40 Things (24)

Cover of "The Firm"
Cover of The Firm

Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, the next topic is –

24) An “unputdownable” book

I am a pretty slow reader, as a rule.  I think a big reason why it takes time for me to get through a book is that I am a) distracted by other things to read, and b) enjoying every word in a book.  I can’t skim or speed read.  I immerse myself in words.

I remember reading “The Firm” by Grisham in my early 20s.  I had just started my first job out of college and still loved to stay up late and dreaded early mornings.  I read that book in one weekend day, staying up until 4:30 am to finish it, because I knew that if I didn’t devour it it would leak into my week and cause sleeplessness.

I always look forward to reading but it isn’t every book that I read that causes that feeling of happy anticipation at the thought of crawling into bed and reading THAT BOOK.  If you look at my Goodreads list, I believe that every book I rated five stars gave me that feeling.  It stuck with me all day, making chores easier to bear, bringing a smile.  Recently, “Attachments” made me feel that way.  Last summer I devoured “The Girl Who…” books.

It’s such a great feeling…

#24 on my list of 40 things was: Have a memorable New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of those “coupley” holidays that I sometimes dread.  There’s also that great expectation that it’s going to be a spectacular and memorable evening!  I’ve hosted some NYE parties that were a blast and some that were ok.  I’ve gone to movies alone, returning home just in time for the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve shows.  I’ve rented movies and stayed home.  I’ve gone to parties and had a good time.  I’ve gone to see “Dueling Pianos” and drank Jaegermeister from the bottle.

So I’ve had memorable New Year’s Eves before and I will again.  This challenge was to create the intention to make every NYE intentionally memorable.  On the last NYE before my 40th birthday, I realized I’d better do something, so I invited my friends Beth and Doug over (to my mom and dad’s, since that is where I was living at the time) and we ate good food and played Guitar Hero and singing games all night long.  We created a funny band name and had big laughs.  Again, the intention was there so the evening will be remembered.  It would be fun to have some kind of traditional NYE celebration in our family, but every year is different and usually planned at the last minute.  A good thing to look forward to. 🙂

Off to read!

40 Things (9)

Institute of Arts
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Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday and her next question is:

9) A favourite crime fiction book

It isn’t a genre I read often, but I have read some good ones.  On audio I have enjoyed Patricia Cornwell‘s novels about Kay Scarpetta, Diane Mott Davidson’s catering sleuth, and Sue Grafton‘s alphabet novels about Kinsey Milhone.  I remember staying up all night reading John Grisham‘s “The Firm” – I couldn’t sleep until it was done – and feeling just as compelled to read Dan Brown‘s “DaVinci Code.”

#9 on my list was to “go to the Minneapolis Art Institute,” which I did with Deadra and John in April of 2007!  I should make it a yearly pilgrimage, as there is always so much to see in a museum and I just love looking at art.

Off to read!

Monday’s Muse

What are you reading today?
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MizB at Should Be Reading has posed the question:  What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

I think the most recent book I had a hard time putting down was Christopher Cleave’s, “Little Bee.”  I just had to see what was going to become of the people in that book so stayed up waaay past my bedtime to finish the book.  Great book.

I also remember staying up until 4AM to finish John Grisham‘s, “The Firm,” way back in 1993 or 1994.  That felt different, though.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep because my heart was racing and I was filled with suspense.

Ah, good times.

Well, off to read!