Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Catching Up and Looking Ahead

" a book, you live on every page ..."

That's so true, isn't it? (I'm listening to Neil Diamond's "Home Before Dark" CD (love Neil Diamond) while writing this post, and this line from "Pretty Amazing Grace" just popped up. It seems fitting for a Sunday Salon post, doesn't it?

Anyway, I missed last week's Salon because of some work obligations so there's a little catching up needed on the reading front around here.

It's been a pretty good two reading weeks. About midway through the year, it seemed as if I would actually read 50 books this year. That's the most I've ever read as an adult and that goal was met by finishing Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. I didn't set a reading goal this year, other than to read more than in 2008 (which was only about 30 something or so books).

I also read and reviewed Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas, and my review of The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister is pending. I recommended School to a coworker who is in a culinary program and has dreams of opening her own restaurant. We'll see what she thinks, but I happened to love this.

On the audio front, I've been listening to Brunonia Barry's The Lace Reader. I'm really enjoying this, which is Barry's first published novel. Most likely I will finish this up this week.

For my audio book selections in 2010, I'm going to try and focus on audios of books that I have sitting in the TBR pile - whether they are from my own shelves or the library. I think this would be a good way of trying to whittle down the TBR monster, don't you? I have Middlesex and The Kite Runner on deck and both of these are ones I have sitting on my bookshelves.

Finally, this week's read is The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence by Rachel Simmons. I'm keenly interested in issues concerning women and girls, especially with having an 8 year old daughter. I'm already seeing signs that this book is needed, sad to say. There are times when Betty is on the Wii and if she loses or misses a point, she'll say she's a failure or no good - when the reality is that she is really good at the games.

OK, so that's the catching up part. For the looking ahead, I'm planning on joining more than a few reading challenges this year, which I'm looking forward to, and I'm still contemplating the possibility of hosting a memoir related-challenge. I'm still on the fence as to whether I want to take this on or not.

In the meantime, it's a rainy and cold Sunday here - one that is perfect for curling up with a cup of coffee and reading some good books and blogs. We have nothing planned for most of the day, so I'm planning on continuing doing just that, along with cooking something in the crockpot and making sandwiches with Betty for her Girl Scout troop's holiday party. We're making them festive by using cookie cutters to make them into holiday shapes.

And with that, I'll catch you later ...


Vasilly said...

Congratulations on reading more than fifty books this year.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds like a lovely Sunday! It's rainy here, too, so I'm reading and watching DVDs.

I love Neil Diamond too! Every once in awhile, I pop the movie "The Jazz Singer" in and luxuriate in the tunes.

My Sunday Salon post is here:

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

congrats on exceeding your reading goals, Melissa :)

You have some nice books listed this week. I think Rachel Simmons has some very valid points and advice in THE CURSE OF THE GOOD GIRL; her ODD GIRL OUT is also useful ... I read it when my elder daughter was about Betty's age (when it seems the trios of girls start to pair off and push one out :( )

Enjoy the week!