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I'll be until you started speaking about your reading list the audience was divided between people who hated the pretentious author for making them feel intellectually small and people who thought 'Oh really - whoop dee do for you'. And then you pulled out 3 real books about real stuff that really matters and they all thought "oh thank God - there's someone normal up there. I ♥ Tertia".

That's how it would have gone for me (and I would be in the "la dee da" camp on the hard to read book)

I am already in training for this: my cats run in when they hear the toilet flush so they can watch it swirl. Also, my husband has been known to bring me my dinner when I am "on the throne", he's so pleased with his creation he has to present it to me IMMEDIATELY, depsite the bizarre location.

When I was growing up, nobody locked the loo door, we just closed it, and if it was closed you assumed it was occupied. Clearly I need to start locking the door.

I'm thinking the other authors are a bunch of blow-hards trying to make themselves look good.

I read for knowledge, for pleasure and for my book club. If it sucks or is hard to read, I stop. I think I would much prefer your honest, "easy to read" book to something suberbly written that is unintelligible.

I'm not only a book author and a book reader, but also a book editor (of widely ranging genres). And it's my opinion that an incomprehensible book isn't worth reading. It's a useless bunch of pretentious BS.

If a book is difficult to read I quit after the first chapter. I consider myself an intelligent person but I don't read to be confused, I read to understand. I can't wait until your book is in North America.

It's when they flush when you're still actually 'busy' on the loo which is the fun bit.

That 'Five Love Languages' book - I bought it for my hubby and I, he's loving it so much I haven't yet had a look-in! I keep telling him that it's no good unless I am allowed to *touch* or - god forbid - *read* the book! Anyway, thank you for the recommendation T!

Hey. lookee at me - everyone gives intelligent comments about authors and books, yet i focus on the toilet. Mature, sensible person that I am. Spot the fellow mom with toddlers, eh.

Books? If it's too pretensious I can't be arsed. If it grabs me, good - if it doesn't, I always have a pile of laundry that needs folding. Right now I am in the middle of 3 books, but that's cos I keep forgetting to take one out of my handbag (the 'waiting room' book), off my bedside table (the '5 minutes before bedtime' book) and the one stashed on the back of the loo (the 'genius mummy who put a stairgate on the downstairs bathroom door' book!!!)

see, there's me talking about pooping AGAIN.

as for lightweight Tertia - yes, in a svelte, G&D lightweight way. not in a lightweight author kinda way.

I'm a writer, and a reader, and I find books that are so complex that only the author can understand them have failed their mission -- aren't authors trying to communicate with their audiences? If the audience can't understand, than they have failed.

I think an ideal book should be able to be read on many levels. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one example of a writer who writes in a sophisticated, yet accessible fashion.

I love to read, and I love to shop in bookstores, or at least I used to. Now when I want to find a book that I think I will enjoy (I don't have time now to waste on books that are a challenging read , although they have their place)I have to rush through the store before Thing One and Thing Two start to crank. The result is that I now have two books sitting on the end table that I haven't been able to 'get into', and two more that I have finished reading that I mined from my stacks of old favorites. There are some beautiful books out there that aren't easy to get into at first, some because they are just plain bad, and others because the language is out of date, maybe, or whatever...but when you are raising twins and your mind is already exhausted and in a fog, you want something that is both GOOD and EASY to READ. They just aren't easy to find. I'm betting that yours falls into that catagory, because your blog is both entertaining and to the point.

Wait until you are in a public bathroom and they both yell out "BYE POOPS!"

Also reading "The five love languages" great book.

Nobody would ever read a book about infertility that was both emotionally wrenching and challenging to read. Your book is designed to share your story with a broad audience and hopefully help people understand what infertility is like or know they're not alone. Plus, "beach novels" sell a hell of a lot better than literary novels, which certainly have their place—but so does mass-market fiction.

Love your poo tales!

It's got to be a good & easy read (i.e. something that interests you). Several years ago, my husband and I set out to read a book a month. He is still stuck on the first book - a non fiction story about the fall of ancient civilization. Meanwhile, I've blazed through all the Harry Potter's ... Bill Bryson collection ... Dan Brown & John Grisham books that I can get my hands on. (And to think he got flustered with me when I bought him all the Dr. Seuss so that he could meet his end of the bargain and read 1 book a month!)

Reading has to be FUN ... otherwise, it's just tedious and puts you to sleep. To me there is nothing better than a book that is so engaging that I cannot put it down and stay up 1/2 the night so I can finish it. Or ... it keeps me on the toilet so long that my legs go numb.

Yes, books for the kiddos next to the loo is important. I've brought in coloring books, crayons & fingerpaint for our 2-y.o triplets so that they can stay entertained while I'm "busy". Now that I am spontaneously pregnant with our fourth child (4 kids in <2.5 years) - I've been spending a tremendous amount of time in the bathroom, and will do whatever possible to keep them happy. Even if that means cleaning fingerpaint off the walls...

I read for FUN. I want something lightwieght and entertaining. I think and analyze and concentrate enough at work- I do NOT want to do that in my precious off hours. On my bedstand right now? A Lady of His Own, by Stephanie Laurens. Next book on my list? Valley of Silence, Nora Roberts. Both easy to read, engaging, entertaining romances.

One of the reasons I enjoyed reading your book so much is because it was such an easy read. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that when I was done reading it, I was so disappointed and thought: "Now what? What do I do with my time now?". It's like wanting your chocolate to last forever.

our Bible study group did the five love languages and the workbook about three years ago, a great book.

oh, to make poo time more enjoyable when the kiddies are with you, get them to supply faux grunts. actors in action...very cute.

I read for enjoyment primarily. My 'me' time is valuable time these days, so why waste it on something that doesn't interest me?

As for the bathroom, I have a feeling it's going to be a loooong time before I get to pee in peace again.

Thank you for keeping it real. I don't think any of my bedside reading is very "literary" either. And I usually read in the loo too! It doesn't get any better as they get older. My six-year-old still has a "Mommy's on the potty" radar. She can be completely content playing or watching tv, but the instant I go in the bathroom, she needs me for something. DH is no better. I made a joke once that I should create a star chart for them both for leaving me alone when I'm in the bathroom!

“MAMA IS ON THE TOILET MAKING A POO”----that is the first time I have laughed all day!!! Thanks for bringing me back to earth.

I love love love to read, and with 2 kids under 4 now, the only time I get to read is on the toilet. That is, when I can manage to sneak in there unnoticed. So I feel your pain!

I haven't *read a book since before the twins were born, so, I'm probably the wrong person to ask!
(*I have, however, purchased many books in the hopes that one day when my kids are in college I will have the time and energy to read them).

Read this yesterday and then heard a discussion with contemporary author Zadie Smith on my local national public radio station's Bookworm program. One bit covered her take on the responsibility of readers to become skilled at reading, as would someone who has to become knowledgeable about art or music to truly appreciate those forms. She was pretty interesting. Available as a webcast online, http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/bw/bw061109zadie_smith

Agreed on “The Five Love Languages” as being a worth-while read. There is some very good material covered there, and does help build balance in a marriage. I've been amazed at the content that Dr. Chapman covers and how practical the material is.

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