Sunday Salon

TSSbadge1My week was pretty uneventful.  I did manage to get a good amount of reading done.  I read three books, one of which I reviewed already.



Peony in Love, Lisa See

Hate List, Jennifer Brown

Unfinished Desires, Gail Godwin

I am now reading Sylvia’s Lovers, by Elizabeth Gaskell for the Classics Circuit.  I am very excited because I have wanted to read Elizabeth Gaskell for awhile now and now I have a motivator!  To be honest, I had never heard of Sylvia’s Lovers–it was assigned to me randomly, and I am guessing it will probably take me all week to finish because it looks quite long and dense.  I now need to decide what to read for the Edith Wharton circuit.  I have read four of her books but I want to read something new of hers (I am not a re-reader for the most part).  I was thinking Ethan Frome but there may be too many people choosing it.  We’ll see.

And lastly, I want to highlight a new reading event.  It is being hosted by Jenn, Jen and Beth and it is called Thankfully Reading.  You can find all the details at the book blog social club, but basically it is a low key reading event for the long weekend after Thanksgiving.    Jenn had mentioned on twitter that she planned to read a lot during the weekend after Thanksgiving and the idea just kind of blossomed from there.

Thank-300x300My boyfriend will be out of town that weekend.  Saturday morning I plan on going with my family to get Christmas trees, but other than that I will have plenty of time to read.  So count me in!  I will be keeping it VERY lowkey.  No expectations, just very relaxed.  Or that’s the idea anyway!

So now off to do chores and get into Sylvia’s Lovers.  What are your plans for today?


TSS: Slow going

TSSbadge1This week has been a bit slow for me.  Last Sunday I spent all day reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  I very rarely get the chance to read an entire book in one day, so that was awesome.  Since then, however, I have been slogging through The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.  Maybe slogging isn’t the right word–it has sort of a negative conotation, which isn’t my intention because I am loving this book, but it is taking me a lot longer than the typical book would to read.  I had originally hoped to have it finished by today but I have a lot to do and I have over a hundred pages left, so I am not sure it will be manageable.


I do plan on going to the bookstore today, so that should be fun!  I am meeting my family for brunch soon right next to Barnes and Noble, so although I don’t really have the funds to feed my addiction, I will at least be browsing and possibly picking up some stuff, both for myself and also Christmas gifts.  Because who doesn’t like to get books as gifts??

Last weekend I did a challenge update.  One challenge that was left out of that post was the Fall Into Reading challenge, hosted by Callapidder Days.


It is running from September 22-December 21, 2009, so we’re halfway in and I have not read even ONE book for this challenge!  Here is my list–it is definitely not too ambitious, with only five books, but there is just always something else to read!

Foxfire, Joyce Carol Oates

Black Girl, White Girl, Joyce Carol Oates

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories Stories, Flannery O’Connor

The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh

Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

I chose these five books because they help me fulfill my 999 challenge.  Yes, you read that right–I am participating in a challenge to try to motivate myself for another challenge!  So far, it isn’t working!  I am still hopeful that I will at least be able to make some progress before December 21, but who knows.  So far I have had no success.

So what are you up to this Sunday?  Any reading going on?

Teaser Tuesday: The Woman in White

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is from The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, which I am reading for the Classics Circuit.

6a00c225290bfe604a00fad6b0ba6b0005-500piWe set our faces towards London, and walked on together in the first still hour of the new day–I, and this woman, whose name, whose character, whose story, whose objects in life, whose very presence by my side, at that moment, were fathomless mysteries to me.  It was like a dream.  Was I Walter Hartright? Was this the well-known, uneventful road, where holiday people strolled on Sundays?

-page 18