07 March 2010

Sunday Salon: Video Games Ate My Reading Time

This past week has been a slow one for me, reading-wise. I've been trying to recover from a head cold which has morphed into a chest cold. Video games have also been taking up most of my leisure time. Not only have I been playing Dance Dance Revolution with M for exercise (lost 2.6 lbs last week -- woo hoo!), but I also developed an urge to play Virtual Villagers 3. After ignoring the tall stack of books on my bedside table for the past week, I'm feeling a little self-imposed pressure to read a few before they have to back to the library.

CURRENTLY READING: I'm still working my way through Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream and Life of Pi. I may finish Scratch Beginnings before the end of the day, but I haven't picked up Life of Pi since I mentioned it last week. As I mentioned, the description of the book didn't entice me to read it, and now that I've read a couple chapters my mind hasn't been changed. I'm committed to finishing it since I am reading it with a partner, but I may have to force it down like castor oil.

ON DECK: I have several non-fiction books on fashion, household management, and language in my stack. My sense, however, is that my readers want to know about the novels, and I have three on hand --

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Casting Spells (Thorndike Press Large Print Romance Series) The Fate of Katherine Carr

I anticipate that they will all be quick reads. The Invention of Hugo Cabret looks like a chunkster, but a good bit of it is illustrations since it is supposed to be part graphic novel. Once I push through Life of Pi, the rest of my stack should be a breeze!


Literary Feline said...

I hope you are feeling better soon, Dani!

Congratulations on the weight loss! I've been playing a little too much game-wise on the computer lately during my down-time and my books are piling up. I think this week I'll have to be better about picking up a book and turning the computer off.

I wish you luck with Life of Pi. I haven't been able to drum up any interest in that one. I do know quite a few people who loved it though. Hopefully you will too once you get more into it.

Have a great week and feel better!

unfinishedperson said...

Well, I'm not going to help you with interest for Life of Pi, because I read it, but wasn't that thrilled by it. Despite that, my parents got me a short story collection by Yann Martel. I still have to crack the spine on it. :)

Kristen said...

Hey good on you for losing weight with DDR. I keep thinking maybe we should get WiiFit for our Wii but then I remember how many other exercise related things I've spent money on and never used and I quickly discard that idea. ;-)

Life of Pi was not one of my favorite reads and while I know it was for many people, it just never grabbed me and made me think "Wow." Hope it picks up for you though.