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5 In 2

It’s absolutely true. I just read 5 books in 8 days. It was raining and cold for the arrival of Summer Solstice and I just decided I was not going to the beach anytime soon, so I pulled on a pair of cozy socks, started the fire and began reading.

Thought I would share my list and link you to some interesting sites and let you decide if you wish to put these on your list of summer reads.

Here Goes…

HOW YOGA WORKS ~by Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally

This is a gentle novel and an intriguing story about how yoga heals the body, mind and spirit. A young woman, a stranger on a journey is arrested for being suspicious and foreign. She is put in a jail cell, until a local magistrate can arrive and decide her fate. This young teacher transforms the little community of people who surround the police headquarters, through her teaching, living the lessons, and enduring all that is pressed upon her. I found it extremely informative – I am going to write more about this book in the future because I have chosen it for my next book group selection.

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH: A TRUE STORY ~ Mitch Albom

This is another story about a power man, well two powerful men in the religious community. Both men have the nickname of REB. The two men are Rabbi Albert Lewis and Pastor Henry Covington.

Albom wrote the book TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE which was a bestseller and made into a movie. He is a sports writer out of Detroit but he has written numerous other books about death and the afterlife. His childhood Rabbi asked him to write and deliver his Eulogy. This turned into eight years of interviews with Lewis and became a study of how a person is called to “God’s” work and how a synagogue or church community is formed and how just such an action transforms a community.

Covington works for the people in the inner city of Detroit and Albom’s Foundation is now assisting his ministry through articles and newspaper columns which provide funds, clothing, and food to the homeless who would be living on the streets.

It is a book about heavenly caregiving.

It is just a very nice read and this coming week we are going to discuss this book at our July Book group.

THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY ~by Stieg Larsson
This is a block buster of a read. Each of the three books must be in the range of 900 pages. I read on my KINDLE so cannot tell you exact numbers. These books were published in 2004 in Sweden and have been made into a mini series there. They are now flying off the shelves here in the USA and of course there is lots of talk about movie deals. Two of the three books I stayed up all night to read cover to cover. I have not done that in ever so long, but they are that good.

The basic premise of the book is about the violence against women in society and throughout history. It has a new heroine style figure, who is far better than Wonder Woman, Brenda Starr or Laura Croft by a long shot . She is of the computer generation and is a mathematical genius. There is a wonderful, powerful review of the books by Luisita Lopez Torregrosa on Politics Daily/ Woman Up

There is murder, mystery, intrigue, Neo Nazi – skinheads, hackers, government corruption and lots of historic facts place into relevant context. The star journalist appears to be Larsson’s alter ego.

I had trouble keeping the names straight and discovered that Nora Ephron wrote a great parody of the books in the New Yorker. Thank you Real Delia for the links in your weekend read post.

I think this will hold me through the next couple of weeks, where I will be shelling peas, rewriting my resume, and watering because summer has arrived – we went from 64F’ ( 27C’) and misty rain to 97F” (34C’)this week.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST

Have you ever stayed up all night to read a book? Do you have a summer book list? What do you like to do when it is a rainy, cold summer day?

I have written about lots of other good books which you can find under recommended reading or the table of contents.

Happy Reading

Looking forward to your comments – they always add so much to the discussion – Thank you

27 Responses to “5 In 2”

  1. J.D. Meier Says:

    Congratulations on your book sprint!

    THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY sounds especially interesting.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Top 10 Lessons in Improving Communication =-.

  2. Tony Single Says:

    Wow! I couldn’t even read one book in a month these days! I fall asleep after a couple of pages every time! Bleh. :(

    Still, I applaud your book sprint too. I shall have to have another crack at the ever growing pile beside my bed. Wish me luck! 😛

  3. Dot Says:

    Glad you got into Larsson. Too bad he’s not around to write more.

  4. Lisa@Practically Intuitive Says:

    WOWZA! I used to devour fiction and now it’s sort of touch-and-go. But your recommendations make me want to pick these up again and see what all the fuss is about.

    I’ve seen and heard much about the Larsson books – and whens something shows up in my life in various separate places, I know there’s a piece in there I need to check out. Hmmm. (Ambles on over to the Amazon to see about ordering these.)

    Thanks for the suggestions. :)
    .-= Lisa@Practically Intuitive´s last blog ..And the winner is- =-.

  5. Talon Says:

    Socks? And a fire???? Please, send some of that cool air north, we could really use it!

    That is just the best way to enjoy a book, Patricia. Or, in your case, many books :)

    Oh, I’ve lost plenty of sleep reading books. As a little girl, I used to have my trusty flashlight so I could continue reading waaay past official lights out. A really good book should make you reluctant to put it down…sleeping always seemed like a boring alternative – lol!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..The dramatic welkin =-.

  6. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Wow, you read a lot. I’m impressed!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..And The “Most Unnecessary Product Award” Goes To… =-.

  7. Mark Says:

    You were on a roll! There is a couple that I have on my reading list and couple I was unaware of. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Mr Fix-it to Mr Vulnerability =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    JD,
    I am sure you would really enjoy the Millennium Trilogy…I would make a bet on that!

  9. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    I can not often read before bedtime because reading turns my brain on to high gear….whereas TV is passive and I fall asleep trying to watch it.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    One of the linked reviews I read said that is writer girl friend was finishing up his last book – maybe there will be more. I am always saving fiction books because I read so many non-fiction. They are really something!

