Sunday Salon

I’m sure I am not the only one snowed in right now.  So much for spring coming early this year!  We got an absolute ridiculous amount of snow over the course of Friday and Saturday.  So much so that my boss sent me home from work at noon Friday.  I decided that was the perfect opportunity to lay in bed and read.  I kid you not when I say I read all afternoon Friday and pretty much all day yesterday.  It was heavenly!

So this week I read the following:

-finished The Gathering, by Anne Enright

-read the second portion of East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

Eating the Dinosaur, by Chuck Klosterman

Wifey, by Judy Blume

-half of Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts, by Penny Colman

Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts is my first DNF in awhile.  I liked it at first–it is a history of burial.  After reading a book on New Orleans cemeteries, I decided I wanted to delve deeper into the topic of cemeteries, burials, etc.  So I checked this book out of my library.  And there was some good stuff in there!  It talked about being buried alive (can you imagine?!).  One man even had his tomb rigged with a buzzer to the caretaker’s cottage in the event that he woke up after being buried.  The buzzer never rang (except for one false alarm) and has since been disconnected.

So what happened, you may ask?  Two things.

-The book went off on too many tangents.  I am not interested in burial since the beginning of time.  This is my problem, not that of the author really, but I think it could have been organized a bit better.

-It wasn’t very well researched.  There were no resources noted and the author included a lot of things she heard from other people.  Meaning she would describe a burial place that her friend saw.  It just didn’t seem viable.  Which leads me to my biggest problem . . . I actually found an instance where the author was dead wrong.  It had to do with New Orleans cemeteries.  Twice, she noted that burials in New Orleans take place above ground because of flooding (this is a common fallacy, and it may be partially true, so I could have forgiven that) and she went on to say that all burials in New Orleans take place above ground. This is completely false.  There are quite a few cemeteries in New Orleans that are almost 100% underground burials.  At that point, I decided, since I know little about burials, that the author could be bamboozling me on some other points as well.  So I gave up.

I am very happy to say, however, that I finished books for two separate challenges this week!  I finished The Gathering towards the beginning of the week, which counts towards The Complete Man Booker Challenge.  And then I read Wifey, for the Shelf Discovery challenge.  I finally feel like I am making the tiniest bit of headway towards my current challenges!

I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done today, since all my household chores fell by the wayside the past two days as I read myself into a stupor, but I hope to start The Women, by TC Boyle, before the day is through.  I hope everyone else has a wonderful Sunday!

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10 Responses

  1. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Gathering as I plan to read that one soon for the Booker Challenge.

  2. Good for you giving up that book. I have a hard time understanding why anyone would write a nonfiction book without doing research.

  3. Can’t wait to hear what you think of The Gathering. I’ve been thinking of reading it. The Women is near the top of my tbr pile, too… I love T.C. Boyle!

  4. No snow here but plenty of grey skies – bleh. I’m trying to keep busy crafting and listening to music this weekend. Looking forward to your review of The Gathering!

  5. I totally ignored my chores this weekend. But luckily, I have a four day weekend coming up…I see lots of housework in my future.

  6. We got the snow too … it was crazy!

    And my mom just started “The Women’ by TC Boyle and has been raving to me about it.

  7. Isn’t that wonderful when you can just read and not worry about anything else?! Love those days. I’ve heard mixed reviews on The Gathering, looking forward to your review. I have The Women TBR and it looks great. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

  8. I’m not snowed in! The storm that brought everyone else all that snow brought us 4 and a half inches of rain. It’s soggy here now.

  9. I’m visiting my parents in NJ at the moment and we got no snow at all. On Saturday our local paper had an article about how prepared they were for the 4-10 inches we were supposed to get, which was quite amusing having woken up to absolutely nothing!

    The lack of standards on popular non-fiction really bugs me. I hate reading something that I know is wrong and that could have been so easily checked. I doubt everything in the book after that.

  10. How lovely to have an afternoon to read in bed! Too bad it couldn’t be followed by a day of temps on the 50’s that melted all of the snow. I know we could use a few of those days here.

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