Monday, January 25, 2010

It Was a Word-Nerdy Weekend Indeed

Over the weekend I read a whopping 682 pages! It was a rainy, cold weekend - what else was I supposed to do? I mean come on, that's what stormy winter days are for. That, and cocktails cocoa.

Finished blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell an entire year after starting it. It certainly didn't warrant taking so long, but I didn't want to rush is. Boy, did I ever not rush it! A rumination on rapid cognition, I found it quite interesting and worthy of a second read. My feeling is that it should be required reading for anyone involved in public policy making.

Friday night I also started a new book: Elizabeth George's With No One as Witness. I picked it out of the free bin at Northtown Books, and snobby Velma didn't expect much 'cuz she only looked at the price. It's a murder mystery (they call it 'crime drama') in what appears, from a cursory bit of Google-fu, to be a quite popular little franchise: the Inspector Lynley series has become a BBC television 'programme' as the Brits would have it. I quite like it, as evidenced by my 360 page initial gorging on it.

I even got another good ways into The Black Book, the novel by Orhan Pamuk that I've been struggling to enjoy. I figured I'd like it: it won a Pulitzer, after all, and it is set in Turkey, where my sister is currently residing. But it hasn't really grown on me yet, & I'm about halfway. Identity seems to be it's central theme, which is something I usually gravitate toward, but... We'll see, as I'm not giving up.

I BookCrossing-ed, too. What is BookCrossing, you ask?
n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. (Concise Oxford English Dictionary)
Cool, huh? I made my 3rd release Saturday, dropped it right into the Figuerido's video drop-box in Sunny Brae, I did! It was a 'contemporary romance' given to me by an internet friend who doesn't know I'm not into them. It was readable.

If you want to stalk me, I'm on GoodReads HERE and BookCrossing HERE. No pic today, you'll just have to wait 'til tomorrow for your fix.

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  1. I love, love, loved Blink. And The Tipping Point. Outliers is the sixth or seventh book down in my to-be-read stack. Im going to have to check out some of the books I don't recognize in your BookCrossing list. The Botany of Desire was fabulous.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation of Blink - I'm going to see if I can get it for my husband who's on our town council.


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