Law and Conversation

June 17, 2011

#FridayReads!

I like to participate in the #FridayReads meme on Twitter. The idea is that every Friday those who like can tweet what they’re reading with the hashtag #FridayReads in the tweet. Putting # without a space immediately before a term transforms it into a hyperlink. You can then click on the hyperlink to see other tweets with that hashtag. So, clicking on #FridayReads in any tweet will take you to a page with an aggregation of the most recent tweets containing that term. The meme seems to get more popular every week and now has its own Facebook page, complete with prizes for those who participate.

This week, I have several books going at once.  Each is from a different genre–one work of fiction, one fictional graphic novel, and one nonfiction–but the three have a common theme: lawyers and law enforcement. My #FridayReads tweet contains all three: John Mortimer’s “Rumpole Omnibus,” Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s “Watchmen,” and Steve Bogira’s “Courtroom 302.” I expect it will take me a while to finish all of them, but I often like to be reading several books at a time. I’m enjoying thinking about the different angles and ways that the different writers tell their stories, and I’m thinking that I may be able to see some parallels in these three very different books.

I have an extra incentive to read each book, too:  on different occasions lawyers recently recommended each to me. I’d like to be able to tell those lawyers that I’ve read their recommendations and compare our views the next time I happen to see them! Since I’ve read enough of each to have become quite captivated by their stories, this won’t be a difficult commitment for me to keep.

In the meantime, I’ve been continuing to ponder The Book Show’s list of novels everyone should have read by the age of 21. I have lots of thoughts about that list and about what list I’d create if I were to do so. I hope to post some of those thoughts next week, so please check back with me then.

What’s your #FridayReads?

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3 Comments »

  1. I read more than one book at a time, alternating between fiction and non-fiction. Not sure I could manage three! By the way, I read Bogira’s book a while ago but it was a bit of a slog, surprising for a rather short book.
    – Mo

    Comment by lawmrh — September 20, 2012 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • I’m well into the second Rumpole collection, and “Watchmen” ended up ranking #1 on my list of books read in 2011. But I got sidetracked, as I so often do, and haven’t gotten very far into “Courtroom 302.” I definitely plan to post about it once I finish! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment; hope you’ll be back, and I’ll be checking out your blog as well, Irreverent Lawyer. 🙂

      Comment by Helen Gunnarsson — September 20, 2012 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  2. […] to think about #fridayreads on Twitter, which I like to, but don’t always, participate in. I currently have two books going as rereads: […]

    Pingback by Speaking trip to University of Illinois College of Law! « Law and Conversation — October 11, 2012 @ 10:50 pm | Reply


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