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What Are You Reading: May 30, 2011: 05/29/11
This week I met my goal of finishing two volumes of xxxHolic, Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend and Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh. They were all excellent reads.
I only read two picture books this week because my daughter was busy re-reading her favorites. She gave me a whole list of books to check out from the library. Her re-reads include Banana by Ed Vere (review coming), Hattie the Bad by Jane Devlin and LMNO Peas by Keith Baker.
This coming week is my last week off before summer session. I plan to finish The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 19 by Hiromu Arakawa and Finders Keepers by Russ Colchamiro.
For fun I'm reading through (and taking notes from) Navajo Made Easier: A Course in Conversational Navajo by Irvy W. Goossen. It's something I've been interested in learning for about twenty years. My interest was rekindled last year when I was working for the Census. In our bag of forms was a language card that explains what the census is in about two dozen languages. One of those languages is Diné bizaad (Navajo). It's a fascinating language. It's descriptive, tri-gendered like German, and tonal (like Chinese).
Finished Last Week:
Comment #1: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 03:09:40
I hope you're enjoying City of Bones! I somehow own two copies of it and haven't read the book yet... The series is on my must reads list for this summer though.
Comment #2: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:29:30
I am but I'm reading it slowly. It's my current bathroom book, mostly for reading while my youngest takes her bath. I have the whole series on hand and will get them read.
Comment #3: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 05:57:44
Wow! You read quite a few books this week. I loved reading City of Bone! Hope you are enjoying it.
Comment #4: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:33:55
I am. I'll be reading it slowly for a few weeks.
Comment #5: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 06:35:40
Glad last weeks reads were all excellent. The Navajo language book sounds interesting. Hope this week is just as good, happy reading :)
Comment #6: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:37:03
It is. Although I have to chuckle at the book's instructions to take a tape recorder and find a friendly Navajo to help with pronunciation. I live in the wrong part of the world for that to be an option.
Comment #7: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 07:51:35
I really want to read Fullmetal Alchemist...but it is too long and I don't feel like collecting other long series Manga because it's getting too expensive now :(
Comment #8: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:38:15
I haven't bought a single copy of Fullmetal Alchemist. I've been checking them out from my library.
Comment #9: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 08:05:31
I love Judith Kerr. The Tiger Who Came To Tea was one of my favourites growing up. I also loved Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.
Comment #10: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:40:20
I haven't read The Tiger Who Came to Tea or Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.
Comment #11: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 08:38:47
The Lost Hero is on my TBR stack too. I hope to get to it this summer along with The Throne of Fire. I am behind in my Riordan reading. But my summer vacation starts next week and I have hope for lots of reading time. My Monday Report is here. Have a great week!
Comment #12: May 30, 2011 at 12:42:23
Throne of Fire is on my wishlist. My goal for this week is to finish The Lost Hero; I'm so close to done!
Comment #13: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 08:49:39
I'm very curious about Cassandra Clare's books, as I've been seeing them all around. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
Comment #14: May 30, 2011 at 12:44:24
My husband read the entire Mortal Instruments series and liked it. So far the first book is a fun, easy read.
Comment #15: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 09:44:28
You are reading City Of Bones - so jealous!!! I must get to that one some day soon!
Comment #16: May 30, 2011 at 12:46:34
Happy reading when you do.
Comment #17: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 09:45:04
You're learning Navajo for fun? That's cool if slightly overwhelming!
Comment #18: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:47:34
I'm learning the basics of reading it. Pronunciation I'm not even trying for right now. To me it seems easier than learning Chinese or Japanese since it uses the same letters. The only problem is that it's an oral traditional language so it wasn't written down until recently. The way the words are written down are basically transliterations of how the words sound when spoken. But like any language it has dialects and accents. So transcription of the words depends in part on the interpretation of the transcriptionist and of how the words are being spoken.
Comment #19: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 10:43:52
I will have to add Mog the Forgetful Cat to my list to read - I love the title. I love the Rick Riordan books, but I have only read the Percy Jackson series, and not any of the new series. I will watch for your reviews. :)
Comment #20: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:53:04
Mog the Forgetful Cat is the start of a seventeen book series. I think Riordan gets better with each new book he writes.
Comment #21: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 10:53:56
Wow! You are on a role. A lot of great reads you finished this past week and a lot of great reads you're reading this week! I don't know how you do it. :)
Comment #22: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:57:05
Thanks. I have many books going around the house. Most of what I read is short either in page numbers or word count. So they go relatively quickly.
Comment #23: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 11:42:51
Thanks for your well-wishes. Hope you have a good week.
Comment #24: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:59:14
Okay, learning Navajo, now that's impressive! Sometimes I think about brushing up my knowledge of Spanish...Love Daniel Pinkwater (for all ages). I really enjoyed his book reviews on NPR.
