Thankfully Reading Weekend 2013: The Wrap-Up

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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!

The Devil in the White CityAs 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.)

The Reason I JumpI 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.

Grain Brain

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!

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2 thoughts on “Thankfully Reading Weekend 2013: The Wrap-Up

  1. Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

    I was out of town the entire week of Thanksgiving with just my kids and husband. I also didn’t open my laptop the entire week…and because I didn’t cook or clean anything I was able to read 9 books in one week! 9!! It was one of the most relaxing weeks of my life and one of the most inspiring when it comes to my goals of writing a really fun to read, enjoyable novel. I could really relate to your joy in getting these two books read!!!

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