It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Just checking in

book bingeWe’re closing in on the end of our Book Binge. May 1 is only 9 days away!

How’s it going??

April 22, 2007 - Posted by | books


  1. I have a running tally. It’s the only way to remember what I’ve read! I was hoping to read some non-fluff along the way–just to gain a bit of credibility, you know–but since I keep nodding off in the middle of chapters, I’ve mostly stuck to comfort reads. Oh, well.

    Comment by Kat | April 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. Updating today…my binge is pretty much on track with my usual “literary eating habits”. Looking forward to seeing all the lists.

    Comment by Karyn | April 22, 2007 | Reply

  3. I was doing better when the weather was yucky. BUT I am not complaining!!
    We’ve been taking advantage of the weather to ride bikes and introduce the baby to playgrounds!!

    Comment by Dani | April 22, 2007 | Reply

  4. Going well. Except for one book of short stories I thought I’d love, but instead I’m slogging through them like I’m being forced to read them…for school or something. But for some reason I won’t abandon the book entirely, I just keep reading other stuff instead.

    I’m keeping track of mine with I’m addicted to this site. It’s like myspace for nerds–you list and rate your books and your friends can comment. If anybody wants to join (free of course)you can add me as a friend.

    Comment by Alison | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  5. Kat: Running tally? But of course! Isn’t everyone doing that?? Can people actually remember back FOUR WEEKS? My memory’s such an ephemeral thing. I never know what’s going to stick. I certainly don’t rely on it!

    Karyn: I’ve been surprised by how much non-fiction I read. I’d always thought of myself as 90% fiction. Not so! Yes, I’m looking forward to seeing the lists, too.

    Dani: Hint for compulsive readers: Pop the child in a swing. You’d be surprised how much reading you can get done while they have their (endless) swing.

    Alison: I’ve never really gotten into the short story genre, apart from Alice Munro. I keep trying, though. A friend lent me a Barbara Kingsolver collection, which I’m slogging through, much as you are yours. I don’t know if I’ll finish it this month. I also started a short story collection (“This is not Chick Lit.”) Got through two and a half stories and quit.

    Comment by MaryP | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  6. I’ve read 4 books so far – trying to find time to start on the 5th tonight or tomorrow.

    Comment by Julie | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  7. Oh no…running tallies, lists? Does two qualify as a list?

    I just (and I mean just) started a 400 page fantasy novel but I’m not sure I’ll make it through in time.

    Oh well, I know I’ll have fun reading everyone else’s lists. 😛

    Comment by Sheri | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  8. Gah! I’ve been reading some adult non-fiction this month and I am going SLOOOOW. It’ll be downright embarrassing, but it was what I felt like, so there it is.

    Comment by kittenpie | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  9. We’ve been so busy, plus my husband has switched his work hours to 6am-3pm. That means he’s in bed early & I’m totally not getting in my 1/2 hour or more bedtime read in. So I’m only on my second book so far this month, which is unheard of! Oh well.

    Comment by Ms. Huis Herself | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  10. I’m afraid my list is not long but I’m trying! I was doing much better last month! (That probably had something to do with the fact that I gave up TV for Lent…)

    Comment by LoryKC | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  11. Thank you so much for doing this. I’m not officially playing but I have been keeping track of what I’m reading this month and this is so much fun!

    I forgot how much I love to read… for myself. Parenthood brings back childhood favorites and discoveries of new children’s books and I love that but somewhere along the way I completely forgot myself and I’ve had a blast this month sneaking to the library to get grown up books instead of heading immediately to the children’s section.

    You’ve helped me find one more little way to get creative, meaningful, cost-effective me-time and you’ve given me a nice feeling of being connected to other adults and you’ve made me feel sort of scholarly and brainy too. (What? Reading Janet Evanovich novels is SO scholarly…. they have NUMBERS in the titles….)

    How lovely. Thanks!

    Oh- If you are looking for good short stories, try Pam Houston. I pink-puffy-heart her writing style.

    Comment by Homestead | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  12. I’ve managed to read a bunch…unfortunately because I haven’t been getting a lot of teaching work. 😛 Silver linings though.

    Comment by Karin | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  13. Keeping a list as well. It’s amazing how being on a diet keeps me from reading, because I realize now that I want to get a snack every time I open a book. So I’m reading less so I won’t eat!

    Comment by kelli in the mirror | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  14. Oh bad. Really bad. I think I made it through two and a half books. Maybe. Allergies have been killing me: I get up at 5:30, decongest, get coffee, run off to work, hour plus commute, work, hour plus commute back, make dinner, eat and basically die in front of the tv or in bed. Constant ear/headache from the sinus pressure.


    Comment by Nicole | April 28, 2007 | Reply

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