  11. Patricia Says:

    Lisa,
    The girl with the Dragon Tattoo book presented to me 5 or 6 times in one week – when I finished the other two books, I went for the series – Wow it is really a great read.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    Know the flashlight in bed routine intimately! My parents always set limits on my reading, unless I was being annoying – it is one of the freedoms I enjoy being an adult! I have been so fatigued most of my adult years I have not stayed up all night for a long, long time – it was worth it, though I must confess my eyes were burning, blurry tired

  13. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    Yesterday I shelled 12 pounds of peas and got them in the freezer, this is the week of the STP (Seattle to Portland Bike ride) I have all the household chores and the sun if finally shining…all the garden chores too…..The next two weeks I will be lucky to just read some blogs.

    It was like a mini-vacation :)

  14. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Oh I love puttin on socks and sweats on rainy cold days and reading a book, having tea – perfect! Can’t (however) remember the last day I’ve had like that, it’s been a while, darn it! That’s a real reading marathon, lady! Wow! Good for you!
    hugs
    suZen

  15. Patricia Says:

    suzen,
    Yep lots of reading….I bet you are having a sunny warm summer not a windy cold/rainy then one day of 97’F then back to 64′ summer! I may have more book reading days this year than most!

  16. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I’ve got Stieg Larsson’s first book to read .. and I’ve read excellent rave reviews – so I’m looking forward to reading the trilogy .. sometime! The Yoga one looks really interesting .. and that definitely interests me .. as I’d learn so much from it. The Heavenly Caring on .. sounds interesting .. but the first four I’d read first!

    Thanks so much for these succinct reviews .. always good to hear your thoughts .. have a great week .. Hilary

    PS – wet here today .. but I’ve never read through the night – all morning once I’ve woken up .. in my teenage years and loafed reading ..
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..A Century of Aces Afghanistan to Zimbabwe =-.

  17. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    My parents called me a lazy loaf if I read all day and night, plus they had rules about how long I could read per day… I do find most people who have the same training I had in graduate school read just about as much as I do….with being ill I have granted myself more reading time so I don’t think of myself as a lazy person or a loaf…I am doing something productive!

    Glad you liked the reviews and I think you will really enjoy the Larsson books…you may end up staying up a long time :)

  18. jannie Funster Says:

    Oh my goodness yes, I have for sure stayed up all night gripped by books — starting when I was abut 10 years old. Can’t remember any of the titles now, tho. :)

    My Mom called me lazy too for reading so much. used to read while drying the dishes.

    I think you’re PERFECT.

    xoxo
    .-= jannie Funster´s last blog ..Am I The Only One… 3 =-.

  19. Davina Says:

    Patricia,
    I love your taste in reading material. I have stayed up to read a book. It wasn’t all night, but close. It was the last Harry Potter book. I actually waited in line to purchase my copy and read it in less than two days. My motivation, besides loving Harry Potter, was to read it before I found out by accident through the media, what the end of the story was.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Write from the Journal- Paging the Critic =-.

  20. Patricia Says:

    Jannie- reading is so lovely a sport…and makes me feel like I have been on vacation. My eyes don’t love it so much any more…glad to have the KINDLE

  21. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    Our household pre-ordered Harry Potter – one from UK version, so that everyone could read it at the same time….then after 2 days of a reading blitz we would sell our used copies to the neighbors who did not want to be first…..I am amazed at how many adults loved the books as well as children.

    Have you read any of Sharon Shinn’s “Archangel” books – I think there are 5 in that series and they were also all night stands…

  22. Davina Says:

    No I haven’t read the Archangel books. Not heard of them actually. Maybe one day. My list of books to read keeps growing, lol. Thanks, Patricia.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Write from the Journal- Paging the Critic =-.

  23. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    They are excellent reads…maybe I should review them too…Vered’s children are just about to get to the right age to enjoy them….heavenly… :)

  24. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Wow Patricia,

    You do read a lot. I have a small stack of books I’ve flipped through, read a few pages, but not cover to cover. Maybe what I’m missing is the cozy socks and a fire. (That may have to wait since it’s suppose to be in the 80’s for the next five days). ;(

    Happy reading!
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..What If We Had More Time To Blog =-.

  25. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    That was my stack of summer reading and since it was so cold and wet and windy in June, I decided to make my kind of lemonade! now the sunshine is out and the freezer needs filling and Partner and daughter are riding the Seattle to Portland this weekend with a lot of driving for delivery to start and return home….I truly don’t know when I will sit down to read a whole book again. Plus Davina has me working on my resume….my reading days may soon be a thing of the past…

  26. Kara Says:

    I lost so much sleep to the Millenium Trilogy in June! I devoured all of those books, I couldn’t help myself.

    I’d totally recommend them to anyone. Also, I seen the first movie (in Swedish with subtitles) and it is great.

    I mow through good fiction like a chainsaw through butter….

    Kara
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..As Within- So Without =-.

  27. Patricia Says:

    Kara,
    Those books are so amazing….and worth all night stands…how did you do that with small children?

    I see the second movie is playing at the arts theatre in Seattle – too far to go and see…but maybe they will make it to the mail in DVD experience? They are getting so popular here.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Toadly Tickling My Funny Bone =-.