Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fourth hour (3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT) ~ REPORT and MINI-CHALLENGE

Title of book(s) I've been reading this hour (hourly # of pages):
..... A Three Dog Life ~ by Abigail Thomas (12 pages)
..... Big Woods ("The Bear") ~ by William Faulkner (10 pages)
..... Total pages this hour = only 22 pages

Books I've read (or dipped into) since I started (total # of pages):
..... A Three Dog Life ~ by Abigail Thomas (182 pages)
..... Big Woods ("The Bear") ~ by William Faulkner (10 pages)
..... Total pages today = 192 pages

Comments about this hour:
..... I finished my first book.
..... I couldn't help myself; I had to type out some reading notes about Faulkner's humor:
(p. 4) Part of Faulkner's description of the pioneer Anglo-Saxon: ... uxorious and polygamous: a married invincible bachelor, dragging his gravid wife and most of the rest of his mother-in-law's family behind him ...
uxorious (adj.) = doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one's wife.
polygamous (adj.) = having more than one mate at a time [ant: monogamous].
gravid (adj.) = in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child" [syn: big].
..... I'm having too much fun with Faulkner's words! Back to reading (must keep reading, must stay focused).
..... Posting updates every hour is eating into my reading time. I may have to change my mind about this.

Time spent reading since my last post (and collectively):
20 minutes (155 minutes = 2 hour + 35 minutes)

Other participants I've visited this hour:
..... Andreea
..... Samantha
..... These are the Readers of Hour 3

Mini-challenge this hour (Hour 4):
Vasily's Challenge: Grab one of your favorite books and post one of your favorite quotes from it.
Oops! I posted this, but forgot to actually DO the mini-challenge, which tells me I'm trying to cover too many things each hour. Because I finished Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life by Abigail Thomas a few days ago, it was close enough to "grab" so I picked this humorous section as one of my favorites:
Her affair
"The funny thing is now she can't remember anything about that afternoon except the Great Dane part. And they weren't even there" (p. 71).
This remembering of something that did NOT happen made me laugh out loud.


N.Vasillis said...

Thanks for the quote!

Jenn & The Cats of Castle Coull said...

I love Abigail Thomas and have A Three Dog Life on my wish list. I love her writing style. Keep up the good work reading and don't forget to enjoy it. :)