Category Archives: Thoughts and other Miscellany

Pregnant with the Great American Novel

This was too funny not to share. Brenna over at Book Riot has written a post about being “pregnant with the Great American Novel” which is worth a read.

Week 22: According to the doctor, the manuscript has just developed taste, so take that New York Times. I’m pretty uncomfortable all the time but I’ve gained three cup sizes, which is great except that my coffee doesn’t fit in the holder in my Suzuki anymore.”


Between waiting for Baby RWT to make a (delayed) appearance, and the imminent start of the cricket World Cup in Australia, things are pretty slow around here. I read 200 pages of a book the other day. That’s about it.

So… I bring you this GEM of a word, courtesy of @InterestingLit on Twitter:

reading on public transportThankfully this ghastly affliction is mostly behind us these days with Kindle apps on our phones and (if nothing better) free newspapers everywhere, but… such a good word.


Top Ten Tuesday – I can’t believe I haven’t read…


February 3: I can’t believe I haven’t read (from X genre)…

I’m generalising to “I can’t believe I haven’t read” – i.e. non-genre specific.

1. Anything by Tolstoy, Waugh or Woolf. See my “I really must read the classics” list.

2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Well, I can believe I haven’t read this, because every time I try to read it, I get three pages in and it says “refer to all the things that happened in the Hobbit” so I go to read the Hobbit and I get so BORED.

3. Before I Go To SleepGone Girl and The Girl on the Train – all of which I own.

4. My huge collections of Sue Grafton, Clive Cussler and Elizabeth Peters books.

5. Wolf Hall, which I borrowed from the Musician about 5 years ago.

6. Anything by Ian Rankin. I own about 5-6 of his, but have never opened one.

7. Similarly, most of the books I own by Bill Bryson. I love his writing (see my reviews of his books on Australia and Britain). Why haven’t I read the rest?

8. My grandfather’s book Out of the West. We’re coming up to the 5th anniversary of his death, and I still haven’t cracked the spine of this monster of an agricultural study.

9. The Bible from start to finish.

10. In fact, I can just generalise this list to ALL THE BOOKS I OWN because there are so many of them!

Monthly round-up of January

I did not read a single book in January. What is wrong with me?? This is a very sad situation. Even more sad than Dr Who standing in the rain.


Hopefully it will pick up in February!

The Sunday Salon – Slumpy


Really, really tired. I don’t know how I could have gone back to work this week – so I have no idea how anyone keeps working to 38 weeks of pregnancy or similar!

Have read a little bit… kept listening to Dreams from my Father, which has slid into a political bit that I’m not so interested in. Can’t quite bring myself to pick up Death on the Cherwell again (I’m about 60 pages in), even though I know I should just make a decision, either keep reading it or give up on it. And started on Steven Saylor’s Roman Blood which is ok, though a bit over-detailed for my liking. I think part of the problem with my reading at the moment is me – my concentration span is close to zero.
Other stuff this week… really not very much. I went to some classes at the hospital and the local NCT group. We played our usual pub quiz and came 3rd like we often do (no prize). I’ve watched a lot of cricket (the 4th Test match between Australia and India, endless Big Bash games…). I’m hoping to see Mockingjay Part I with a friend tonight but it depends on both of us staying awake until 8.10pm, which is in doubt.
I spilt water on my laptop just after Christmas and it seems to have mostly recovered, but some of the keys are still a bit uncooperative, like the Z key. Which means I occasionally have to remember how to type on a German keyboard setting (the easiest way to get to a Z is to change the keyboard setting to German, which switches the Y and Z from an English setting). Might have to go into work next week for an hour or so to get it fixed!

Linky stuff for Saturday

Because… why not.

Jamie has some thoughts on the Sacrificial Lamb Book – you know, the one you read after you read a brilliant book, that you know you’re not going to love. At time of writing this, I read The Patron Saint of Liars in a day yesterday and am scared to open another book because I know I won’t love it as much. So naturally I’m blogging loads and listening to The Physicist watch Transformers 4 (obviously I’m not going to watch it…)

Amanda has some thoughts on “Have Babies, Keep Reading“. It’s a bit sweary for me, but I totally agree with the sentiment. Someone please remind me of it in February when I’m losing my mind about socks.

Over at the Worm Hole there are some thoughts on planning out your reading for the month. I’ve never really managed to do this although I would like to – I’m sort of the opposite of the opinion being expressed here. What do you think?

I love to read while on public transport. Particularly something really engrossing for when I have to get in a Flying Tube of Doom (the rest of you call them aeroplanes), but a really long train ride is the best. I read the first Hunger Games book on the London to Lancaster train (2 hrs and 20 minutes, since you ask) and was barely coherent when I got off. I have relished train travel to visit Ma and Pa Physicist because it’s 4 1/2 hours of uninterrupted reading time. Particularly if I splurge on First Class – then they bring you unlimited tea as well. People don’t normally try to talk to me on planes and trains (do I give off a particularly unfriendly vibe?) – but Book Riot has some tips on how to be left alone if people often bug you while you’re trying to read.

And finally – 35 Things To Do with All Those Books. The title says it all. I am a huge fan of #8, #15 (particularly the reading nook), a little bit of #28, and #34 is standard in this house.

Harry Potter by people who’ve never read it

This is too good not to be shared around the internet.

(I originally found it here)


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