Booking Through Thursday: Current

What are you reading right now? What made you choose it? Are you enjoying it? Would you recommend it? (And, by all means, discuss everything, if you’re reading more than one thing!)

I am currently reading two books. I am rarely read more than one book at a time but since my current read is too heavy to carry around I decided to start reading a second book during my commute.

  1. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: I chose to read this book after seeing the Starz’s Original series based on this book. I really enjoyed the series but figured that 8 episodes was not enough to cover a 900+ pages book. Usually movies or series based on books leave out details so I was not surprised that a lot of details of the story were either changed or omitted. I am more than half way through the book and I am really enjoying it. I would recommend the book especially if you enjoy historical novels.
  2. Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman: I like reading during my commute but carrying The Pillars of the Earth is not practical so I figured I should select another book for my commute. I picked this book because I have been hearing about Emotional Intelligence and this book has been referenced a lot in articles and blogs. I just started but so can’t say how I feel about recommending it yet.

Booking Through Thursday: Day and Night (a little late)

Do you divide your books into day and night reads? How do you decide?

I don’t really have day or night books because I tend to read one book at a time.  But, if I had to decide it would probably be based on the size of the book and how practical it would be to carry around. I have to commute to work so I prefer books that I can carry around because it gives more reading time :).  Currently, I am taking longer than the normal to finish my current selection because I can’t always take it around. I am sure people with e-readers don’t have this problem.

BBAW: First Treasure

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010

What is BBAW? It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week. It official started yesterday so I am a little behind schedule. Yesterday, we were invited to share a great new book blog that we have discovered since last year’s BBWA.

I am new to blogging but I follow a few book blogs. This year, I discovered Book Addiction by Heather. If you have not yet visited her blog do so, you will be pleasantly surprised. I enjoy her reviews because she able to transmit her joy of reading. What keeps me coming back to her blog is that she gets emotionally involved with the stories she reads. I have read a few books based on her reviews and have not been disappointed.

The Pillars of the Earth: Part One

Matthew Macfadyen as Prior Philip
Matthew Macfadyen as Prior Philip in Starz Original's The Pilliars of the Earth

This past week has been busy so I only managed to read Part One of The Pillars of the Earth. The book is 973 pages and too heavy to be carrying everywhere. It has made me seriously consider buying an e-reader. So far the main characters have been introduced. Follett has created characters that are believable and captivating. The main plot of the story has also been established, which is Prior Philip’s and Tom Builder’s dream to build a cathedral for Kingsbridge.

Having seen the Starz series adaptation prior to reading the book I can’t help comparing the actors selected to play the main characters. Although, Ian McShane did an excellent job playing Waleran’s role that is not who I pictured after reading the characters description. I pictured someone more like Alan Rickman. The instant I read about Prior Philip I pictured Matthew Macfadyen! Though, I might be a bit bias towards him. The character’s selected to play Jack and his father are much better looking than Follett describes them. My favorite character’s so far are Ellen, Prior Philip, Jack, and Aliena.

I will keep you guys posted on my progress.

Booking Through Thursday: Disaster

You’ve just dropped your favorite, out-of-print book into a bathtub, ruining it completely … What do you do now?

I don’t read in the bathtub to avoid such situations but I have spilled stuff on a book or two by accident :(. Luckily, those books were not completely ruined. If a book were to get completely ruined I will make every attempt to replace it. However, if the ruined copy has sentimental value it might be irreplaceable especially if it is a gift.

Booking Through Thursday: Film to Paper

Even though it’s usually a mistake (grin) … do movies made out of books make you want to read the original?

Yes, there have been occasions when a movie or series has made me want to read a book. If the movie or series are interesting, I become intrigued and want to know how true to the book it is and what was left out.

Actually, I decided to start reading the The Pillars of the Earth after I watched the series. I had heard good reviews about the book but the size of it has been a turn off. However, after watching the series I knew there were probably a lot of details left out. I can say that so far the book has not disappointed me. But I can also see how I would have been a little disappointed with the series if I had read the book first. On the other hand, I have to admit that the cast for the series was superb and still would have probably enjoined just the same.