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19th December
written by Steph

Indiespensible #23

The holidays, they are a crazy time, and as such the blog has been suffering. My time has been taken up with planning Minnesotan road trips, bracing myself with all this cold weather, taking motorcycle classes (! But also true! Story to come another day!), and of course attending holly jolly festivities. I am tired, y'all, and as a result my reading has been at the pace of a snail. If we accept that snails can read. And maybe they do. At the rate I'm going, by the time I've finished my next read they probably will be able to read if they already can't. So clearly what I need is another book in my life, this time a 1000 page chunkster in the form of The Instructions by Adam Levin. Normally I'd be a tad p.o'd that it took 10 days to get here by mail, but 'tis the season for parcels being delayed in the mail and really it's not like I've just been sitting around waiting for it to arrive. If I can't even make it through a 250 page book, how am I going to make it through this, I ask you? And yet I am kind of excited for this book... if only I could finish The Wilding (Indiespensible #22)! Along with this lovely tome (which I can use to easily replace 5 lb free weights, right?) came a lovely Powell's tote (you know how I love little birds on things!), an interview with Levin on those notecards that make me feel like a tv news reporter, and a box of chocolate-covered marshmallows from A Little Bit of Sweet, a Portland bakery and sweet shop. Who knows when I will read the book, but I bet you those chocolates don't ever see 2011!


  1. 12/19/2010

    Forget the book…I just want the marshmallows!

  2. 12/20/2010

    Chocolates never do last that long, do they…

  3. 12/20/2010

    I love seeing your Indiespensable posts. I want to join!

  4. 12/20/2010

    It does seem as though they are sending you a lot of chunksters, doesn’t it?? I also love that you got chocolate marshmallows this time around. And the bag rocks as well. I hope that you enjoy all of it, and if I don’t get the chance to mention it at another time, I hope that you and Tony have an amazing holiday season this year!

  5. 12/20/2010

    I too love the vicarious enjoyment of your indiespensable posts!

  6. 12/20/2010

    That is! With books this size, do you usually read short ones in parallel, just to get you motivated?

  7. Pam

    Holy cow…that’s a seriously serious book! Like, how do you read it…do you put it on your desk or can you attempt to curl up with such a thing?? ;O)

  8. 12/23/2010

    @ softdrink: Dude, the marshmallows were such an awesome surprise. They will be gobbled up in the car today, I am sure! (Also, admire my restraint that they have lasted this long!)
    @ Amanda: Chocolates do seem to be cursed… they always run out well before you think they should!
    @ Stephanie: Certainly no regrets about joining on my end! I love my monthly surprises!
    @ zibilee: I know! First Freedom, now The Instructions, which will be the longest book I’ve ever read, I’m sure. If I make it through this, I can no longer claim to be Chunkster averse!
    Happy holidays to you and yours!
    @ rhapsody: I love getting the packages… it’s the keeping up with the (HUGE) books that is bringing me down! 😉
    @ Alex: I am a monogamous reader, so while I’ve never read a book this long, I think I’m just going to have to dive in and get lost in it for a while…
    @ Pam: I have no idea how I am physically going to read this beast. It’s books like these that make me happy for ereaders!

  9. 12/21/2010

    Yummy! The chocolates must devoured ASAP 😉 And wow, that is quite a hefty tome to get through – enjoy it! And can’t wait to hear about the motorcycle lessons – how exciting!!

  10. 12/21/2010

    Don’t you just love these packages? But the book was a little bit of a shocker – the size. Perhaps not anytime soon. Have been reading away but not blogging as much like you but the holiday fun is so much more important, right? Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. 12/21/2010

    Motorcycle classes! Ooh! Even if you don’t get to your new chunkster any time soon, it’ll look impressive on the shelf 🙂

  12. 12/23/2010

    @ Nadia: I feel like waiting until I’m snowbound and without internet is the perfect time to attack this book, so wish me luck! The question remains, if a book that big crushes a book blogger in the wilds of Minnesota, will anyone hear her cries?
    @ Frances: I do love these packages! I am going to try to tackle this hulking brute of a book while with the in-laws but we’ll see how it goes! With all the Xmas cheer going around, reading may be a limited resource. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Frances!
    @ Erin: I will be blogging about motorcycle classes (and their reason) very soon! Well, once we’re back from Minnesota that is… Perhaps it’ll have to wait until 2011! 😉

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