Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series events will be listed here. Next event:


Austin novelist, Jeff Abbott, will return to the Georgetown Public Library to speak at the Hill Country Authors Series on Wednesday, January 31st at 2 PM. Abbott’s first appearance here was in 2012; this time he’ll discuss his fourteenth novel, Blame, published July, 2017, to critical acclaim. Known as one of the best thriller writers in the business, his latest effort was described by fellow thriller author, Harlan Coben, as “the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."

Bestsellers around the world, Jeff's novels are thrillers that center on ordinary people caught up in sudden, unexpected nightmares, often related to secrets in their past. They combine high-stakes intrigue with emotional punch.

In Blame an amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott’s tense psychological thriller. Froom Kirkus Review: “The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast; as Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn’t trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. “

A Rice University graduate with a degree in History and English, Abbott worked as a creative director at an advertising agency for more than eleven years, as he continued to write novels. He left that job in 2005 in order to write full-time after the success of his thriller, Panic. Three of his novels have been optioned for film, and are in script development.

He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award.

The event begins at 2 pm at the library located at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown; the doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online (link here) beginning December 1 at the special online price of $13.00. Tickets will go on sale in the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library on January 2, 2018 for $15.00, $18 at the door. Tickets are also available from the Wow!mobile, the bookmobile that services Georgetown. Contact Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974 for more information.

A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.


The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Speedreading: Good or Bad?

This morning, in my daily email of the column, A.Word.A.Day, from, I noticed this quote: To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry. -Vilhelm Ekelund, poet (1880-1949). This struck me as a new sentiment to be appearing in a quote, old as it is. Mostly, it's a concept that isn't often discussed in the media. A typical quote given at the end of a blog post doesn't involve reading.

It does get mentioned in our book club, though, doesn't it? Reading our book for our meeting each month involves a deadline, which is not typical for pleasure reading, unless you consider the times when a library book is due and you want to finish it before returning it.

I have always been a proponent of speedreading. I think it's one of the most useful skills one can have. And yet, I often have sent a message about our monthly book, encouraging everyone to start a long or beautifully written book soon, so that you will be able to enjoy reading it slowly and not have to read it quickly.

In today's media of blanket statements and quick quotes that are taken as advice, with all the blatant statements that this or that is "good" or "bad," this quote would fit right in. I agree with the quote because it says reading fast is "as bad as" eating fast. This can be construed as implying that both are generally bad; but if one is sometimes good, then the other is sometimes good. I think both are sometimes good!

What do you think?


Atrox said...

If you saw the piles of unread books in my house, you would understand why I always read as fast as I can. (but probably would not understand why I keep bringing home more books) I pretty much pick books based on content now, and not on beautiful writing, which is sad, I suppose. But occasionally I find a book that I can't read fast, but savor instead. In such cases, I force myself to stop at the end of a chapter, so I can enjoy the writing (or setting, or character) a little longer before pressing on.

ClaudiaH said...

Thanks for the comment. I don't seem to be notified when comments appear. I almost missed this one. Hmm.. I should be able to be notified, unless that's still part of google reader, which they split from google +, and so I now use google + but rarely google reader. Anyway, I'm sure we could have a good group discussion about this. ..