Comment #26: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 13:01:25
I took Spanish in school. I've forgotten a lot but I can still understand enough to watch a movie or a TV show. I can also read it fairly decently. Studying a second language is a good metal exercise.
Comment #27: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 15:38:44
Don Quijote is going slow but steady. I figure I'll be finished by the end of summer, but it's only a hope;-)
Comment #28: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 13:05:53
It is a long and complex book. When I last read it took me about five months to read it.
Comment #29: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 16:38:20
I'm waiting for The Lost Hero to come out in paperback, the hardback looks huge!
Comment #30: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 19:12:03
The hardback is 557 pages long and about an inch and half thick at the spine.
Comment #31: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 16:38:28
Navajo made easier sounds cool! My roommate in college was Navajo xD
Comment #32: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 19:13:03
I remember you mentioning that before!
Comment #33: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 16:41:14
I love that you're learning Navajo! It's a language I wouldn't have considered learning for myself, but it sounds absolutely fascinating.
Have a great week!
Comment #34: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 17:18:04
Back as an undergrad I had to do an art history project and while I was researching Navajo symbolism I came across some discussions of the language. It piqued my insterest.
Comment #35: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 16:54:12
Learning Navajo is certainly something different - sounds very interesting.
Have a great week!
Comment #36: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 17:22:05
It is very interesting and tricky at times.
Comment #37: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 18:44:05
You know, LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, is one that I see all over the place and then I always forget to pick up! I really should try reading it some time, it looks so good and if it's in your daughter's re-read pile...then yeah.
Hope you have a fabulous reading week and thanks so much for stopping by earlier!
Comment #38: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 17:24:24
LMNO Peas appeals to both my kids but its my daughter who checks it out most frequently.
Comment #39: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 18:57:54
Oooh City of Bones! I absolutely love that book. :D I'm going to have to reread the series soon...if I ever find any time to do it :P haha
Comment #40: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 17:28:25
I only just started because my husband was monopolizing them.
Comment #41: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 21:18:51
Looks like some great reading. What a cool thing to learn Navajo.
Comment #42: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 17:31:11
It's a fun project.
Comment #43: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 21:29:06
I will have to check out these books, never heard of most of them. I usually read literary fiction. But, I will check these out. Thanks for stopping by.
Comment #44: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 17:32:12
It's nice to read outside of one's comfort zone every now and again.
Comment #45: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 21:41:06
I want to know more about this trigender language thing...Never heard that expression until just now.
I know a little Spanish - but not enough to carry on a conversation. Just enough to swear. LOL and give commands.
Comment #46: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 17:33:14
Spanish has masculine and feminine nouns. German has mascuine, feminine and neuter. Der, die and das. German nouns when pluralized also use die. But the word for miss or young girl is das mädchen which is neuter. Navajo has something similar but I'm not quite sure how the rules work yet. I'm just aware that they are there.
Comment #47: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 21:53:06
You did good. Come, have a look at what I read last week! Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!
Comment #48: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 19:37:15
Thanks! I was by earlier. Happy reading.
Comment #49: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 18:41:08
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Hope you enjoy City of Bones. The Lost Hero is on my TBR list. Hopefully I'll get to it soon.
Comment #50: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 19:38:24
The Lost Hero is a fun book. There are some scenes right near where I live which makes it extra special.
Comment #51: Monday, May, 30, 2011 at 23:04:53
The Dancing Pancake??? Have to get more info on that one!
Comment #52: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:35:30
The Dancing Pancake is a middle grade story of a mother and daughter and extended family setting up a restaurant. It's told in a series of very short free verse poems.
Comment #53: Tuesday, May, 31, 2011 at 01:25:54
I added Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend to my TBR list, it sounds so funny, at least based on that title. Hopefully it is :)
Hope you have a fabulous week before summer classes start!
Comment #54: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:39:12
It has funny moments but it's actually heartbreaking and heartwarming and thought provoking too.
Comment #55: Tuesday, May, 31, 2011 at 10:28:18
Oh well, maybe I should give it until September then and see how far I've gotten:-)
Comment #56: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:40:02
Yes. Keep going. Happy reading!
Comment #57: Tuesday, May, 31, 2011 at 11:25:57
8 books a week...oh how I wish. I'm interested in City of Bones. Nice mix of books
Comment #58: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:41:12
Manga and picture books are short. This week though, I've barely read anything.
Comment #59: Tuesday, May, 31, 2011 at 11:51:17
Love Cassandra Clare and TMI is one of my favorite series. Hope you enjoy it!
Comment #60: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:44:15
I am enjoying it.
Comment #61: Tuesday, May, 31, 2011 at 16:58:20
Comment #62: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:45:05
He will be soon enough.
Comment #63: Wednesday, June, 1, 2011 at 13:48:42
Nice set of books you have there! Enjoy your reading!
Comment #64: Friday, June 3, 2011 at 23:35:34
Thank you. I have been!