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Terra at Terragarden blog

Having some extra time to read on a rainy weekend sounds dreamy to me. We are in drought conditions here in California so I welcome every precious drop of rain, and add that to reading and you have the makings of fun.

Jeane

Getting into a new genre is fun! I wish I could recommend something but I tend to read more fantasy than hard-core sci fi (when I do get out of my usual nonfiction bent). Blogging sure has stretched that for me- I don't usually find mysteries, westerns, romance, vampires or zombie stories my thing. But I've read three or four vampire books now, and am reading my first mystery currently. A few years ago I'd never read any graphic novels, and I was really surprised to find yesterday when looking at tagged posts on my blog that I've read over 70 of them now! And I just added Alex + Ada to my list. Cheers! Hope you get some sun soon.

Kailana

I hope you get some great reading in! We had a long weekend last weekend and I started out really well with the reading and then kind of fizzled...

cathy

I'm looking forward to the long weekend, too. On my stack tbr is Theater by W Somerset Maugham. Never heard of this until a friend mentioned her group was reading it for their classic read. Annette Benning stars in movie version, but I want to read the book before getting the dvd. Just finished last night Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install...just a fun read. My nonfiction read that you talked about a couple posts ago is Books that Went to War, about the book drives to get paperbacks into the hands of soldiers during WWII and the letters the soldiers write to the authors. Slow going, but interesting.

Kathy

Hope you enjoy your long weekend, rain or shine. Your plans sound just about perfect. I hope to get some extra reading time in as the tiling portion of our bathroom redo is done. (The house is much quieter and more conducive to reading now!) What movie(s)are you planning to see?

cath

Just keeping my fingers crossed that you can make a few of those long walks you were thinking about. Have a lovely, lovely long weekend Danielle.

Judith

I have been intending to read Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child for at least three years. I bought it in hardcover, I'm interested in it, and I hope to read it this year. So what holds me back? Reading distractions! New books that captivate me from the start, my Classics Club List, my moods (I'm a mood reader, too), and whatever else.
Always find your posts immensely stimulating. Thank you.
Judith

LizF

There are good things about long wet weekends - you do get chance to do more reading or stitching when you have a valid reason for not going out (and I call the chance of getting sopping wet a VERY good reason - I must have some cat in my ancestry!)
I am reading A Little Life and enjoying it but it has a long line of requests, the due date is in just over a week and it is a pretty big book so I think I might be up against it to get it read in time!
Hope you have a lovely long weekend -weather notwithstanding!

Danielle

I think there are places in the midwest that would happily send rain your way! It's too bad that it is still so dry there! We have ended up having a much sunnier weekend than anticipated and today even it is a little humid--signs of the summer to come!

Danielle

Science fiction and fantasy are two areas I am woefully under-read. I so like dystopian fiction or alternate histories, but I am not sure if those are just their own genres? Like you I have tried so many other different types of reads since blogging--books I would never have even thought to pick up and have really enjoyed trying new books and authors. Which mystery are you reading? That's wild it is your first mystery--but really I can say that about fantasy, too. I have read more graphic novels in the last few years as well. I just finished the last volume of Alx + Ada and liked it very much--I only wish it had not been resolved in just three volumes--now I am back to Saga, which is good, too!

Danielle

Yup, that seems to be the case with me as well. I have gotten in dribs and drabs of reading, but nowhere near what I would have really liked. I did get in some stitching however, so at least I will have lots of progress to share soon.

Danielle

I really liked the few books of Maugham's that I have read and always mean to get back to him and pick up something else. Is the Benning version new? I just discovered that Lady Susan by Jane Austen was made into a movie and is now playing--would love to try and go see it. Robot in the Garden sounds intriguing, so I will look that up as does Books that Go to War--I am a very slow NF reader so I can sympathize--it's great you are chipping away at the book--I am sort of stalled on the NF front right now.

Danielle

It's been a pretty mellow long weekend--and it has even been relatively dry and sunny, so I really can't complain. Is your renovation finished? You need a little break from all that--I hope you have had a good (and quiet) weekend. As for me--there have been a run of Ingrid Bergman films playing so I have seen Spellbound and Notorious this weekend--had not seen either of them and loved them both. I also saw A Bigger Splash that is a dark, thriller-ish sort of drama--foreigners (American and British) behaving badly on this exotic Italian island. Gorgeous scenery, really unlikable characters---to be around people like that would be painful almost, but it was well done.

Danielle

It worked! As I have been able to go out walking each day and as soon as I finish here I will be off for my afternoon walk today. I hope it has been equally sunny where you are. And that you have gotten in a little reading time, too! Why do these vacation days go by so very quickly?!

