Going Cross-Eyed From So Much Reading

Friday afternoon Nefarious and I finished reading The Half Blood Prince, which took us less time than the — 42:37 hours for that one — since we read faster and it’s a significantly shorter book and we completed it inside 27:51 hours. I’m sure that number will shrink too, because right now I haven’t gone through the video to make sure it’s correct, and I’m sure there are videos of playing games and other non-reading activities in the pile. We watched the matching movie tonight, and our “reading comprehension” activity was identifying all the major ways in which the movie diverges from the book. There are a lot, and it’s actually pretty surprising how significant these liberties are. Perhaps she wrote the “make it fit in two and a half hours” script — down from five hours if not more I’m sure — but if not I’d be kind of pissed off about the changes if I was her. I can see why she insisted that the final book be shot as a two-part movie, so as to ensure as much accuracy as is achievable…


I don’t know what we’ll do when we get through The Deathly Hallows which we read after the movie — in part to distract from the potentially nightmare causing scene of the Inferi (scrawny horrible water-logged pale gollum-zombie things). We turned out all the lights to make it even more fun…


  1. Allahkat wrote:

    I recommend the Dark Materials trilogy for when you finish Harry Potter.

    Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink
  2. Ooh I second that recommendation Allahkat.

    Sounds like you guys are having a great summer. :)

    Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  3. HighlyRefinedPirate wrote:

    Upon finishing “The Deathly Hollows”, I knew that had to be a two-parter. From what I understand, the sixth film left some parts out and plans to carry them into the final film(s). As for new books, I grew up on Roald Dahl, but it sounds like those might be too juvenile for your daughter. She seems almost too grown up for those, despite her age.

    Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  4. Shannon wrote:

    Yes, we’re read James and the Giant Peach and the Wonka books…

    Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  5. HighlyRefinedPirate wrote:

    Shannon, as someone whose opinion I very much respect when it comes to technology, what’s your thoughts on the new Kindle vs. the Barnes and Noble Nook? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated (from Shannon or anyone else tech savvy out there)!

    Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  6. Shannon wrote:

    Well, I don’t feel qualified to give you a very in-depth comparison, but I’ve been VERY happy with my Kindle. Sorry… But if you have any specific questions I can try and answer them.

    Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Permalink
  7. HighlyRefinedPirate wrote:

    Oh I wasn’t looking for a CNET review or anything, but I don’t know anyone who owns one. Wasn’t sure if you had maybe compared the two when you were purchasing yours. Does your Kindle have 3G? The salesman at Barnes and Noble mentioned that the WiFi drains the battery quite a bit and the cost of the upgrade is not significant. I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to respond to this.

    Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink
  8. Shannon wrote:

    Yes, it has 3G and I *love* that feature, having the ability to download books anywhere for free, visit the store for free, as well as some websites for free…

    Monday, August 2, 2010 at 7:19 am | Permalink
  9. lauren wrote:

    try the suzanne collins’ triology, the hunger games, catching fire, and the third to be released this month – mockingjay…. there is a movie coming out for the first book allowing more compare and contrast – lots of fantastic topics for activities can come from this first book.

    Monday, August 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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