Monday, July 12, 2010

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #9

I am now in Longview, WA for my 4-6 week visit at my Mom's. I arrived late Sunday night and slept until late afternoon today. My sister didn't head to bed until after 11pm so I'm really getting a late start on this post.

Begun but not quite finished:

The mind tree : a miraculous child breaks the silence of autism / Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay.

This was one of two Jackson County Library books I brought with me in the car Sunday to read on the way to meet my sister. I intended to send them both back with Ed to be returned along with the 30 some other items. But at last second I decided to hang onto this one so I could finish and then share with my sister who is reading everything she can get her hands on about autism spectrum as her son was recently diagnosed with mild Asberger's syndrome.

I've been reading on the subject for several years because I had planned to give a character in one of my novels high functioning autism or Asberger's.


The Good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ by Pullman, Philip

Finished this one in the car on the way to rendevous with my sister in Rice Hill Sunday. Turned the last page as we entered the truck stop parking lot. Which was good as it has a hold on it so there was no way I could hang onto it. And the Longview system also had queues. I'm hoping I can manage to review it without having it in my hands.

Advanced Bookmarks (and will continue to):

Proust was a neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer

The value of nothing : how to reshape market society and redefine democracy by Raj Patel

The family : the secret fundamentalism at the heart of American power
/ Jeff Sharlet.

Have been reading in these three at home and had to leave them behind but I ordered them form either the Longview or Vancouver libraries on my sister's card. Proust and The Family were waiting for me already but not the Patel which I hope arrives sometime this week.

Returning to:

Losing my religion : how I lost my faith reporting on religion in America--and found unexpected peace / William Lobdellby

Had been reading this a couple weeks ago and it had to go back to library unfinished. It was one of the books I ordered from the Longview library on my sister's card and it was waiting for me when I got here.

The religious case against belief / Carse, James P

This was one of the books I started during my Longview visit last year and checked it out again during my January visit this year. It isn't available in our Jackson County system. It was one of the books already waiting for me last night. I hope to finish it this visit.

The unwritten rules of social relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism /by Grandin, Temple.

This one isn't available in the Jackson County system so I was eager to order it last weekend when I checked on the availability of Grandin titles in the Longview system. It was awaiting me at Mom's house last night.

Will Begin Next:

The hour I first believed / Wally Lamb.

I'd had this checked out at home several weeks ago but had not gotten started before it was time for it to go back. By then it was getting too close to my planned trip to Longview for me to reorder it so when I found a waiting list for The Book Thief at the Longview and Vancouver libraries, I chose this one as the novel to begin next. I ordered it from the Longview library last weekend on my sister's card and it was among the books awaiting me here at Mom's house when I arrived last night.


I've ordered a bunch more books from both the Longview and Vancouver library systems tonight but don't know which, if any, will arrive before next Monday so I'll leave them until they are in my hands to list.

DVD watched:


The West Wing
seasons 4, 5, 6 & 7

Yes I was obsessed with finishing these before I left town. I watched seasons 4 and 5 at 1.2 (or 120%) speed and sped 6 and 7 up to 1.3 (or 130%) I spent 10+ hours each day watching and finished last episode at 5:30 am Sunday morning about five hours before I hit the road. I got about three hours of sleep before I started getting ready to go.

Because I focused on West Wing though I lost my turn with Precious, My Life in Ruins and Motherhood and Bones season 2 disc 5 & 6. Will now have to get back in queue for them.

1 tell me a story:

Cass 7/13/2010 11:52 PM  

Sounds great. Have a great week! :) Happy reading!

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