Danielle

It has been on my own 'must read this now' list for ages and finally I picked it up but it has had to compete with the rest of the books in my ongoing reads pile. I really must get back to it--I have so many started I am almost at a loss now which to pick up! So, I can totally sympathize with those reading distractions. I need to get back to read classics--lots of books appeal, but I always want to make sure I have reading time available to spend on a book, so keep waiting to choose something--when do I have big chunks of reading time?! Many thanks for your kind words, Judith--they made my day! ;)

Danielle

The reading time has only been so-so, but I did get in some good movies and I have even spent a few hours stitching. Amazing how much stitching I can get done in an hour or two, so I hope to get in a bit more today. I will actually have real progress to share in a few days. I have picked up The Impossibility of Love for my next Baileys read--but I want to read A Little Life, too, so I am curious to hear what you make of it. It is just another huge book that I am reluctant to drag about with me, but at least I have a paper copy!

Jeane

It was called The Turquoise Dragon. I liked it okay until it changed pace near the end and pitched more into the mystery and thriller storyline. You can see what I thought of it on my blog... ha.

cathy

Being Julia, the film version of Theater was made in 2004. Having finished the book, I'm not sure I want to jump right in to the movie. It's billed as a comedy/drama & I didn't see much comedy in the book. I'll wait awhile before watching.

Saw that Lady Susan was made into a film that for some reason is called Love & Friendship. It won't be shown anywhere near me, so I've already given the library a heads up to order it when it comes out on dvd. Until then, I've downloaded Lady Susan on my NOOK. It's written in letter form...right up my alley.

LindaY

I think the best way to get into SF is still through the Heinlein juveniles. HAVE SPACESUIT, WILL TRAVEL is my especial favorite. No sparkly vampires, no emo, just an adventurous protagonist who wants to go to the moon and finds his way there unexpectedly, a plucky little girl, a great alien character, and more adventures than you can shake a stick at, as the cliche goes. PODKAYNE OF MARS, RED PLANET, and BETWEEN PLANETS are great, too.

LizF

I knew that I wasn't going to get through A Little Life very quickly so I have given in to temptation and bought a cheap copy of the paperback online because I have been enjoying it although I can't quite put my finger on why!
I rather envy you your humid weather - it has turned very cold here again with strong winds so we are back into sweaters and boots which seems mad since we are almost in June!

Stefanie

Neuromancer, huh? You are jumping in to the deep end of pool! I will be very interested to see what you make of it!

Kathy

The worst part of the renovation is done. We still have a lot of work to do, but a lot of it we'll be doing ourselves, after the new countertop, which will be coming in the next couple of weeks. We can do it at our own speed, so it will be less disruptive. Plus we can take baths and showers in there instead of in the guest bathroom!

Danielle

I'm not familiar with that--I'll have to check it out (and your post, too). Thanks!

Danielle

Renovations are always such messy, dusty affairs, but you will be happy with the work when it is all done. Sounds like the worst part is over at least.

Danielle

Yes, that is why I bought a paper copy. I actually even bought the UK edition as (how shallow of me...) I really dislike the US edition for some reason and didn't want to have to keep looking at it. I like your cover illustration much more. I wish I could bottle up some of the warmth and send it to you. We will soon have plenty of it. They are doing work on the pipes outside my library and so it is frigid inside and I have to go out on breaks to warm up! Nothing like wearing fleece indoors in June! hah.

Danielle

I have heard of that film-I didn't realize it was made from a book. I know what you mean by wanting to have a breather between book and film. I read Lady Susan a few years ago and recall liking it. I should really read it again. I am not sure I will get to the movie before it leaves here, but I see it is an 'Amazon' production so it will stream there eventually and I will catch it then. I love epistolary novels, too!

Danielle

I hadn't even thought of going for YA novels first--what a good idea. I didn't know Heinlein wrote YA books--but then I know so little about the genre. I will see what my library has. I can do without vampires. Except for Dracula I have no desire to read that particular genre. However this book does appeal greatly!

Danielle

Hm. Your comment scares me. Deep end? Maybe I need some shallow water first. Or the baby pool? Are there baby pool sci fi books that I could manage that you would suggest? It was just the sound of the story that appealed--not knowing anything at all about Gibson! Maybe I will definitely work on Day of the Triffids first! ;)

Stefanie

Nah, jump in if you think the story sounds interesting. The book will feel familiar in some ways (Gibson invents the word cyberspace in this book) and possibly a little dated. It might feel a bit chaotic at first but Gibson is a good writer so if you just go with it things will come together. Books like Station Eleven are starter SF, I think you are ready to try something a bit more :)

Danielle

I loved Station Eleven! I have the Gibson sitting by my bed and may dip in but this weekend I am trying to finish (or get close to finishing anyway)another book. I'm not even sure when the Gibson was written--it sounds very ahead of its time and how cool he came up with the word cyberspace--now I am curious about the context of it all!

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