Asia Trip 30: The LAST vacation post! My reading…

I have already reviewed all of the books I read while we were away. I lugged the gigantic War and Peace many, many miles and didn’t make much headway.  And I read the first 100 pages or so back in early December, so although I remembered what happened, I started to get confused by who was who. So I took some time to go back through and make a little chart to help me keep everyone straight.

Showing a bit of leg reading Maggie O’Farrell’s The Distance Between Us.
I know, I know, I am defiling this copy of Her Fearful Symmetry. But I was so sleepy I fell asleep before I could locate a bookmark.

10 thoughts on “Asia Trip 30: The LAST vacation post! My reading…

  1. claire January 24, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    Thanks for the tip when reading War & Peace.. I'll do that. :)

    Your photos are beautiful. I didn't get to comment in all of them but I read all your posts with your photo trips. I loved seeing the coconut trees which I miss..

    I also love the photos of you sleeping (with books of course) he he..


  2. skirmishofwit January 24, 2010 / 5:49 pm

    I am finding W&P quite confusing too! Fortunately my copy has a list of characters and how they're related at the front – I have had to turn to it several times!! Love all your holiday pics.


  3. Vintage Reading January 24, 2010 / 7:31 pm

    That's a very neat chart! I've re-read Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine many times but I have to draft a new chart each time to remember who is related to who. Stunning photos of your travels.


  4. Thomas at My Porch January 24, 2010 / 10:38 pm

    Claire: My problem with W&P is that I let almost a month go by after reading the first 100 pages, so when I picked it up again I got a little confused.

    Skirmishofwit: My copy has the character list as well, but it doesn't give enough info to really remember character traits that are helpful in later chapters.

    Vintage Reading: I think I have only read one Erdrich book back in college. I don't think it was Love Medicine. It was before I started keeping track of the books I read so I don't remember for sure.


  5. Georgia Jones January 25, 2010 / 11:24 am

    What a wonderful trip! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photographs and giving me some armchair travel.
    I have never read War and Peace and commend you on lugging it along.


  6. Overdue January 25, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    Your War and Peace chart is quite possibly the geekiest thing I've ever seen. Love it!


  7. Thomas at My Porch January 25, 2010 / 6:57 pm

    Georgia: I am so glad you enjoyed them. It would be so much to see you again, but I so rarely make it back to Minnesota. I am keeping you and New Richmond in mind however…

    Overdue: Guilty as charged. The resort we were staying at had this lovely pad of sketch paper. And since I have no artistic talent this was the best use I could think of.


  8. Emily Barton January 26, 2010 / 2:17 pm

    Nearly fifteen years ago, I dragged War and Peace all over Hawai'i with me (and still didn't manage to finish it there). I could have used your chart, I think. I liked it a lot, but ultimately decided I liked Anna Karenina better.


  9. Rob January 26, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    Thanks for taking us along on your trip with wonderful commentary and photos. We went on a 2 week tour of Thailand several years ago. The tour wasn't for us (too organized) so we dropped out after four days and rented a car. It saved the vacation.


  10. Thomas at My Porch January 26, 2010 / 9:17 pm

    Emily: I did like Anna K. so fingers crossed. Having lived in Hawai'i for two years I appreciate your use of the accent mark. :)

    Rob: We aren't big on tours either. But renting a car in Thailand? That shows an adventurous spirit that I don't have. Good for you.


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