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Down to Two Books from the Library

After a few mega-sessions of watching, I am finished with Seasons 1-3 of The Good Wife, and returned them to the library yesterday.

I also perused all the art books I had for ideas and information. (See Ten Things from the Local Library for titles.)

I decided to keep Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley as it has a freer, more therapeutic approach to art, rather than technical, which appeals to me.

Unfortunately, I was unable to delve past the first 30 or 40 pages of either of the Berney books that LexiconLover recommended. His writing style just did not resonate with me, so I returned those two books.

One of the items I had on hold was Piper Kerman's Orange is the new black: my year in a woman's prison. I checked out the first season of the television series, and found the story fascinating. I hope it is an interesting read.

I have several DVD series on hold:

  • The Good Wife: Season 4 (1 of 1)
  • The Good Wife: Season 5 (13 of 13)
  • Downton Abbey: Season 5 (25 of 69)
  • Scandal: Season 2 (2 of 3)
  • Scandal: Season 3 (4 of 5)
  • Orange Is the New Black: Season 2 (33 of 41)

I have some time to read Kerman's book, as well as finish a biography of William Dodd that I started, In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.

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CoralLevang wrote on August 14, 2015, 12:43 PM

I am still trying to get through Coelho's "The Alchemist," which is on my bedside table. LOL

Kasman wrote on August 14, 2015, 2:31 PM

I used to read a lot but now, what with the internet, grandchildren (and other people's children!) my job and my other work and hobbies I just don't have the time to read much.

inertia4 wrote on August 14, 2015, 4:18 PM

I often tell myself that I am going to start going to the library. But I never seem to get there. I am either online, offline doing something or I have my kids. So, I never seem to get there. I would like to start again. I did that years ago but not very often. And with all the recommendations I got online from here and other sites, I could read forever, it seems. But I do like my digital books as well. Maybe because they are way easier to get m hands on them.

MegL wrote on August 14, 2015, 5:44 PM

I am not sure whether I will go back to reading much fiction. I gave it up when I started my studies and don't crave it these days. I used to take out and read 9 books a week and sometimes go in mid week to get more books!

LoudMan wrote on August 14, 2015, 7:58 PM

We're I to have time to read, I wouldn't&t do fiction. Some nice philosophy books, now. Ahh...which reminds me...

Feisty56 wrote on August 14, 2015, 8:53 PM

Lately, I have been finishing my day by reading a couple of hours before I go to sleep. Well, the intention is to read a couple of hours, but that often stretches into more time when the story is good.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 11:21 PM

I read constantly. In the past three weeks I've read at least 15 books, most of which are piled by my desk waiting for me to write reviews of them. I love to read -- much more than I like writing reviews afterwards.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 11:22 PM

We steal the time and feel guilty.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 11:22 PM

Tell me about it.

Paulie wrote on August 14, 2015, 11:25 PM

I haven't watched U.S. TV dramas in a long time. I can only remember "Everybody Loves Raymond." I guess that tells you how long I have been away from U.S. pop culture. Surprising, I don't really miss it.

Rufuszen wrote on August 15, 2015, 8:17 AM

If a book is raved about, I try to read them. But sometimes, like you, the author's style doesn't grab me and I give up, with a feeling that I've missed something. Tolkien is the big one for me, I've never gotten very far into any of his books or the movies.

chrisandmark wrote on August 15, 2015, 10:32 AM

Oh dammit, I was supposed to be going to the library today and forgot all about it until I read this - it's too late now!

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:23 PM

I used to read a lot as a kid, but some things happened, and I stopped. I still love books though, and am finding that I am beginning to develop what I like again, nearly 45 years later

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:25 PM

I do not know how old your children are, but bring them to the library with you to pick out a movie or three from what is on the shelves. Tell them this is where "old school" meets "new skool"! emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:28 PM

I read some of Wally Lamb and Amy Tan in the last decade, but I have a much harder time with fiction. If it doesn't grab me right away, then I have a difficult time with it. I am similar with movies. I think that it is the character development part that is key for me. I much prefer getting to see how the characters act first, then figure out the back story.
I am finding that I am gravitating to some memoirs and biographies now, so non-fiction. But I like those better that are presented as a story, rather than just a recounting of facts.

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:28 PM

I am amazed that you can read so much. I'm wowed by you.

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:30 PM

Yes, I am more about reading the "meanings" behind things and people. I find my natural curiosity in how things get to where they are, why they stay and can they evolve, and what does it all matter, means much more to me than most fiction.

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:31 PM

I do not watch most TV. Why I am paying for cable is beyond me. I may just cancel it and save myself the $60 or whatever the cable portion of my digital/internet package is.

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:34 PM

I am the same way. I have friends that rave about Jean Auel's books (Clan of the Cave Bear) or James Michener. If I start midway in Michener, I can get through a bit more. Grisham is also difficult for me, but I have read several of his things.

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:35 PM

There is always tomorrow!

BarbRad wrote on August 15, 2015, 3:27 PM

Don't be. It comes in spurts. What's happening now is that I keep one book in the bathroom and my Kindle to take to the gym. The problem is that I'm not always satisfied to restrict the reading to those two places if I get to the part of the book where the real action starts.

Paulie wrote on August 16, 2015, 12:22 AM

There should be a way that you can watch TV programs over the Internet. It is possible to watch Thai TV programs over the Internet here.

inertia4 wrote on August 16, 2015, 11:59 AM

My son is 14 and my daughter is 10. My son is way into old school. Believe me. He loves all the old movies I grew up with and the music as well. My daughter, well, she is a typical girl. And very social with her friends at school. I think she is too young to really get into many other things. I want her to be a child. So, I let her be a child. My son, at times, seems to be an adult. And he looks like one. He stands almost 6 feet tall. Way taller than me. My son is not much of a reader. My daughter is the reader.

CoralLevang wrote on August 16, 2015, 1:46 PM

But the library has so much, so it's perfect for an outing with them, to take the movies or books back home. emoticon :smile: Just a thought.

inertia4 wrote on August 16, 2015, 4:28 PM

What my son does now is, tell me, "Dad, lets buy a movie or rent a movie from iTunes." I have a nice library of movies already. But, he loves iTunes. I could go with him to the library to look for movies. I also have a Redox Kiosk around the corner in a store by me. And I could go and rent there also. But he is stuck on iTunes. So, is my daughter. And lately, Youtube is like a TV channel to them.

CoralLevang wrote on August 16, 2015, 4:33 PM

Well, you can offer them a different experience, for "their own good." LOL

inertia4 wrote on August 16, 2015, 4:42 PM

I agree. Maybe the next time they are here for a longer time I will do that.