Sunday Salon: Reading Block

Have been slow in reading lately, due to work and a lot of activities going on until there’s no way in setting aside time to read.  Am trying to finish reading The Pact by Jodi Picoult and send it off to the next reader waiting in line, but keeps putting off reading only a few pages.  The pace is real slow.  It has nothing to do with the book. The subject of the book is interesting – about suicide pact between two teenagers.  I have definitely enjoyed reading it and wanting to know more about what happened next, but just couldn’t continue fast enough.

The other day I had this funny nightmare.  It’s not scary and took only 5mins or less for it to be over.  I was sleeping turning to my right hand side, and suddenly I woke in the middle of the night and found my feet unable to move. I quickly turned over and saw this shadow in the shape of a book hovering above my bed (Haha… my friends laughed at me and said I have spent too much time reading and have become crazy). Perhaps it’s really true I have spent too much time in bookcrossing related activites. Anyway, I hope I’ll soon pick up the momentum in reading, and spend my time more wisely.

I have recently bought some movies which I hope to be able to watch soon – The Amazing Grace, The Other Boleyn Girl (I had read the book), and Blood Diamond about the Sierra Leone war and child soldiers.  Was introduced to this movie by a fellow bookcrosser after reading A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beal.

Sunday Salon: Mr Paddington came to visit

 Someone very polite came knocking on our door yesterday, wearing a floppy hat and carrying a battered suitcase filled with surprises.  He’d travelled all alone from Australia. Was so happy he visited before he goes off again to his next destination we spent the day chatting about his past, where he was originally from and also about the Brown family he stayed with.  He also talked alot about his Aunt Lucy whom he writes to everywhere he goes.  Wow, what an adventurous bear he is. Friendly too.

He brought along an audio CD with 4 stories inside, read by Stephen Fry, which I listened to during bedtime. I really enjoyed it, listening to the details over and over again. The reading was very clear and I like that he could differentiate his voice to represent different characters. I especially enjoyed listening about Paddington performing some magic tricks and another one about having his pic taken by a photographer behind a black box with curtain and him giving the latter a hard stare when he asked for more pennies 😛

This is my first audio book, and find it to be very entertaining indeed. When I feel tired reading word for word in a normal book, i could close my eyes and just listened to the audio instead. I find myself liking Paddington more than the Pooh bear now.