Monday, December 14, 2009

ReBooWee:Week 2 comes to a close

Post by NCW director Kerrie Flanagan

Hello Fellow Readers,

We are at the end of week 2 and getting ready to start week 3. If you are just hearing about ReBooWee (Read a Book a Week), I hope you will consider joining us for the next 6 weeks and report back in each Monday (even if you aren't always successful) Thumbs up to those who have already read 2 books in 2 weeks and are ready to read more.

I have to admit it has been a challenge, especially at this time of the year, but I am forging ahead with the hopes of starting a new reading habit. I have always been a binge reader. I will attack a book, read it in a few days and then not read another one for a few weeks. My hope is that through ReBooWee I will become more consistent with my reading and pace myself better.

My book this past week was the nonfiction book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamont. I must confess, I still have 32 pages to go, but I will finish those by the end of the day and then start on my next book.

I chose this book because it comes up all the time in different writing circles and I figured it was time to read it. I enjoyed it, but for this book, if I wasn't under the self-imposed pressure of finishing it in a week, I would have spread it out more. I would have read a chapter at a time and let the message of each one sink in, roll around in my brain and marinate, before moving on to the next one.

One passage from the book that stood out for me was:
"I try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do--the actual act of writing--turns out to be the best part...The act of writing turns out to be its own reward."

So how about you? Did you come across any challenges this week? What did you read? Can you share a favorite sentence or passage from the book?

Happy Reading,

p.s. This week I am going with some fiction. :-)


Mason Canyon said...

Well, I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I'm almost finished with Buckley's Story, Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher. It's not a hard book to read, I just haven't had the time to really spend on it like I want. I'll finish the last few pages this afternoon.

As for one sentence from the book, that would be hard. I'll say the book has spoke to me in many ways. I'm an animal lover (all types of animals) and have two cats of my own. I'd say it's a must read for anyone with pets.

My next book will be different. It's more fantasy and romance than mystery or murder. I've already started To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear.

LLPere said...

Didn't actually get through a book, but I received the one I'm going to shoot for first: Nick Hornby's "The Polysyllabic Spree". It's about the author's "struggle with the monthly tide of the books he's bought and the books he's been meaing to read". Perfecto!

Anonymous said...

I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Absolutely fabulous.

The line that stood out for me was in the Publisher's Weekly review
"...set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver."

Put this on your TBR List.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I finished the last few pages of my book this morning. Silver Lies by Ann Parker is a mystery set in Leadville, CO in the late 1800s. The main character is Inez Stannert, owner of the Silver Queen Saloon. This excellent historical mystery was a winner of the Willa Award for Historical Fiction awarded by Women Writing the West.

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm so pushed for time, the book on my desk has remained closed since Thanksgiving. One day soon, I'll open it again.

Kerrie said...

Thank you all for stopping by and updating everyone on your progress. Lisa,
your book sounds very intriguing. Can't wait to hear more about it next week.

Happy Reading!

Daniel Steeves said... I am using ReBooWee a little differently and instead using it as a chance to finish up reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. I still have 350 pages left to read and I hope to get through them this week so I can start a new book for next week. I will probably choose one of the Bernhard Cornwell Sharpe series I have hanging around to bide my time until after the new book delivery on Christmas morning.
Happy reading!
- Daniel

tuxgirl said...

I just heard of this today, but yesterday i read Right Behind You by Gail Giles. It was very interesting to me and made a good break from my current main reading. This week I've mainly been reading Les Miserables, but I dont think I'm likely to be finishing it in a week... :)

Kerrie said...

Daniel and Tuxgirl,

Thanks for stopping by and agreeing to give ReBooWee a try, even if it means not reading a whole book, but making a big dent in a really long one.

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