Monday, January 11, 2010

reading 'til I'm sick.....

I ride Trimet to work every day - usually the bus.  It is super convenient, very reliable, earth friendly, and usually allows me to devour whatever book (or blog on the iphone) that I may be obsessed with at the moment.  The only problem is that I tend to get ridiculously car/bus sick.  Every day on the way to and from work I read and read and read right up until I am about to throw up on the passenger in front of me.   Sometimes I actually get all the way to work without having to stop reading and sometimes I only get a couple of miles.  I can't figure it out - I also usually get carsick faster on the way going home than I do on the way into the office.  Anyway, I realize that this is completely weird.  I am not in denial about it, but I just can't help myself when I find a book I love.  I thought I would share my latest spew-worthy and not-so-spew-worthy reading material:

The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas(thank you Courtney - this one was absolutely brilliant!)
This book was crazy and pretty thought provoking - it was about science, faith, the concept of space and time, facing death, and a ton more.  It was completely enjoyable - I couldn't put it down and would highly recommend it. 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
I am a sucker for a good mystery.  Actually, I retract that. I am a mystery whore.  I prefer good to bad, but will happily read anything involving a crime and a solution (hello Patricia Cornwell, right!).  There is something about reading a book by a classic author, though, and this one offered some great plot twists!  

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I am going to get completely lambasted for this, but I couldn't stand this novel.  I love the idea of it - some sort of life tragedy forces a woman to live out her dreams of traveling, eating, spending time meditating, etc, but I just thought this one was so tedious (and completely unspew-worthy).  It came highly recommended, though, so don't take my sourpuss review as gospel. 

I think next on my list is Popco by Scarlett Thomas.  If it is anything like Mr. Y, I will be finished with it in a couple of days, so I am hoping that some of you guys out there might be able to pass on some recommendations - let me know if there is something that is at the top of your book list!  

Also, I just got these two craft books, which will help me on my way to fulfilling my craft more and sew more New Years resolutions.  If anyone has tried any of Lotta's projects below - let me know.  The book seems to be filled with simple, quick and cute projects.  I will keep you posted on the progress.


Happy Monday! 


  1. Thanks for all the fantastic book suggestions. I have a long flight coming up, so I think I'll pick up The End of Mr. Y. As for reading on a bus, or in a car, I cannot do that! I get sick pretty much immediately.
    Have a great day.

  2. Love your honesty. I almost picked up Eat, Pray, Love the other day because it's been so highly recommended but after flipping through it, changed my mind. Wouldn't be the first time I didn't like a book or a movie that everyone else likes~! Or the first time I loved a book or movie that everyone said was horrible. :)

  3. Hmmmm...interesting! That Mr. Y - might have to check that one out!!

  4. I get sick if I read in the car/bus too... I don't comprehend how some people don't! I LOVE the cover of the eat, pray, love book. I'm a judge-a-book-by-its-cover gal & this one I would definitely pick up :)

  5. I didn't like Eat, Pray Love either! I tried to read it, got about 1/3 the way through, and gave up (which I never do). It bored me senseless.

  6. I should check out Simple Sewing.... I have trouble with sewing on buttons!!

    Better stick with the painting ~~

  7. i take tri-met too, but i don't usually get terribly sick on the bus....but i get seriously car sick. i carry bonine motion sickness tablet with me in my purse at all's that bad.

    i was just thinking...wouldn't it be funny if we rode the same tri-met to work every day, or something crazy like that and didn't even know it? i'm sure we don't, but it would be cool nonetheless.

  8. End of Mr. Y is intriguing - thanks for the rec!

    I totally get motion sick in cars/buses. Thank goodness it's easy to read on trains!

  9. I bought the Lotta book for myself a couple of weeks ago. I haven't made anything yet...because I'm like that...but I do want to try that wall organizer soon and put one in every room. Her fabric choices are spot on too--if I'm buying fabric I can't deviate from what she shows. I want it to look exactly like hers :)