Another Thanksgiving weekend has come to a close. Surprisingly, I got more reading accomplished during this Thankfully Reading Weekend than I expected. There were two reasons for that.
1. Even though my in-laws were here celebrating with us, they stayed in a hotel (and took my kids with them!) They’re spending the last few days of the holiday here at our house.
2. I ordered our Thanksgiving dinner from Whole Foods (so, no cooking and minimal cleanup for me). I had to work on Friday, so with only one day off, I didn’t want to spend it in the kitchen. This worked out great and gave me more time to read!
As of Thursday morning, I was on the equivalent of page 300 of The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. I was listening to this on audio to and from work, and I really wanted to finish this. The print version has been on my TBR shelves forever, so thanks to eating a little too much gluten for Thanksgiving leftovers on Friday, I was able to finish most of the remaining 96 pages in the wee small hours of Saturday morning. (They were some of the most gripping 96 pages of the book.)
I also finished The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year Old Boy With Autism by Naoki Higashida (translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell, whose introduction is fantastic). I’ll have a lot more to say about this in my review, but let’s just say this has left me somewhat uneasy. There are a lot of generalizations about people with autism in this book, and as we know, this is a condition where no two people with autism are alike. The Reason I Jump is also a translation and the work of a 13 year old boy, so those factors may be coming into play, too. There’s much to consider here and I still need to process my thoughts on this one.
I’m only 25 pages into it, but this weekend I started Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers by David Perlmutter, MD. I’m curious about this one, as I’m pretty certain I’m gluten sensitive. I’ve definitely noticed that I’ve had less headaches as a result of eating less wheat and gluten. A few months ago, I completely eliminated sugar from my coffee, a huge step for me and one that I don’t even miss.
I’ve been borrowing recent back issues of some magazines from the library (ours gets an incredible selection) and today I finished the October 28 issue of The New Yorker. I also started reading the Winter 2013 edition of Creative Nonfiction, which I’m really enjoying.
Total pages read during Thankfully Reading Weekend 2013: 209!