The Sunday Salon: Literary Ireland

On December 29th, after a semester learning about Irish film, literature, and history, I set off on a two and a half week tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland. I have a lot of issues with travel, so I was delighted to find that I actually enjoyed myself (besides the stomach cramps and Martian death flu, of course) and I spent a lot of time thinking, as well as rushing about from site to site with my tour group. Because we covered so much ground, my coverage of my trip will take up a few posts—three, most likely, but perhaps more if more comes back to me.

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Booking Through Thursday: Break

Do you take breaks while reading a book? Or read it straight through? (And, by breaks, I don’t mean sleeping, eating and going to work; I mean putting it aside for a time while you read something else.)

I initially thought this was such an utterly foreign concept to me, but I realize I’ve been doing it during The Lord of the Rings readalong. I’m trying to tear my way through Last Snow so that I can finish The Two Towers in peace.

I also tend to do this with reading for school, especially plays–I read Waiting for Godot yesterday in the warm sunshine. (It’s better than I remembered, but there’s still this mean and cynical undercurrent that makes me want to reread Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead just to wash the taste out.) However, if I’m not taking a month to read a book, this is usually the only kind of break I take–for school.