The Sunday Salon: 9/26/10

Yay, it’s Sunday again!  I am just blogging before brunch.  Sunday brunch is my favorite, and I am so excited to meet up with my family.

This week, I participated in the Fall Catch-Up Read-a-thon.

So, how did I do?  Pretty well, I think.  The whole purpose, for me, was to spend more of my free time reading.  I definitely made reading a priority this week, at least during the week.  I really wasn’t sure how much reading I would get done this weekend, and so far it hasn’t been a lot.  I had planned to finish my current book last night, but then our friends called and asked to go out.  I hope to instead finish my book after brunch today.

I read The Dracula Dossier, by James Reese, Room, by Emma Donoghue and I am almost finished with I’d Know You Anywhere, by Laura Lippman.  I think I would have read a lot more had it not been for The Dracula Dossier.  It wasn’t abnormally long or anything, but there were a ton of footnotes, so it just took a lot longer to read.  Here are my stats:

Monday: 128 pages, 2.5 hours

Tuesday: 163 pages, 3 hours

Wednesday: 255 pages, 2.5 hours

Thursday: 221 pages, 2.5 hours

Friday: 44 pages, 50 minutes

Saturday: 228 pages, 2 hours??

Grand Total: 1009 pages, 13 hours, 20 minutes

I am happy enough with the amount I read and hope to add to it, since today is the last day of the challenge.  Plus, it was fun keeping my stats!

I hope everyone else has a great Sunday as well.  What do you plan on reading today?

The Fall Catch-Up Read-a-Thon

It’s ti-ime! Technically, the read-a-thon started at 8am this morning, but unfortunately I had to work.  I definitely couldn’t take off the whole week. Boooooo!

My plan is to spend the weeknights after work reading.  Not watching TV, not tooling around on the computer.  Everything is taking a backseat this week to reading.  The only exception is Wednesday, as I already have stuff planned.

As far as what to read, I don’t have anything planned specifically.  I am currently reading The Dracula Dossier, by James Russell.  I am only a few pages in, so my first priority will be to finish it.  Secondly, I will be reading Room, by Emma Donoghue.  YES, the wait is over! I cannot wait.  Hopefully I finish those two books, but once I do, I don’t know what I will choose next.

The read-a-thon is being hosted by The True Book Addict.  The intro post  can be found here.  Although it runs through the weekend, I haven’t figured out how much I will be able participate on Saturday and Sunday.

For everyone else participating, good luck!

The Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday! I am happily lazing about in bed with a caramel macchiato from Starbucks and a sausage mcmuffin from McDonald’s. Perfect!

I finally finished The Historian on Friday night.  It was a good book but I feel like when you’re writing such a lengthy book, you really need to make it super compelling.  Kostova did that in some parts but then the book fell flat in other parts.  So it did have some problems, but I am glad I read it.

Now I am reading Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.  It’s a very short book, but I fell asleep last night with about 40 pages.  I just could not finish it, as much as I wanted to! It sucks when your eyes and brain fail you.  As soon as I catch up on my Google Reader, I will be finishing it.

I posted two weeks ago that I plan on participating in a read-a-thon this week.

I still plan on participating.  I plan on making it very casual though.  I just want to put aside more time for reading than usual, especially since I got less reading time in this past week, as BBAW kept me blogging much longer every night than usual.

Speaking of BBAW, I had a blast!  I participated to my fullest and I got a lot out of it, including countless new blogs added to my reader.  Thank you for everyone who volunteered in BBAW and made it what it was!

I hope you all have a great Sunday.  What do you plan on reading today?

The Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday everyone!  I can’t even explain how happy I am to have a three day weekend.  Especially since it is our weekend to have my stepdaughter–now we have her three days instead of two! We went to my parent’s lake house yesterday morning and just got back.  It was nice and relaxing–I hope the remainder of the weekend is the same!

I am also really happy because I*think* my reading slump really is over.  Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself by typing that. I think part of it can be attributed to the RIP V challenge.

The RIP challenge is undoubtedly my favorite challenge all year.  I already read one book for the challenge this week–Wait Until Twilight, by Sang Pak–and I am now reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt.  At this rate, I will go way over the four books that I signed up for.

This week, I also read The Sealed Letter, by Emma Donoghue.  My library doesn’t have its copies of Room in yet, so I figured I would go with a different Donoghue.

I found another challenge/event to join–

My problem is that I get off of work and inevitably find stuff to do other than read.  Clean, cook, watch TV . . . by the time I get around to reading, I am too tired to read much.  So I figured for the week of this catch-up read-a-thon, I will make reading my number one priority after work.  It will be nice to have a week where there are no excuses.  Let’s not kid ourselves though, I will likely have to do some cleaning and cooking anyway 😉

So that’s what has been going on with me this week.  How about everyone else–did you have a good reading week?