Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

It's been nearly a month since I last posted and I have no good story about where I've been or what I've been up to.  The fact that I have been working 60 hour weeks in addition to weekends really has little to do with the fact that I have not made a post in nearly 30 days.

The answer why I have not posted is that "War and Peace", if you haven't heard is a LONG read.  And it just so happens that my feelings towards reading this book in conjunction with another is also the topic for the book blogger hop question this week:

"Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?"

I really have a hard time reading more than a book at a time.  The only way that my mind seems to be okay with this is if one is a work of fiction and the other is a book of non-fiction.  Since I rarely pick up my complete 13 volume set of English history, I find that my non-fiction suffers due to the extremeness of my personal reading whims.  Other than some business books, I believe the last work of non-fiction I read concurrently was about Pompeii and Herculaneum (fascinating).  But I digress.

Due to reading "War and Peace" (WAP) my book club has decided to trounce on with another book concurrently and that is where "In Cold Blood" comes in.  Truth be told, I am upset to be stopping WAP for a time since it causes me to lose a bit of continuity (and it's so ridiculously good).  My new strategy is to not stop WAP entirely, but read it interspersed with 'In Cold Blood', though I'm not sure I'll have time if I want to make my March 30th deadline.  Time will tell.

Anyways, that's where I have been.  If you're a new follower from the hop, welcome!  Please introduce yourself.


Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I'd love to read WAP someday, but I think I could only get through it if I read a few chapters at a time and read other books too. Otherwise I'd get mad that I was missing out on so many other books.
My Hop

Teacher/Learner said...

I must say you're quite a trooper for sticking with War & Peace, and I'm happy to hear that it's a worthwhile read. It's one of those books I really want to get to and know I should read. *Sigh* Same old story. Good luck with your book juggling :)

Jillian said...

Wasn't War & Peace serialized originally, and intended to be read in segments?

(I'm interested in In Cold Blood. I have a copy. So many books!) :-)

Chelle said...

Maybe after graduation I'll tackle War and Peace. But my plate is full at the moment. I've been wanting to read some Capote. I saw the movie about him and liked it. Looking forward to reading your reviews!

Mel u said...

Stopping by from the hop-happy to see another classics reader-I know you are very busy with work but

I would like to invite you to consider participating in

Irish Short Story Week-3/14 to 3/20
Now extended until March 23

Anja K. said...

Hi, came by through the Hop. I'm interested to hear what you think of In Cold Blood, it's a favorite of mine. I'm doing W&P through the chapter-a-day challenge and I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would too.

Janna said...

Hi, found you via the Hop. I like your blog and am your newest follower.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Primo Reads

Lindsay Cummings author said...

hey there! new follower on GFC! follow me back?! love your blog and i'm excited to read more! my fav two would be lord of the flies and catcher in the rye!

today on my post, choose which book cover you like better. two gorgeous ones! =]

Rachel said...

Just stopping by via the hop! I am already a follower but thought I'd say hello!

And the plot thickens...

bibliophiliac said...

Wow-War and Peace and In Cold Blood: now that's an interesting combination!~Stopping by on the Book Blogger Hop: I always read more books by that author when I read a book I loved....

Elizabeth said...


Stopping by from the Blog Hop.

Stop by my blog if you like to see my answer.


I'm Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm just popping in to say hello via the blog hop. I'd love to meet all bloggers, all readers in real life. Every blogger I've ever met, every reader I've ever met is a fascinating person. Reading does that to you!

I hope you will stop by here.

Follow and let me know you have followed in a comment. I always follow back.

BTW, I'm trying to read W&P. I've been reading it since January and I think I've read about eighty pages. Eek.