Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sounds of Silence

Reading advocates have touted group reads or "One Book" projects for the past few years. This past weekend we have all been caught up in the biggest "One Book" read ever.

One World, One Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The only sound in the house for the past 24 hours has been some classical music playing very very softly. There have not even been the customary noises out on the street, no lawn mowers or blowers or even cars.

We picked up our books at midnight. Entling no. 3 had a plan and provisions pre-positioned for an all nighter. We got home, she kissed up goodnight and disappeared. Apparently she finished around 8 a.m. Saturday morning because she left us a note in the kitchen, letting us know she had eaten breakfast and now needed time to "rest and process."

After waiting so long, I found I had mixed feelings about opening the book, knowing that this was the end. I read for about an hour after we got home and then went to sleep.

I arose early to continue but was wondering about the remote members of our entwood. Happily, I received a call from Entling no. 1 around 10 a.m. letting me know she had just picked up her copy and had no other plans for the day but reading.

I knew Entling no. 2 had ordered hers so I checked in and was happy to hear Amazon had delivered hers by 8 a.m. because that was when she poked her head out the front door to check. She told me she had her preparations in place for the day ahead.
She since checked in confirming her completion of the book with her comment, "Wasn't it something?"

I was now easy in my mind and fell into the story. I finished about 6 p.m.
Treebeard is more than halfway through.
When he is done, we are planning an entmoot via IM.

Can't wait.

More discussions I am looking forward to:
Mugglenet podcast show 100/101
Scholar's Blog Spoiler Zone in August


Anonymous said...

It truly was something. Something wonderful. Like you, I had mixed feelings about starting it. I almost considered delaying the start, just so it wouldn't really be over, but curiosity won out.

Can't wait to here the comments from the IMoot.

Unknown said...

I did a blog about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yesterday. I didn't reveal the end, but I started that book at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and couldn't put it down until I turned the last page at 3:46 a.m. Sunday. Great book. J.K. Rowling did a fantastic job.

Loved your Entling No. 3's plans and response.

You have a delightful way of writing. I will definitely be back.

Anonymous said...

Just checked out your site for the first time. As a teacher (and one who will be teaching 3 sessions of grade 7 LA next year) This is a good resource. I love children's lit, and apparently you do to. Thanks for all the work you've gone through here!

Camille said...

Thanks for visiting chris.

7th grade know, the ONE thing I hear from my students after they go on to jr. high is..."nobody reads to us anymore." With all the curriculum and objectives that you have to cover I hope you can still find some time to read to them. Since you love children's lit, I bet you do!