Bogged Down By Books

Although I love reading, I only have time make time for it right before bed. My usual routine is to curl up with my book and read until I feel sleepy. On a good night, I’ll get in 10-15 pages; usually I manage 3-5 pages before my eyelids start drooping, and that’s the end of that. So yes, completing a novel is a long and slow process.

I love when I am in the midst of a really gripping book, though, and totally look forward to going to bed just so I can read. When I was reading Wally Lamb’s The Hour I First Believed, back in the winter, I’d get totally excited about bedtime because I couldn’t wait to continue the story!

Right now, I am in a reading slump. Here’s the situation:

1) Looking to incorporate some meditation and personal reflection time to my night routine, I started reading the Book of Proverbs, following the suggestion from Dear Dad. I cover one chapter a night before I get to my novel. Reading an entire book of the Bible, chapter by chapter, would be a New Experience! That’s not my only motivation, though. 🙂 I’m now on Chapter 12. To be honest, I’m finding it slow-going. I’m going to stick with it, though, and hopefully Solomon’s writing will start to resonate with me very shortly.

i think part of the problem is the "revised standard version" i am reading (i've had this Bible since my early teens) - the language is rather formal

2) I started reading “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” in Aruba. That was over a month ago. I am on page 129, as of last night. Sadly, this memoir by Chelsea Handler is not as funny as I had anticipated. She’s crude and rude, and the stories she shares are kind of sad, more than funny. I keep hoping that the next chapter/anecdote will be funnier…so far that’s not the case.

going to keep on chugging til i finish with poor chelsea...

3) I started this book BEFORE I went to Aruba!…

i LOVED "the corrections," also by janathan franzen, from a few years ago

I made it to page 197 before I left on the trip (out of 562 pages) and have not picked it up since. I’ve lost all momentum for this one. You know, I think I am going to have to close the book, and start again at page one. I had such high hopes for this novel!!! [I know I mentioned excited anticipation for it at least once in a post, way back in January or February…won’t bother to search for that right now…] I really, really want to love it! So if I restart, maybe I can get into a flow. What I should do is get to bed 15-30 minutes earlier each night so that I have more reading time…good in theory, but I’m likely to just fall asleep earlier!

Once I get finished with Chelsea and Freedom, I’m love to tackle:

Irma Voth by Miriam Toews (here‘s the Globe and Mail review; I loved A Complicated Kindness, was luke-warm about The Flying Troutmans)

Irma Voth, by Miriam Toews, Knopf Canada, 255 pages, $29.95

Most likely, I will put this novel on my Christmas list – think I can finish my current reads by December?!

What are you reading right now? Enjoyable or a slog? Usually, I follow the 50 page rule: if a book does not grab me within the first 50 pages, I cast it aside. Since both Chelsea and Freedom were gifts, I really want to finish them!



And After!

Yup, yesterday it was time for my annual-ish hair cut! To be frank, I take no little interest in hairstyle. But the spring weather inspired me to get the mop cleaned up. AND, I got the vibe to try some little bangs again! Small change, but still a bit of an update. So far, I really like them!

How often do you get your hair cut/coloured/styled? Is hair care important to you?


Remember last Tuesday when I went out for a bloggie lunch date with Odette and Angela?

me, angela and odette at thrive juice bar

Well, Angela is celebrating her one year Bloggiversary with a Giveaway Contest! Click here if you’d like to enter the contest! She’s offering a cool assortment of treats to the lucky winner!

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  • odetteansell  On April 13, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Good for you for taking on reading The Bible before bed!! That is quite a task, but such a rewarding one 🙂 And I love the bangs- so great for Spring!!! I’m going to be posting on my blog this week about a book I’m reading called Born to Run that my good friend lent me. It’s so fantastic- when you finish your long list of current reads, you should check it out!! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

      thanks, odette! yes, spring is a good time to make a little hair switch! 🙂 oh, i’ve read Born to Run, and it’s quite an inspiring read, isn’t it! i’ll look forward to seeing your review!

  • Amanda  On April 13, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I just finished two really great books: Water for Elephants and The Help, both were the kind of books that I couldn’t put down once I picked up, definitely the sign of a good book! I have been looking for another book to start and was actually thinking of working my way through the Bible as well, I think that’s a great idea! 🙂

    Your hair looks super cute, love the bangs! I usually let mine go WAY too long between cuts, and my stylist gets aggravated at me LOL. In fact I am in bad need of a trim right now, may have to do that soon!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

      oh, i can’t WAIT to read The Help! my mom has read it and has a copy so i just need to borrow it from her. did you see there is going to be a movie of Water for Elephants? i forget when it opens… haha – add “appt with stylist” to your To Do list today!

