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Sunday, October 16, 2011
I haven't done a Sunday Salon in a while. I've come to the conclusion that my reading and blogging habits are just going to have to be different than they were in the past. And I'm okay with that. I may not have a book review up every 3-4 days like I used to aim for, but I'm back to posting fairly regularly and hope to increase it slightly. I had initially planned on spending all day Saturday doing some reading and catching up on reviews and blogging. But then what started as an innocent trip to the mall to get out of the house turned into us waiting in line for 2 1/2 hours to upgrade husband to the iPhone 4s (and I didn't have a book with me). We hadn't planned on getting that right away. Even when we started standing in line we weren't nearly aware of how long we'd be waiting in line. Ah well, we actually ended up having great conversations with each other while waiting in line - something we're often too busy to do much of when we're at home. But hopefully I can catch up on reviews soon because I'm actually a few books behind!
I had started reading Dracula maybe a week ago. At first I was really enjoying it and anticipating where it might go, but now I'm with Marce... it's not gripping me either. Maybe when it was published in 1897 it was spookier. For now it's fairly dull. But I hear it's fantastic so I will get back to it eventually. In the meantime, I started reading When She Woke which was sent to me by Kari. I hadn't necessarily planned on reading it right away, but I decided to read the first page or two and then didn't stop! It's inspired by The Scarlet Letter but still incredibly different and has LOTS to talk about. I finished it last night and am excited to discuss that one soon!
I am excited about the National Book Award finalists that were announced last week. Usually I haven't read any of the finalists and sometimes haven't heard of them. This time I already read one and had already planned on reading two of the remaining four on the list. So I'm excited about that and am thinking I'll do that soon.
The Tiger's Wife is the one I already read. Great writing but I didn't care for the story. The Buddha in the Attic I actually started yesterday and am seeing why it was chosen as a finalist. The writing style is interesting, though I hope it doesn't wear on me by the end of the book. I had also wanted to read Salvage the Bones based on the reviews by Heather, Heather, and Audra. I hear that one's a tough one emotionally, though, so we'll see if I really end up getting to/through it!
I've got a busy week ahead of me including testifying in court on a case from my last job. I'm already looking forward to next weekend!