12:25pm Top

Do nothing but read ... what a wonderful way to spend a day. Once I'd finished my chores and settled in with A Game of Thrones, I got so caught up in the story that the rest of the world just went away. I finished it late last night and am now looking forward to Book 2. Thank you Maggie and Morphy for making this happen. I'm sorry I missed the social interaction yesterday (it's taken me an hour to read through the thread) but I thoroughly enjoyed spending an entire day doing nothing but read!

Apr 24, 2011, 12:34pm Top

well I am doing my dnbr day today. I have finished The LEGO book. I was a fun and interesting book about all things lego filled with photos of amazing lego art and photos of lego that brought me back to my lego playing days. Got inspired to build some lego.

Next I finished Karuselli a beautiful children's book about time, giving time and how to use time in a good way. I loved it. It is certainly both a book for childern and adults. It had some very precise and saying sentences. For examble: In the course of a minut a smile can catch on. In the course of an hour your face will tire. Smile a hole day and people will be envious. During a week's time the smil will become something not special. A smile lasting a month nobody believes (my translation)

After that I took a break by reading Danish Elle may number. my favourite fashion magazine.

Last week I started Børn i Grønland and I have just finished it. It is a report on a investigation of 0 to 14 year old children's well being in Greenland. Very interesting. Especially since not many reports have been done about Greenlandic children.

But I will go back to my day of reading

Edited: Apr 24, 2011, 1:32pm Top

Jenni_Canuck, I am almost finished with Game of Thrones, also. It definitely does a good job of grabbing a hold of you, and not letting go. I hope I can find as good a book when we do this again.

Apr 24, 2011, 3:23pm Top

So many of you have mentioned Game of Thrones. I'm going to have to check it out. It must be good. :)

I've done more reading today as I had to take my husband into urgent care. He tweaked his back yesterday and this morning he couldn't even walk. He's doing better now and I'm about halfway done with Evil Genius.

Thanks Morph and Maggie for hosting. I'll definitely participate in the next one!

Apr 24, 2011, 4:38pm Top

You all are amazing! I stand in awe of what you've done this weekend.


Apr 24, 2011, 5:27pm Top

Yeah, well done all and good job you hosters. Unfortunately this go round I was working nights so couldn't participate. I was either in work, sleeping or watching football. Sometimes two of those at once ;)

Apr 24, 2011, 5:27pm Top

I finished the enjoyable Terra Incognita by Ruth Downie today and now will go back to The Name of the Wind and The Game of Thrones, both of which have grabbed me. I'm pretty sure I am reading the former based on seeing it mentioned on LT.

Apr 25, 2011, 6:42am Top

I wasn't able to do nothing but read, but I was able to re-read a big chunk of Game of Thrones on Saturday. I haven't read it in years, and I'm really enjoying it.

Apr 25, 2011, 8:25am Top

Are you watching the TV show, too?

Apr 25, 2011, 9:06am Top

Sadly, I ended up busy for much of the weekend---who knew that 'do nothing but read' would turn into 'do nothing but unpack' the day after moving day? go figure---but somewhere in there I did manage to finish the copy of Asimov's Foundation I borrowed from a friend...

Apr 25, 2011, 4:07pm Top

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Apr 25, 2011, 8:16pm Top

Made a good start on reading When Christ and His Saints Slept on Sat. I watched an episode of The Game of Thrones on Sun night-also watched an episode of Treme which I had not even heard of before I caught a preview on TV last week. 8^)

Apr 26, 2011, 9:36pm Top

Hooray! Fixed my 2wire connection finally, with a new one. I'm back! Such a wonderful thread to read through, and believe me, I was missing you all tremendously, even though I was reveling in my books. So great to see so many new "faces" here! You probably all moved on and don't care, but darn it, I wrote all day and you are going to have it! ;) If you don't want it, feel free to move along now. :D

7:30am - Find out my 2wire died. Pooh. The beginning of my morning was spent trying to resolve that, until it was decided that it truly was dead and not a matter of loose connections, etc. Might possibly have reduced my phone bill too, as the company doesn't want me bailing to another company.

