Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Spin Cycle: Relax

Earlier tonight (yesterday), before watching NCIS (ah, Cote de Pablo) and Fringe (John Noble kills me) (no more parenthesis, promise)(Ok, I can't really make that promise since I'm mostly winging this and I'm not sure where it's heading) I was over at Unmitigated reading Middle Aged Woman's post on what she's reading. I started to leave a comment about what I was reading but then I couldn't remember the correct name of one of the books and had to go upstairs to write them all down. Then I though, what the hell, I can make a post out of this myself. And then I thought, hey lazy ass, you still haven't done Spin Cycle yet this week (surprise, surprise...oops) two birds with one stone!

This week's Spin is about relaxing, and reading helps me relax. Unless, of course, whatever I'm reading is really REALLY good and I have to read just a few more paragraphs or at least until the end of this section (and here we are again, but I had to mention that I just ran upstairs to ask Supreme Leader for the word to describe a portion of a chapter that tells part of the story but isn't the entirety of the chapter, just a sub story to the chapter but I couldn't think of the name and she totally didn't help at all, just looked at me like I was insane and why am I bothering her during Eli Stone and she's not sure it even has a name but COME ON it has to have a name, doesn't it? Do you know what I'm talking about? Please?)...where was I? Oh ya, so reading relaxes me before bed, unless it's a really good book and I only put it down when my eyes start bleeding or I notice the room is getting brighter.

Wow. Why don't we start fresh down here. Remember reading before kids? Oh, those golden days. No offense to my little angels, but I miss that. Being able to pick up a book any time of day and read it without distraction. Without having to break up a fight, feed someone, kiss something that's hurt, find out why it's so quiet, hand out punishment for why it was so quiet, help battle Imperial Japan/Nazi Germany/the Dark Side/all Super Mario's enemies, take someone to school, bring someone home from school and put somebody on the potty before he pees on the carpet again because even though Elmo has told him that whenever he feels like he needs to go he should stop whatever he's doing and go he still doesn't because, by god, he might miss...well, SOMETHING, dammit! Remember that? So the last thing I do before turning out the light and kissing Supreme Leader is take this little tiny piece of the day that is mine and lose myself in a book. That's my relaxation.

Right now I'm reading Stephen Erikson's Toll of the Hounds which is the 8th book in his Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

If you like fantasy, he is an amazing author, and not just because he's Canadian. The first book in the series is called Gardens of the Moon.

I'm reading four other books at the moment as well, but I've put all of them on hold while I work on Toll of the Hounds. On Hold:

The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon.

The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

I've also got The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie on the bed stand, but I haven't opened it yet. And yes, long time readers, this was the same book Liam peed on.

And now it's after 11pm and I've still barely read any blogs from yesterday and I should be upstairs READING A BOOK! Deep breath... relax...


  1. MIght I also recommend Extremely loud and Incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Great book.

    Oh and there's something else I was going to say...what was it, um, shoot, something to do with, oh, yeah, i remember, FIRST!

  2. Those look like some intense books. I like me some intensity, but I also tend to enjoy mindless fiction. Look for my take on this soon!

  3. Thanks for the comment love! I'm new to this so I get super-psyched with new people reading...yayy!!! I just started reading again after a 2 year slump, thank you Twilight! I think you've given me the best pros for having kids so far, all of them selfish of course...naming things is awesome, I need some new blog fodder...husband and I watching tv isn't much to write about, and we already watch cartoons and play video games...sweet!

  4. reading, what is that? I cannot focus long enough on anything to read anymore, the kids are always interrupting me!

    I love Fringe!

  5. Once the kids require less maintenance you'll be able to read again or drool in your padded room. Either way you'll have quiet time.

    I read so many intense things during the day I tend to go for mindless at night.

    Do you have a cure for the eye bleeding thing?

  6. I love to read but unfortunately, blogging has filled the last few spare minutes of my life.
    I hope to get back to it some day, my life and reading :)

  7. Ooooh...finally someone else who knows about Dawkins! I've never actually read his stuff, but (my fiance) Liam is constantly raving about how cool he is.

  8. How can you read more than one book at a time? Are you some kind of evil genius? I love Michael Chabon's stuff -- haven't read that one yet, though. And papatv, I *loved* Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.


  9. Dang it! I tried to comment, but it didn't work! AGAIN.
    Your list is eclectic. Yeah, I think I wrote that before. Trying to make it through Twilight. Definitely wrote that. The book's angst hurts the eyes. Yup, that about sums it up.
    You're linked!

  10. You are so dang funny. Finding out why it's so quiet. Handing out punishments for why it's so quiet. Um, yeah.

    I was on a total hiatus from reading, other than the occasional gossip celeb mag. Gotta keep up with my friends, ya know? Twilight series. Jen Lancaster. Got me hooked again.

  11. Dude, you have time So jealous. ;)

  12. I try to sneak reading in when the boy isn't looking. I've heard good things about Chabon's book.

  13. God, I love reading. I used to pull all nighters with really good books, but I can't do that anymore.

  14. Oh sister, I've missed you. Wait? What blog is this? I mean, oh, brother, I've missed you. When I want to fall asleep I read my own blog...dull or I have Jeremy tell me high school football stories. Works. Every. Time. Happy reading. Also....I am so fourteenth! Fourteen is the new one. Deal with it PAPA.

  15. I was going to read the whole post and then got distracted by the thought of NCIS. Sorry.

  16. MOTHERFU******!!! I typed out the longest comment on here about Fringe and books and the spin cycle and The Stand and effing Blogger ate it.

  17. I'll check out those books you are reading. But, excuse me, I didn't notice anything about my FAVORITE
    Book that I lent you. Ok, maybe it doesn't look quite as snazzy as some of your books. It once had a front and back cover, and yes at one time all the pages of the story
    were glued together.
    For some of your readers that may be interested the book is
    The Rains Cames, by Louis Bromfield,

    ...and you might have kidlets interupting your readying. I have
    Big Red interrupting my reading or
    TV watching with a verbal rundown
    on the weather for the week.
    Can't make him understand that I
    can look out the window. That's what they ae for.

  18. I think the first thing I'm going to do when my kids are both in elementary school is start reading. I'll be like the reading version of Forest Gump...

  19. Woohoo Fringe and Eli Stone on your TV - I'm right there watching those too. I read also to relax, I have 3 books I'm working on now.


Come on, sailor. I love you long time.