Sunday Salon

It’s barely 4:30PM here and I am ashamed to admit I am already in my PJs.  The plan is to spend the rest of the evening/night reading.  What am I reading, you may ask.  The Book of Fires, by Jane Borodale.  Out this month, it is the captivating story of a “ruined” girl who flees her home and finds sanctuary as the apprentice to a fireworks maker.  I have about a hundred pages left and I hope to finish the book tonight.  Look for my review this Wednesday, along with a giveaway!

As for tomorrow, keep an eye out for my post on the first portion of East of Eden, by John Steinbeck.  Tomorrow kicks off the discussion with the Classic Reads Book Club.  If you haven’t started it yet, no need to worry–discussion for part two doesn’t begin until February 8, so there is still time to catch up.  The two books after East of Eden is finished are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and A Handmaid’s Tale, both of which are excellent–I would highly recommend both!

For once I don’t have a timline of books stretched out.  Once I finish The Book of Fires, I plan on reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman.  Once I finish that . . . who knows!  The possibilities are endless!

Teaser Tuesday: East of Eden

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 spoiler this week comes from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, a few fellow book bloggers have started up the Classic Reads Book ClubEast of Eden is the first book and discussion for chapters 1-11 begins January 25, so there is still time to get started.

Because I just started the book moments ago, my teaser is the opening two paragraphs of the book.

The Salinas Valley is in Northern California.  It is a long narrow swale between two ranges of mountains, and the Salinas River winds and twists up the center until it falls at last into Monterey Bay.

I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers.  I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer–and what trees and seasons smelled like–how people looked and walked and smelled even.  The memory of odors is very rich.

The Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday everyone!

I’ve had a somewhat slow reading week.  I finished Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and now I am reading Lit, by Mary Karr.  Over a hundred pages left and it’s due back at the library tommorrow!  Which means I need to spend a good amount of time reading today!

Obviously reading should be on the back burner today, as it is the last day of Bloggiesta, so I should be focussing on my blog!

I am ashamed to say that all I have done up to this point is write three reviews.  I plan to write three more today, which will have me caught up completely.  I also need to update my challenges page.  After that, I will probably be done only because I don’t have anything else too dire and I would like to read instead!

Speaking of challenges, I am joining Meghan’s challenge, which can be found on her blog Medieval Bookworm.

This challenge is designed to get us all reading a little more medieval literature in 2010.  The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2010, and will be hosted right here at Medieval Bookworm.  Challenge genres include history, medieval literature, and historical fiction.  Medieval, for simplicity of definition, will be from 500-1500, and literature from all over the world is welcome, not just western Europe.  There are 3 levels:

  • Peasant – Read 3 medieval books of any kind.
  • Lord – Read 6 medieval books, at least one of each kind.
  • King – Read 9 medieval books, at least two of each kind.

I will be joining at the peasant level.  I do not have a list yet as to what I plan to read . . . I will probably just see what other people are reading and draw my inspiration from that, although I would like to read Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin.  Have you joined this challenge?  If so, what do you plan on reading?

I have also decided to raise my participation level in the Women Unbound challenge.  Once I finish Lit, I will only need one more book to complete the challenge, so I have decided I should raise the bar, so I am upgrading from a Bluestocking to a Suffragette!  I will now be committed to reading eight books, of which at least three must be nonfiction.

Lastly, I am hoping hoping hoping to be able to join in the East of Eden read-a-long.

It is being hosted by the Classic Reads Book Club, which is a read-a-long designed to read and discuss one classic book a quarter.  That way you don’t have to feel overwhelmed by a longer, more demanding classic–you can read it at a slower pace.  Here is the schedule for East of Eden.

January 25th – Section 1 (Chapters 1-11)
February 8th – Section 2 (Chapters 12-22)
February 22nd – Section 3 (Chapters 23-33)
March 8th – Section 4 (Chapters 34 – end)

I don’t think I should have a problem reading the first section by January 25, but I do have other obligations so we’ll see.

So there you go–that is what is going on for me right now in my reading.  What are you doing today–everyone blogging for bloggiesta or are you slacking like me?