  • Johanna  On April 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I like the bangs, Cath! My violent cowlick forbids me from attempting such things but I always deeply admire them on others. 🙂

    I’m reading Margaret Trudeau’s autobiography “Changing my mind”. I’m enjoying it but have been plugging away at it for a while. I don’t even manage to pick up a book every evening so the fact that I’ve had to renew it once already is no surprise. I like it and want to keep at it because it really is quite interesting but it’s not a riveting page turner either. Too good to give up on, not good enough to make me read it quickly!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 13, 2011 at 5:13 am

      ah, yes, you are in a conundrum with that book. i find that with biographies: they’re good but not spellbinding. i guess we could always each bring a book tomorrow eve, and sit and read together (not!). 🙂

  • Dorry  On April 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I’m reading Good to Great – and same as you, I read before bed which means I read for a few minutes and then I’m sleepy. I love reading my bible -I have The Message, which is a great modern translation that I love. Much easier to read. 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      yes, we really should stick to 200 page novels in order to get books completed in due time, right dorry?! thanks for the recommendation on The Message – just what my friend gina suggested, too! i do think i need another version… i’ve heard positive reviews of good to great – i like a mix of fiction and non, so i will add it to my list for inspirational reading!

  • Zo  On April 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve neglected my book reading to start getting my magazine pile down. I just got through all my “April” issues the other day…and the first “May” (Real Simple) was waiting for me!

    I like the bangs. I get my hair cut once every 3’s pretty important since I have curly hair and bad things happen with a bad cut! But, I have also come to accept some of the maintenance that comes with wanting to bring out the curl.

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      nice work on the magazine reading! i really like “real simple” – i’ve never subscribed, but it’s a good read, lots of variety. i’ve always wanted naturally curly hair – we always wish for what we don’t have, don’t we!

  • Julie  On April 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Okay — this is going to sound weird — but try reading Proverbs aloud. I went through a personal goal to read the whole Bible, but couldn’t concentrate unless I read one chapter (and only one!!) and aloud. I would also do that twice a day and do a different book each time. I did meet my goal, but haven’t picked it up again!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      wow, julie, that is quite an accomplishment to read the whole Bible. i really commend you for that. i do remember, now, that you did that – i think it was when you referenced “100 books everyone should read in life” or something like that, on facebook. i love the suggestion to read out loud – that will really help with flow/sense of poetry. i, too, like to go one chapter at a time!

  • Gina Unger  On April 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Great bangs! Lookin’ good for Spring! I had them once or twice and loved them… but so much work for me and I need an EASY hairstyle for my lifestyle!
    I just told Jeff yesterday that I am going to abandon a slow-moving novel and he can just tell me the ending instead! I feel like such a cheater, but time is gold to me and I want to LOVE what I’m reading and not just finish b/c I started it (what my old self would do).
    RE: the bible… try the version “The Message”… very interesting to read b/c it is in everyday language. I really like it. But I supplement it with a few other versions to get the full picture (TEV, NIV, NLT). I just recently started reading William Barclay’s commentary whenever I get to scripture that doesn’t “speak” to me (he gives the background and explains a lot more).

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      thanks, g! i love this: “why don’t you just TELL me the ending!” haha! yes, that’s a timesaver! thanks for the tip on seeking out “The Message” – i do think i need a more reader-friendly version. and i like the idea of using a reader’s companion (the william barclay commentary). i appreciate your suggestions!

  • Johanna B  On April 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Great haircut.

    I average about one novel a week. My most recent was “Bones” by Jonathan Kellerman who happens to be one of my favorite authors. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t watch TV and read at the same time so recently I decided that reading is more important to me than TV. Therefore, I turn off the TV and simply enjoy my book (except for a few of my favorite shows and during those times I put down my reading material).

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      good choice, johanna! i’ve read a few jonathan kellermans in the past (mom is a big fan, too) – certainly a captivating writer! thumbs up on choosing a book over tv…there’s definitely a time and place for both diversions, but it’s cool pick a book over tv sometimes! i can’t watch tv + read at the same time, either…although i can knit and watch or knit and read!

  • Kalli  On April 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

    you look great! love the bangs….

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg  On April 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Cute haircut! When I cut my bangs last Nov I kept them for a few weeks but I’ve grown them out since then. I just didn’t like them as much as I had hoped.

    What am I reading right now — eek, nothing!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

      thanks, holly! yes, like you, we shall see if i grow them out again or keep them…depends if i can trim them up myself! you’re funny! i thought for sure you’d have a book on the go right now! hope you start reading something soon – i always enjoy your book reviews!

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