Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I once heard Nancy Pearl say that you should read into a book 100 pages minus your age before deciding to stop reading it. In general, I think she's right. I recently bought The Marriage Plot with high expectations; Jeffrey Eugenides is quite a writer. I've been reading it slowly, uninterestedly, and have only continued it for lack of something better on hand. Until yesterday! I finally got into it. And I'll be surprised if I don't lose sleep reading it late into the night over the next couple of days.

Abbott recently read Wildwood and loved it, and wanted me to read it, too. So, I've also started that. It's fantastically well written, and the illustrations are wonderful. We downloaded the audio book so Cal could hear it, and we've all been enjoying it on our car trips to school, to hockey, etc.

Happy Tuesday to you.


Becky said...

I like that guideline! I am too impatient sometimes. The Eugenides book is next on my list; right now I' reading The Red Queen for my book club and really enjoying it.

I thought The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo took 50-75 pages to get into.

Thanks for the Wildwood rec!

Jenny said...

Just started Wildwood. Glad to hear it's a good read. I really like The Decemberists and was so surprised when I heard about the children's book. Coolness. :)

Vanessa said...

I've heard similar things about The Marriage Plot. Unfortunately, I lot of the people I've spoken to gave up on it long before they got to the good part.

Someone recently gave me The Time Traveler's Wife to read, and I'm having the same issue... It just doesn't get me going.

Bonnie said...

I had never heard that 100 day saying. It is a good one ! Although, the older we get, the more we have to read before giving up ! ha ha.

Here is my joy ... http://bonnie-simple-beauty.blogspot.com/2011/11/joy-corner-view.html

KPiep said...

As a general rule, I used to force myself through every book on principle alone. Fortunatly, that's one stubborn habit that I was able to let go of after having children. Life is to short..and reading time too scarce...to waste on books I don't enjoy.

Darcy said...

by the way, what did you think of the dovekeepers?