Tuesday, February 16, 2010

17 Days and Other Rambling

I can hardly believe it, but I've been reading the same book for 17 days. Or maybe even longer; I've actually kind of lost track of time. The culprit: Richard Russo's The Bridge of Sighs. For the first week I seriously read 3 pages each night before falling asleep. I think I was on page 21 at the end of the first week, and I had no idea what I was reading. I came soooooo close to giving this book up; but now that I'm nearly done, I'm glad I didn't. I'll hopefully be done within two days and can finally post a review.

In other bookish news, I went to the library today and was terribly confused. I usually go during the day when it's nice and quiet there, but apparently there was no school today and it was packed with people. I'm happy that they all like the library, but I was feeling the need for peace and quiet, which is why I left my own children at home. Anyway, I did pick up three books on my TBR list. Actually, I picked up only one book (The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon) on my actual TBR list; the other two were on my mental TBR list (Alexander McCall-Smith's Tea Time for the Traditionally Built and Still Alice by Lisa Genova).

Here's a cool thing: I met a new friend who said that she actually picked our city to move to because she loved the look of the library from the website! She and her husband are retired, and they each had a special desire: she wanted to be near a great library, and he wanted to be able to hike. My kind of people.

8 comments:

Greg Zimmerman said...

Ugh - I had a lot of trouble with Bridge of Sighs, too. I love Russo, but that one is definitely NOT his best...

Jennifer said...

Glad you have a great library! Yes, going on a day when kids are out of school was probably not the best time. :) Our library is often very busy - but sadly not with people looking for books. Most of them are waiting in line for internet!!

Overeducated Twit said...

Those sound like excellent reasons to choose a city :).

China said...

this book you are reading must not be an easy read...

As far as library, I never was interested in going and the reason is because....

I'm jealous that your city has a great library.

wisteria said...

I guess your library is pretty special. I would love to see it. I hope you end up liking Bridge of Sighs. What a time investment. LOL

StephanieD said...

I've been stuck in the same book for a year now. I've committed to finishing it by April. Ulysses. Uggh.

Judylynn said...

We do have a great library, don't we? But it is not always quiet, especially on a day after a holiday and when the schools are closed. I wish we could have a library like the one I had growing up (except without the "shushing" librarians)! :)

Callista said...

Oh I can't stand taking that long to read a book! That's really cool about the library though!