Booking Through Thursday #19

Booking Through Thursday

1. Do you get to read as much as you WANT to read?

(I’m guessing #1 is an easy question for everyone?)

2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?

This is another one of those multi-part questions, I find that I really enjoy these ones.  Both questions can be answered quite simple 1. NO 2. YES!

There are so many things that I’d like to read it’s to difficult to say what it is that I’d like to read.  There are classics, enlightening material that could always be used for a great game of Trivial Pursuit.  When it comes to reading there really isn’t anything I don’t want to read.

Unfortunately, I am not getting all the reading in I want to for several reasons and time not really being the problem at this point.  But if all were well and nothing holding me back there is definitely more reading that I’d like to do.  That comes out in the size of the Rockie Mountains I have in my room also known as my TBR pile.

Happy reading.

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To Read or Not to Read?

Well not only have been slaking in my writing here but I’ve also been slipping in my reading.  Now I’m not going to list off a litany of excuses for not reading — although I’m really good with excuses — rather I’ll talk a bit about the new motivation to get lots of reading done.

As you all may or may not already know I’m an employee of the prestigious Startford Shakespeare Festival.  It’s a great place to work and I’ve been off work from a new home grown illness for a number of weeks and wont be back for a while and they seem to be very understanding of the situation which is fantastic!  But a couple of my fellow employees (Eliesha and Kelly) thought it would be a great idea for us to get together and have a book club.  I was thrilled, to say the least, since it’s been a while since I’ve been part of a book club and I really miss being a part (not to mention all the people that are still participating in my former book club in Korea Bookleaves).  From conversations our new book club was and it should be noted that the name is very appropriate for the group.  The name comes from a play on one of the most famous lines from our ’08 production of Hamlet (To Read or Not to Read).

Not only is exciting that a book club has been created but they selected the first book.  Eliesha and Kelly asked everyone to select a book for the group to read and they would select one of the suggestions from a hat.  And low and behold out came Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow and as regular readers would know this my favorite book and it was actually my selection.  So, I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to read this book again and discuss it with this group of readers.

Well now that I got that out of my system I guess I should go and hit the books.  Lots of books to read and very little time.  Happy reading all!

Booking Through Thursday #18

Okay, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve done any writing here but it’s time for that to change. For those of you keeping an eye on things you would know that I’ve been having some health issues and things seem to have changed for a while and I was having chest issues but it’s looking like I’m on the mend.

With that out of the way now I’ll do my entry for Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

1. Do you have a favorite author?
2. Have you read everything he or she has written?
3. Did you LIKE everything?
4. How about a least favorite author?
5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?

Well these are some great questions and I’m excited to answer them and see what everyone else has said.

1. Yes, and for those that are regular reads here at That’s the Book! would know that my favorite author is Douglas Coupland. There are a number of reason for loving this author but the top two would be that he is Canadian and I’ve really come to love Canadian writing and think it’s important to read books from your home country. By reading your nations writers you get a better understanding of who you and your people are. The other reason I’m a fan is because not only is his writing relevant but his stories are different. Many authors tend to tell the same story but not Coupland.

2. No, I haven’t read everything he has written. But I have read almost all of his fiction. Coupland has done both fiction and non-fiction writing which is very exciting. I do hope to get my hands on some of his non-fiction writing and see if I enjoy it.

3. I cannot think of anything that I have read by him that I don’t like. So I guess I could say that for the time being I have enjoyed what I’ve read. Some books not as much but I do enjoy what he writes.

4. I cannot think of an author I don’t like. I may not like a particular book but I don’t hold that against the author.

5. Jane Austin. I think I’ll leave it at that.