Those of you more athletically inclined than I, have likely participated in a walkathon, a 5k run/walk, or worse yet, a marathon for the more insane among you. My humble congratulations on all those. In my youth I did do a walkathon or two.
I do things differently now. As an introvert. who had a job that required extrovert behaviors, I came home, when I could, to read. Not always possible when I was working, but I am now retired and making up for lost time.
I'm pretty sure most people who read a lot are introverts. If you aren't one, we share some commonality with other introverts. We don't people well, unless we have to. I was a pediatric speech language pathologist, and it was like being an acrobat. Always on, big motions, lots of talking, big playing, with kids who don't communicate well. My hand movements and face motions helped them comprehend what I was saying. So when I arrived home, limp, the last thing I wanted to do was talk. (explains a deeply troubled marriage.....) Introverts don't like crowds, or busy places, or concerts, or festivals (unless it's a book festival! ) and crowded restaurants and bars. Our idea of a good time? A book, a beverage, and peace and quiet.
Readathons are made for introverts.
Readathons. So that's a thing. There are several out there that come to mind that are "famous" and well publicized. There is a readathon every three months or so called #24in48. Simply put, you try to read 24 hours in 48 hours. Typically over a weekend and participants post on "booky" sites, such as Litsy, Goodreads, Library Thing, and even mainstream social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and InstaGram. Prizes are awarded to people who post and get picked randomly.
Another one is Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon at the link below.
The signups are live now and the readathon itself is October 26, 2019. The perfect season for a cuppa and a book. Sign up and see how it goes! I'm already in and will likely try and read A Little Life that weekend. It's been on my shelf for at least three years and there is nothing I like better than a brick of a book, in paperback!
Yep, introverts are a little bit crazy.
, Daisy Jones and the Six is a fictionalized book about a rock band in the 70's in the middle of the era of sex, drugs and Rock and Roll. Prior to reading this book, I had read reviews that glowed with praise about this book. It seems to be loosely based on Fleetwood Mac, but I would say, very loosely based.
The author, who also wrote one of my favorites from last year, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, lost my fan girldom( Is that a word?) on this one. The story, is written as an interview transcript, and I was sensing that was the author's way of introducing the characters. Oh if only. The style continued throughout the book and it made it emotionless and simply put, boring. I kept waiting for it to be funny, like Spinal Tap. It wasn't. I hated Daisy as a character and now regret deeply that I named one of my cats Daisy. It was that bad.
I got deeply weary of the same idiotic situations that are based on observations from managers, former band member, and friends. Ugh. Excesses. sex, deceit, poor decisions, jealousy, drugs, tempers, blah blah blah. I felt it was a lazy book and gimicky, and didn't work for me at all.
One of the worst books this season, in my humble opinion. It's an unpopular opinion to be certain. Taylor Jenkins Reid, the author, owes me one. Until the next book, she is on suspension for my list of favorite authors.
My Dad, Yogi was written by Dale Berra, Yogi's son. It was written as a love letter to his father, who was by all accounts one of the greatest and iconic baseball players to live and play the sport of baseball. It also is one of the most poorly written books I have read. While the story is heartfelt and does portray Yogi, as well as the entire family's history, it is in serious need of major editing. I enjoyed the stories, but it was exceedingly repetitive and in spots, run on.
If this book were edited correctly, I feel it would have an audience. Otherwise, it's destined to be read only by true baseball and Yogi Berra fans and in the bargain bin at Ollie's. I usually am not so harsh with reviews, but I must warn the reader with this one.
Thanks to #NetGallely for the opportunity to review this book prior to publication in exchange for an honest review.
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