I ate some leftover cowboy hash and washed it down with strong coffee.

I intend to read only Rex Stout books today and will begin with The Golden Spiders.

While eating my hash, the thought occurred to me that there is a vast difference between a pigboy story and a cowboy story. In a pigboy story, the goal is for the character to escape his present reality and become a King, Duke, Saviour or what-have-you and get the girl. In most cowboy stories, the character's goal is to survive his reality and become better in it. To become the ultimate cowboy, if you will, and maybe get the girl or realize that she would just get in the way of that goal.

10:00am - Son woke up and offered to make me breakfast. Who could refuse? So, second breakfast for me: cinnamon pancakes with Darjeeling tea, served to me by my now favorite son. ;)

LOL moment in my book, a quote from Archie: "I admit I'm prejudiced about a mustache trying to pass as a plucked eyebrow." and later, "A nice clean job. Apparently with that mustache he was in disguise too." He never let up on the mustache through the rest of the story.

12:20pm - Interrupted for kitty cuddles. To see said kitty, visit my profile.

1:35pm - Took a couple minutes to direct son over the phone in the grocery store since he is doing my errands.

2:00pm - Short break to make grilled steak salad with cheddar cheese, dried berries, soybeans and chipotle dressing.

4:25pm - Finished the Rex Stout book. Very Satisfactory.

With an unexpected bonus to my reading day, a package arrives from Amazon! It has books 2, 3, and 4 of the Dresden files in it by Jim Butcher. Reading plans are altered. I am going to read for one hour in each of the two books I'm already in the middle of: Russian Cooking and A Century of Detection, by Gruesser, then begin Fool's Moon.

5:30pm - Coleslaw and a shot of tequila for dinner.

7:00pm - Son made some Irish Breakfast tea for me.

10:00pm - Gotta go to bed. My eyes won't stay open even for Butcher, and my mind won't focus. That's what a routine of being at work at 6am does to a person. *shakes fist at work schedule*

Thank you maggie and Morphy! This was a terrific time had by all!

Apr 27, 2011, 3:02am Top

Mrs. Lee, you win for the most uniquely balanced diet of the day. Love your dinner, I never tried cole slaw that way.

Apr 27, 2011, 3:18am Top

MrsLee - glad you were able to join us! I too like the look of the coleslaw recipe! I'll have to have a look for that Rex Stout book and I'm glad I'm not the only one who can ignore the TBR pile to get straight into a new delivery from Amazon!

Apr 27, 2011, 7:32am Top

MrsLee, I am so glad you were able to participate and not being able to post during the day was just a bothersome detail, not worth worry. Sounds like you enjoyed your reading, too. Great!

Apr 27, 2011, 7:37pm Top

To be truthful, *everything is better with tequila. ;)

*obligatory disclaimer - except driving.

Apr 27, 2011, 9:43pm Top

Hi everyone!!

I'm Amanda Hyphenated, the person behind dnbrd.org. I'm so flattered and excited that you all took the idea and ran with it. Bravo!!!! :)

You can follow me on Twitter: epistemophilia. I'd love to hear from you!

Apr 28, 2011, 12:07am Top

Welcome, Amanda--hope you like it here on LT. Many of us read quite a lot, even if we can't have a DNBR day as often as we'd like!

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Feb 23, 2014, 5:37pm Top

Maybe this is a message from the universe that some of us need a Do Nothing But Read Day?

Feb 23, 2014, 5:53pm Top

It does seem a little bit like a 'when life gives you lemons' situation, doesn't it :)

Feb 23, 2014, 6:30pm Top

I need one ever so badly, since I have a cold. But there is cooking and gardening and washing clothes which will not be put off any longer. :( I'm hoping to get at least half a day of DNBR tomorrow.

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