Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reading Binge


I managed to infuse the publishing world with a small a small chunk of change last week.

During vacation, I had no internet access or computer. I dutifully packed two books to read.

Four days later, I was hungry for more, so I read the book I bought my hubs for Christmas. Three days later, I bought another one in the airport bookstore. It was finished before we landed.

I was hungry. I didn't realize how long I'd gone without reading because I've been writing like a fiend in the last two months.

It. Was. Goooooood.

Here's what I read:

Matched, by Ally Condie
Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini ****
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson **

I generally don't do reviews, so I'm going to be irritatingly mum on what I though of them.

Okay, I will say one thing. The stars represent how many times I cried during the reading. I am a saline faucet when it come to sad scenes. Then again, I also cry during Kleenex commercials, so yeah. That's me.

So. Did you guys read during the holidays? Dish!


Also, please stop by Laura's Sisterhood post on 2011 Writing goals. I'll post next week!

59 comments:

Sarah said...

I read Before I Die by Jenny Downham. Talk about opening up the saline faucet. Whoa.

Christine Danek said...

Love your star method. I have Matched, Uglies, and Wintergirls on my list. I'm reading Paranormalcy now. I really like it. I have way too many books on my list.
Have a great day!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

How was Matched? I've heard a lot about that one. Me? I'm currently reading the last installment of Steig Larsson's series. Happy New Year, Lydia!

Laura Pauling said...

I loved Wintergirls. I thought the writing was incredible! I read Anna and The French Kiss over break. And am also currently reading Paranormalcy.

Anne Gallagher said...

If you have time, see my post up for today. You'll see what I read over break.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Over the holidays, I read Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan, The Ranger by Monica McCarty, and The Grimrose Path by Rob Thurman. Good reads all - even if none of them made me cry. ;o)

lbdiamond said...

The Kite Runner is a FABULOUS book--loved the movie too...

Books don't generally make me cry, but I almost teared up while reading the end of Linger. Can't wait for the next one.

I'm working on Matched now.

It DOES feel good to read, doesn't it?

ciaraknight said...

Oh, after reading Leviathan, I've so wanted to read the rest of his books. I'm reading Girl with a Dragon Tattoo right now.

Angela Felsted said...

I read a ton, probably way too much, which is why I visit the library regularly to keep from going broke.

Kelly said...

You did have a great reading spurt! I so want to read Matched! I read an Abundance of Katherines by John Green over the holidays.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have only read The Kite Runner from your list. Will try to read the other books too.

Jessica Bell said...

I read a lot during the year so I spent most of Christmas watching DVDs! :o)

Faith said...

I read a lot over the holidays... a loooot... that said, I tend to read to avoid writing, so maybe finishing all those books wasn't necessarily a good thing... haha.

Old Kitty said...

I'm still struggling through my to be read by the end of 2010 pile of books (Kite runner is there!!)!! LOL!!

Good for you though!! Take care
x

Melissa said...

YAY reading binge's. That's basically what my whole year is going to look like because I'm doing a 110 book challenge thing plus I have books from school!

Carol Kilgore said...

Read? We're supposed to have time to read during the holidays? Nobody told me.

Actually, I finished a bad book. Yea! And started a good one. Double Yea!!

Magan said...

You sound like me traveling! I pack two books and then soon realize that I've read those two on the plane ride there and need something else. I've thought about getting a Kindle to make things easier...but I just love holding a book so much.

Meredith said...

I love crying over a good book! That's such a great tearjerker list :)

Melissa Gill said...

I also read "Matched" over the holidays, also a book called "Girl Stolen", a book called "The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise" (absolutely hillarious), and I'm almost finished with "We Hear the Dead."

I read "The Kite Runner" several years ago, it was fabulous.

Olga said...

I didn't have a chance to read something during holidays. We went to our friends' houses and entertained friends at home. Meanwhile I was preparing for the show. After reading your post I feel hungry for books. As soon as I have a chance I will read An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists.

Krista said...

I love Uglies! Scott Westerfeld's YA stuff makes me happy.

I cry like a baby while reading books (less so during movies...). When something really gets to me, I can cry days later while thinking back to it.

