Friday, January 09, 2009

What did you read?

Today, the day after Day to Read 2009, is the day we all recount what we read yesterday instead of blogs. Did you dive into a good book? A stack of magazines? The newspaper?

I have to admit that my reading time was not as much as I hoped for. I had a meeting at church last night so didn't get home until 9pm. Got the kids into their beds then settled on the couch with a glass of wine and Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm about the 1900 hurricane that decimated Galveston, Texas.

I'm just past page 100 and Larson, who also wrote Devil in the White City which I loved, is going back and forth between the storm forming over Africa, the Atlantic and now the Caribbean to the history of weather reporting and the life of Issac Cline. At one point he wrote that a catastrophic hurricane would never hit Galveston. We know he is wrong, twice now.

It was good to sit in a quiet house with a good book and lose myself. Just what I needed.

Did you get what you needed yesterday?

THANK YOU to everyone who promoted Day to Read 2009. You all made it much more fun.

12 comments:

TX Poppet said...

I was up until 1:00 am slurping in Louis de Berniere's Birds Without Wings. It's about a small multi-ethnic town in Turkey around WWI and their humanity during war and genocide. Don't shudder, it's really beautiful.

Thank you so much for hosting this!

Kate said...

I actually just finished the best book ever, "We Were the Mulvaneys" by Joyce Carol Oates. Have you ever read that?

On a regular basis I read newspapers and magazines anyway, so I never need an excuse for that. God knows there's plenty of printed material cluttering my house at any given time.

monstergirlee said...

I read the local newspaper, and about 15 minutes of Memoirs of Hecate County. I ended up doing more laundry sorry to say.
(I read We Were the Mulvaneys - sorry to say I hated it, downright barely finished it.)

Goofball said...

I've almost read an entire book on thursday while waiting for an operation in the hospital....now I can't seem to concentrate longer than a couple of minutes on anything, so my report will be a bit delayed.

Gunfighter said...

I finished reading "Russian Amerika", a novel of alternate history, by Stoney Compton.

See my review here: http://gunfighter1.typepad.com/warrior/2009/01/book-review-russian-amerika.html

Patois said...

Sadly, I got in very little reading time. The usual: the newspapers and the stack of waiting magazines I keep in the car. And two children's books -- an Abby Hayes and a Magic Treehouse. But I have started "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle."

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Several years ago I read and really liked We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates.

Though I never got around to officially signing up for the 2009 Day to Read, I did it again. Here's this year's report:
http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-ive-been-reading.html

Flower Child said...

I'm ashamed to say, although I did put your button on my blog, I completely forgot. The irony being that my husband got me a new phone that reminds me to do things. I think I spent all day Thursday playing with it. Not really working, eh?

But I'm supposed to be reading Three Cups of Tea for my book club at the end of the month. What little I've read so far I really like. :)

Goofball said...

My book report is up!

Goofball said...

Is Isaac's Storm a fiction book or non-fiction??

Kate said...

I wrote about my book on my blog feel free to check it out: http://aceaselessmind.blogspot.com/ I think this is a great initiative!

Goofball said...

I'm still reading, whaa can't stop anymore :). Check out my latest recommendation