24 January 2010

Asia Trip 30: The LAST vacation post! My reading...

I have already reviewed all of the books I read while we were away. I lugged the gigantic War and Peace many, many miles and didn't make much headway.  And I read the first 100 pages or so back in early December, so although I remembered what happened, I started to get confused by who was who. So I took some time to go back through and make a little chart to help me keep everyone straight.

Showing a bit of leg reading Maggie O'Farrell's The Distance Between Us.

I know, I know, I am defiling this copy of Her Fearful Symmetry. But I was so sleepy I fell asleep before I could locate a bookmark.


  1. Thanks for the tip when reading War & Peace.. I'll do that. :)

    Your photos are beautiful. I didn't get to comment in all of them but I read all your posts with your photo trips. I loved seeing the coconut trees which I miss..

    I also love the photos of you sleeping (with books of course) he he..

  2. I am finding W&P quite confusing too! Fortunately my copy has a list of characters and how they're related at the front - I have had to turn to it several times!! Love all your holiday pics.

  3. That's a very neat chart! I've re-read Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine many times but I have to draft a new chart each time to remember who is related to who. Stunning photos of your travels.

  4. Claire: My problem with W&P is that I let almost a month go by after reading the first 100 pages, so when I picked it up again I got a little confused.

    Skirmishofwit: My copy has the character list as well, but it doesn't give enough info to really remember character traits that are helpful in later chapters.

    Vintage Reading: I think I have only read one Erdrich book back in college. I don't think it was Love Medicine. It was before I started keeping track of the books I read so I don't remember for sure.

  5. What a wonderful trip! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photographs and giving me some armchair travel.
    I have never read War and Peace and commend you on lugging it along.

  6. Your War and Peace chart is quite possibly the geekiest thing I've ever seen. Love it!

  7. Georgia: I am so glad you enjoyed them. It would be so much to see you again, but I so rarely make it back to Minnesota. I am keeping you and New Richmond in mind however...

    Overdue: Guilty as charged. The resort we were staying at had this lovely pad of sketch paper. And since I have no artistic talent this was the best use I could think of.

  8. Nearly fifteen years ago, I dragged War and Peace all over Hawai'i with me (and still didn't manage to finish it there). I could have used your chart, I think. I liked it a lot, but ultimately decided I liked Anna Karenina better.

  9. Thanks for taking us along on your trip with wonderful commentary and photos. We went on a 2 week tour of Thailand several years ago. The tour wasn't for us (too organized) so we dropped out after four days and rented a car. It saved the vacation.

  10. Emily: I did like Anna K. so fingers crossed. Having lived in Hawai'i for two years I appreciate your use of the accent mark. :)

    Rob: We aren't big on tours either. But renting a car in Thailand? That shows an adventurous spirit that I don't have. Good for you.


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