Sunday Salon

Yet another weekend of getting hardly any reading done!  Must be the holidays.

I am currently reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery.  I only just started it last night and my book club is meeting at my house this Wednesday to discuss the book, so fingers crossed I will finish it in time!

This week I also read You Better not Cry, by Augusten Burroughs, and The Purloined Boy, by Mortimus Clay.

Books I read and reviewes in November are:

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley

Unfinished Desires, Gail Godwin

Peony in Love, Lisa See

Hate List, Jennifer Brown

Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

The Jade Cat, Suzanne Brogger

Sylvia’s Lovers, Elizabeth Gaskell

I also read My Darling, My Hamburger, by Paul Zindel and A Separate Country, by Robert Hicks, both of which will be reviewed soon!

November saw the end of one challenge–the Clear Off Your Shelves challenge hosted by S Krishna’s Books.

My goal was to read 20% off my shelves each month for October and November.  In October I read 47% off my shelves–amazing!  A lot of it had to do with the read-a-thon though.

In November I read 10 books, 2 of which came from my shelves.  So I just barely completed the challenge in November.

I also joined another challenge this month.  Probably against my better judgment!

The Complete Booker Challenge

The information for this challenge can be found here. The challenge runs from January 1, 2010-December 31, 2010.

Additional information:

  • There are several levels of participation:
Winners Circle:  read at least 6 winners
Contender:  read at least 6 shortlisted nominees
Longshot: read at least 6 longlisted nominees
Booker Devotee: choose a year, and read all 6 shortlisted works from that year
Booker Fanatic: choose a year, and read all 13 long- and shortlisted works from that year
  • Overlaps with other challenges are permitted.
  • Book selections don’t have to be posted right away, and lists may be changed at any time.
  • SIGN UP using Mr. Linky below. Please link directly to a specific post about this challenge.
  • Post your reviews:
    • If you’d like to be a contributor to this blog, please email the moderator (an email address is required, so comments to this post won’t work).
    • Mr. Linky will also be available for those who do not wish to become contributors.

Have fun!

I am signing up for The Winners Circle.  I am going to read the following four books for sure.  I haven’t decided on the final two yet.

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga

The Gathering, Anne Enright

The Sea, John Banville

So how is everyone else spending their Sundays?

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4 Responses

  1. Elegance…that might be a good book for me to read right now. I’m in the mood for slow books.

  2. I’m thinking about doing the Booker challenge too. I’d like to read more of them and I have a bunch. I hope you like The Sea more than I did in any case – John Banville and I do not get along!

  3. It looks like you read a lot of good books in November. Good luck with the Booker challenge!

  4. You had a great reading month. I really enjoyed Hate List and Peony on Love! Good luck with the Bookers.

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