Priya Shankar said...

I love Kite Runner! Two of my winter reads were Paul Farmer's Mountains Beyond Mountains, and Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life.

Sarah said...

I know what you mean about writing sometimes cutting down on reading time. I'm always having to justify my reading as essential to my writing in order to make time for it.

But, when I get into a really good spurt of working, sometimes reading goes down to a paragraph a night or so. I need more hours in each day! More hours, please!

P.S. Uglies is great!

Erin Cole said...

I have Kite Runner on my shelf - I know I must read it.

In December, I read Brida, by Paulo Coelho - charming, The Cowboy and the Vampire, by Clark Hayes and Kathy McFall - very fun read, and Joyce Carol Oates', Black Water - intense, amazing writing.

Wow! you did read a lot, which is as important as writing. I love the new energy I get returning to my pen afterwards.

Thanks for the suggestions, Lydia.

Heather said...

I've been dying to know how Matched is. I didn't get nearly as much reading done as you did but I did manage to read The Hunger Games. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. I'm not big on first person and I'd never read anything written in present tense so upon reading the first page I didn't expect to like it. It's nice to know I can still be surprised!

Munk Davis said...

Take All to Nebraska (Sophus Winther), Their Blood is Strong (John Steinbeck) and Dirt Track Summer (William Gault)... On the more normal front, I read Harry Potter 3 with the kids. Next up... Ender's Game.

Munk Davis said...

oh... there no crying was involved, unless you count the BCS choosing to show all of their bowl games exclusively on cable.

Nas Dean said...

I've done lot of light reading over the holidays, and yes I'm also of the silent faucet brigade so Christmas stories set me off!

Hey, I wanted to let you know there's a new series for us unpubbeds and our struggle every Wednesday known as Wednesday Warriors- Tales of the Unpubbed. My scars will be up next Wednesday for all to see! Check out this weeks:
http://writingnotwhining.blogspot.com/2011/01/warrior-wednesday-tales-from-unpubbed.html

E. Arroyo said...

I've been reading like a mad woman too. I do have to get back to writing. And ditto on the Kite Runner.

Nas Dean said...

I've done lot of light reading over the holidays, and yes I'm also of the silent faucet brigade so Christmas stories set me off!

Hey, I wanted to let you know there's a new series for us unpubbeds and our struggle every Wednesday known as Wednesday Warriors- Tales of the Unpubbed. My scars will be up next Wednesday for all to see! Check out this weeks:
http://writingnotwhining.blogspot.com/2011/01/warrior-wednesday-tales-from-unpubbed.html

Nas Dean said...

I've done lot of light reading over the holidays, and yes I'm also of the silent faucet brigade so Christmas stories set me off!

Hey, I wanted to let you know there's a new series for us unpubbeds and our struggle every Wednesday known as Wednesday Warriors- Tales of the Unpubbed. My scars will be up next Wednesday for all to see! Check out this weeks:
http://writingnotwhining.blogspot.com/2011/01/warrior-wednesday-tales-from-unpubbed.html

Paul S said...

I've read To Kill A Mockingbird and The Catcher In The Rye for the first time over the holidays!
I'm trying to catch up on all the books that I'm always being told I must read.

Shannon said...

Hi Lydia,

Sounds like you had a great holiday! Glad to hear it! =)

I had planned on reading a few books, but didn't get much done - we were constantly on the go. Had a great time, but my TBR shelf is growing!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Yay for reading binges. I cried at Wintergirls as well.

I have Matched and Uglies on my list to read, but not had chance to read much over Christmas. :(

Carol Riggs said...

I rarely cry when I read (cuz well, I hate to), but Wintergirls was very gripping; I felt rather depressed reading it, actually, which attests to the skill of the writer. I totally got in to the MC's head and feelings. I have Matched on my To Read list. I know what you mean by not reading, and then finally getting to (or getting around to) doing it! It's great, aaaah.

What a cuuuute updated Facebook badge photo of you! Love it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I got an Orson Scott Card writing book and started reading that. Probably won't make me cry. Unless I really start thinking about all the places I screwed up with my book...

Holly Ruggiero said...

I’ve done that to, but not this holiday season.

