Random Factoid #352

15 07 2010

I just finished my first book of summer reading, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer, today.  The first of four.

I really do love to read, and I used to use my free time to do a whole lot more of it.  It’s such a therapeutic thing for me to do, and it’s great for building vocabulary as well.  I have a huge bookshelf in my room filled with shelves of books I haven’t read.  I really do intend to get to them some day, but it’s hard to find the time.

And reading is another thing that gets pushed to the side doing movie blogging (like TV, which I described in Random Factoid #259).  It’s so hard to resist the temptation to get the full satisfaction of watching a plot arc develop in around two hours in a movie, while it takes days and days to read through a book.  Reading a book has less immediate gratification, something I’m constantly told my generation has a problem with.

Just so you know, the blogging may be slowing down a tad so I can finish up my summer reading.  It won’t be too noticeable, but I really do need to get this reading done.


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16 07 2010
Gillian

you left out the most important part! did you like the book? that’s one of my favorite books EVER.

16 07 2010
Marshall

Wait, I didn’t?

I could have sworn I had…anyways, yes, I loved it.

17 07 2010
Simon/Ripley

I loved Everything Is Illuminated, and I’ve had Extremely Loud collecting dust on my shelf for ages. Movies and Netflix are destroying me, dammit.

18 07 2010
Aiden R

Great book! Just finished reading that last month actually. Wasn’t crazy about Everything is Illuminated, but this one was the bomb. What are your other three?

18 07 2010
Marshall

Almost finished with “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell, then it’s on to “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides, and finally a book of my choice, which will either be “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” or a book on England’s Glorious Revolution to get a head start on Modern European History work for next year.

18 07 2010
Whiffer

When I flipped through them, it looked like the man was floating up through the sky. And if I’d had more pictures, he would’ve flown through a window, back into the building, and the smoke would have poured into the hole that the plane was about to come out of…we would have been safe.
– from “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

*breaks down and sobs since the past is still with us*

19 07 2010
Marshall

Wow, I had no idea that everyone loved this book! I’d never even heard of it before this summer…

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