Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Readolution #2

2. I will read all of this year's Reading Circle group reads, and reply to all of the discussion threads.

The Reading Circle is an online book discussion forum that I co-moderate with my friend Susan. (Click on the link in my sidebar to visit The Reading Circle.) Each month, we choose a group read, and we post a discussion thread to go along with it. There is rarely much discussion on these threads, but people sometimes do read the books and post their thoughts on our weekly "What are you reading?" threads. One of my goals this year was to get discussion going on these specific threads, too. I have not done well with this part of the goal; I've only truly posted about my reading on one of the threads this year. Let's see how many of them I have read:

January: The Soup Peddler's Slow & Difficult Soups: Recipes And Reveries by David Ansel
February: Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan
March: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
April: The Girls by Lori Lansens
May: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Summer reads: Hens Dancing by Raffaella Barker, If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma Bombeck, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
September: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
October: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Hey, I've read all of them except the September and October reads, and I plan to get to both of them this month.

I think I should recommit to this goal, starting with The Lace Reader. I love looking up info about books/authors after I've read their work; maybe I'll set an evening or two aside after reading these books to do that and post on the discussion threads. (And I could post my thoughts about them here, too!)


A Good Blog Is Hard to Find said...

I'll start a discussion for you about Heart in the Right Place!

Of course I wrote it, so my discussion will potentially be biased.
: )

But I'm happy to yak with anybody who wants to say anything about it.

Caryl said...

Carolyn??! Uh, I mean, Ms. Jourdan?! :)

That does it. My next blog post will be about Heart in the Right Place. (I loved it. Thank you for writing it!)

Michelle said...

You impress me Caryl. Where do you find all the time to read? Maybe I should send my kids to school.....

Caryl said...


I rarely read during the day. I do read almost every evening for at least a half hour. (Sometimes, it's hard to keep my eyes open, and I admit I have fallen asleep in the bed with a book in my hands more than once.)

Caryl said...

Oh, and I forgot to add that I don't read quickly at all! I like to savor the words and sentences and themes of a book, and I often flip back to read parts I've already read. So, I really believe the key must be just making the time to do it every day.

I wish I had time to read more! One of my 2009 readolutions may be to make more time to read.

Michelle said...

I'm always reading to the kids during the day so I would probably set myself back by sending them to school...(insert winky guy here.)

I am like you in the evenings..often falling asleep in my book. I think it's great advice to simply "make the time" everyday. I think I'll go do that right now!

Caryl said...

Yes, I was going to say, check out all of the YA lit that is padding my list! Reading with dd -- and reading things she's read and recommends -- makes my list look more impressive than it really is. I love reading a quick YA book in between longer reads.