Corey Schwartz said...

OMG, I just watched the movie Rudy with my kids and I think I cried on FIVE separate occasions!

M Pax said...

Replay by Ken Grimwood. Third Magic by Welwyn Katz and Where the Crooked River Rises by Ellen Waterston. All excellent reads. Oh, and The Flood by Margaret Atwood.

Colene Murphy said...

Reading Matched now! All the others are on my tbr list! They're all great, right???

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

I got a Nook for Christmas, so I've been reading ever since I got it. I'm ready to be snowed in or stranded since I've got 43 books on it.

Tracey Neithercott said...

I read Matched over the holidays too. I thought Wintergirls was great, but I agree: The Kite Runner is the one that had me bawling. I guess I'll have to buy Uglies to round out your list. :) I've been wanting to read it anyway.

The Happy Whisk said...

I like the use of the stars.

Stephen Tremp said...

I did a little reading but not much. I vegged and relaxed from blogging and stuff. I did write a lot for my MS though. But that's about it.

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I got Matched for Christmas and read it in about a day and half. Really enjoyed it. I'm a reading nut, so I've read quite a few things in the last few weeks. Most of what I'm currently reading is either a repeat that I love or an oldie that I missed.

Bee said...

The Kite Runners is one of my fave books ever!

I've read so many books over the holidays, I've lost count: Ballads of Suburbia, I Know It's Over, 10 Things I Hate About Me, Twenty Boy Summer, Before I Fall (still reading)..

Giles Hash said...

I actually did a good deal of reading over the holidays. I finished Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, and I started Blameless by Gail Carriger. Great books, both.

Jennifer Hoffine said...

I'm in the middle of MATCHED right now, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole UGLIES series.

Loved (and cried during) WINTERGIRLS...also had my first serious fit of writer's jealousy at how wonderful (and different than SPEAK) the voice is in that one.

Haven't read Kite Runner yet, but I've hear enough about it to know I might give you a run for your money on number of cries.

LTM said...

I would like to know what you thought of Matched, as it's on my TBR pile, and I've heard mixed reviews...

I read a TON during the holidays... some of the best was a few bleeps' MSs! How exciting~ :o) <3

Lisa Gail Green said...

I was kind of stuck on one book for a while, but when I finally got through it (and ended up enjoying it it just had a slow start) I found I was hungry for more. Now I'm in seventh heaven reading the book I've been waiting to get to seemingly forever! Like three weeks. :D

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Ah, The Kite Runner. I cried too. There are so many wonderful books out there. And I think a writer needs to read as much as they write, or even more.

The Red Angel said...

The Kite Runner is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it about three times so far, and during each of those times, I bawled like a baby!

I heard it Wintergirls is supposed to be a pretty good book too. :)

Glad you got to do some light (well, not-so-light) reading over break!

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Olivia Carter said...

I went to the launch party for MATCHED. That Ally Condie is one put together nice lady. I had a blast!

Over the winter break I read THE REPLACEMENT & NIGHTSHADE. They were both good in REALLY different ways. I didn't think I'd like either so I was pleasantly surprised.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I really like your stars for how many times the book made you cry. Do you have some symbol for how many times the book made you laugh out loud? That might be worth thinking about.

Wish I could read as fast as you do.

Happy New Year!

lovedfromthestart said...

Yes! Read Great Expectations, starting Crime and Punishment, going to read some random YA fiction, and finished The Waste Land. I've been hungry as well!

Krispy said...

Break was my break from EVERYTHING. I finished a book right before New Year's, but I haven't read anything since! I think that was good though. I've been jumping right into new books after I finish one that they all started sounding the same to me. :P

I started Matched today. Been hearing a lot about it, so even with library due dates pressing on other books, I'm going to read it first.

Mei said...

Hi Lydia, thank you for follow, didn't know that little corner will open up at all... very nice space you have here and you're really welcome to drop by again anytime! Mei

CailinMarie said...

hmmm... of that list I've only read Kite Runner - now my interest is peaked!

Naomi Ruth said...

I want to read Matched so very much. I very recently read Wintergirls. 'Twas very good.

I love Reading binges. Mmmm...

 
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