Sunday Salon

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I gave myself a four day weekend enjoyed it immensely! I did a lot of eating, shopping, and visiting with family.

This week I read Life of Pi... I wasn't really a fan (review to come later). But I don't regret taking the time to read it because I have had it on my "must read" list forever and I'm glad to now say I have read it. I'm currently working on In The Woods which has also been on my list forever. I'm excited to get to it but am a little apprehensive about some of the reviews I've read saying it just ends without a real ending, etc. I'm itching to know what crazy things are going to happen, though!

A couple weeks ago I asked for help with potential reading goals for next year. Jenners had a great idea of doing specific little mini-achievements:
For a reading goal, how about something achievable like "read 2 books I've always meant to read but never have" and "read 3 books from my own bookshelves" and "read 2 books by an author I love but haven't explored too often." Might be kind of fun to find these books and mix it up and be achievable. Have fun!
I thought that sounded fun and picture it being sort of like a very achievable scavenger hunt. And this solves a lot of the other dilemmas I had. My overarching goal is to make every single read meaningful in some way. While I'll still read newer/popular/review books, I also plan on reading a lot of older ones that are on my shelves or that have been on my list. Regardless, I hope to have minimal reads that I read only because it was for a blogging commitment or because everyone was talking about it and I just had to be in on it too even though my interest was just mediocre, etc. Every year I've actually kept a list that I've added to throughout the year of "must read" books, those that were recommended that I think sound *great*, authors whose backlist I want to read, series to work on, etc. And I rarely read any of those (Life of Pi and In the Woods were two of those) so this will help me get those done.

So, any ideas for the scavenger hunt items I should include? Some examples: read 2 presidential books (the new Thomas Jefferson one is on my wishlist!), read Gillian Flynn's backlist (there's only 2 so no biggie), etc.


Sandy Nawrot said...

Ugh, there are so many books I really want to get to. I'm a big flipping mess. If it weren't for audio I would not be able to call myself a book blogger. And as far as Tana French, she doesn't always take the easy road. She doesn't wrap things up with a bow. But the chemistry in the book you are reading is as good as it gets. She is probably one of my favorite authors of all time. So don't expect resolution, but keep in mind that rarely does real life give you pat answers!

Juju at Tales of said...

Will you be reviewing Life of Pi? I know it's a must (like you said) but I'm not sure it will hold my interest.

nomadreader said...

I have little to no interest in reading Life of Pi, but I feel like I *should*. I'll be curious to see your review! In the Woods has been on my list forever too--I hope you like that one! I like the idea of a scavenger hunt too. I love reading new releases, but I also have really been enjoying dipping into more backlist titles, particularly exploring author's entire backlists (and Gillian Flynn is one on mine too!) I think it's all about finding balance. I still love the prizes, so some months are completely dominated by those, but in the 'off' months, I'm trying to accomplish more of those lingering goals too. Good luck!

Zibilee said...

I would say try out Dennis Lehane a bit. He can be really deep and provocatively scary, but the stories just suck you right in. I have one of his waiting on my shelf for me, and I am just ogling it and biding my time until I can get to it. He's a very good author, and keeps you thinking and on your toes. I second the selection of Gillian Flynn. Just finished Sharp Objects, and wow, that was some seriously messed up stuff!

Jenners said...

I loved Life of Pi and saw the movie this past weekend. Not sure if the movie would work better for you -- it was pretty faithful to the book. However, it was so lovely to look at that I felt like the story almost didn't matter.

In the Woods is fantastic but there is a bit of unresolved stuff at the end. However, don't let that stop you. Tana French is FREAKING AMAZING and the rest of her books are brilliant (and they offer resolved ends … this was the only one that had that issue.) Push on through -- you'll be happy you did.

And for scavenger hunt ideas, I refer you to the Take A Chance Challenge I hosted in the past. There are some good ideas on there for weird way to find books. Perhaps they will inspire you. Just go to my blog and search for Take A Chance Challenge or Take Another Chance. Have fun!

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I love, love, love the idea of little mini goals for reading next year. I took on a bunch of challenges this past year and only did well with a couple of them. I may make my own mini challenges. I'll have to put some thought to what I want to do.

I know that I want to read more classics again this year but I do read-alongs through Unputdownables to cover that. I'll have to put some thought into possible other challenges.

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