Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Sunday Salon: February Roundup

My laptop was acting a bit quirky this morning (that's never a good thing)  but the silver lining is that I had more time to read than I anticipated. That's always a good thing, especially so this week because my current read (The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe, Campaign Manager for Obama for America) was due back to the library last Tuesday. I'm only 1/4 finished.

I'm liking it so far - not as riveting as I anticipated (maybe because we know the ending? :) Still, it is a very interesting account of the Obama campaign, which was groundbreaking on so many levels that on the surface, seemed to be nearly flawless. Thus far, Plouffe does a really good job of revealing missteps they made (some of which we know, some of which were hardly reported) without casting blame or aspersions on anyone but himself, as well as giving insights into the misfired strategies of other campaigns (specifically, Hillary Clinton's) without

Since Audacity is overdue, it's only fitting that my recap of the books I read in February is also late.  I finished four books last month (same as January).  This brings my total Books Read for 2010 to eight. 

5. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf 
6. Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife - by Francine Prose 
7. Prairie Tale: A Memoir, by Melissa Gilbert
8. Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win, by Anne E. Kornblut

I also read the following children's books to the kids:

Let There Be Peace on Earth (And Let it Begin with Me) - by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller
Would I Trade My Parents? - by Laura Numeroff
The Duchess of Whimsy: An Absolutely Delicious Fairy Tale - by Randall de Seve and Peter de Seve
(I know there were others, but these are just our library books.)

As for my Challenges, well ... that's proving to be a mixed bag.  I'm doing pretty well with the Support Your Local Library Challenge (16/75) and Women Unbound (3/8). I'm keeping up with my own Memorable Memoir Challenge, with 2/4 read.  The Audiobook Challenge seems to be stuck on Pause this month, as I am still at 1/6 with none added to that.

Sadly, I haven't even touched the Beth Kephart challenge (so sorry, Beth!), nor Colorful Reading, Debutante Ball, Essay Reading, Shelf Discovery, or YA.  To make matters worse, I only finished 2/4 for Woolf in Winter. I'm thinking that I may need to bow out of Shelf Discovery, as I don't see that happening for me by the end of April. 

As if that isn't pathetic enough, I've up and joined two additional Challenges - the New York Challenge and Clover, Bee, and Reverie. What the hell was - and am - I thinking?!

(I'd add the links to these but am pressed for time this morning - between the uncertainty of the laptop and needing to get moving to sell Girl Scout cookies with Betty, I shouldn't even be online right now.)

On that note, I return you to your regularly scheduled Sunday Saloning.  Happy reading, everyone!

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Trisha said...

Challenges are a strange addiction aren't they? I find myself adding new ones even as I can't complete or make any headway on the old ones too!

kikiv68 said...

Just to let you know that I enjoyed your post and comments today! have fun and good luck with the Girl Scout cookies today.

Florinda said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't gotten going on the Shelf Discovery Challenge! It sounded so easy to accomplish in six months, and now there are less than two left. I may end up taking an incomplete on it...we'll see what happens.

Sherry said...

I'd love to invite you and your readers to join my poetry survey. I'm looking for your 10 favorite classic poems. Read more about it here.