The Sunday Salon – March 28, 2010 (the “okay, fine, I’ll talk about reading” edition)

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Well, I was informed by the Sunday Salon police last week that the weekly Sunday Salon post is supposed to be about reading. Fine, fine. ;) I definitely don’t want to get in trouble again, so here’s what I’ve been reading lately.

My night-time reading has been especially good. I’m almost done with Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon, which will complete my Essay Reading Challenge commitment, though I definitely won’t be done reading essays for the year. For my poetry selections, I’ve been reading The Handbook of Heartbreak: 101 Poems of Lost Love and Sorrow, edited by Robert Pinsky.

I’ve had much more time to listen to audiobooks lately, due to how busy things have been. I have been alternating discs – one disc of An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon with one disc of something else, currently Fallen by Lauren Kate. I’m enjoying Fallen very much so far, which is a relief after being so unimpressed with Hush, Hush. I think my opinion of that book was influenced by how recently I had read Wicked Lovely – it was so fantastic that any paranormal YA I read in the next few weeks would have had to be very good to not be disappointing.

In print, I am still reading The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. It’s taking me awhile – not because it’s not good; it is – but because I’ve been so busy, and because it deals with such a tough subject that it’s hard to read big chunks in long sittings. I will be doing that this evening and tomorrow and Tuesday, though, since my tour date is this Wednesday.

I’m also still reading Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz. This is a buddy read with Vasilly and Nicole, and I’m lucky that their months have been just as busy as mine has been, since we were supposed to be done by the end of the month, and that’s just not going to happen.

So, I believe I have cooperated with the intended purpose of Sunday Salon – this week. No guarantees for next Sunday. :P

What are you reading today?

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24 Responses to The Sunday Salon – March 28, 2010 (the “okay, fine, I’ll talk about reading” edition)

  1. lilly says:

    Yes, I think you’ve cooperated nicely :)
    It looks like you have also been very busy with reading and even alternating between audio books. That’s something I have never tried but I might one day.
    .-= lilly´s last blog ..Weekly Geeks: Reader’s Epiphany =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Lilly- the Outlander audiobooks are simply so long that it helps to break them up a bit.

  2. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    Nicely done all around, CarrieK. :) It meets with The Sunday Salon Police Chief’s approval. ;) You get an extra gold star for inclusion of the poetry collection because I love poetry, but a minus gold star for the audiobooks just because I personally am against them.
    .-= unfinishedperson´s last blog ..Our cat’s relationship with Jesus Christ and Mary =-.

  3. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Today I’m reading Savor by Thich Nhat Hahn for my tour date on Tuesday. Tomorrow I will definitely be reading as fast as I can. I have a ton of poetry books to read such as How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch. I hope you’re having a great Sunday!
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..What inspires you to keep blogging? =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Vasilly – it was a nice Sunday, thanks! It always feels good when you know that tomorrow is a day off. :)

  4. Wow, you’re reading a lot of different books. I don’t know how you keep up with it all.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – it only works if they’re all completely different from each other. :)

  5. Florinda
    Twitter: florinda_3rs
    says:

    The Sunday Salon Police has really been making the rounds lately – he’s keeping us on our toes :-)!

    I have Maps and Legends in TBR Purgatory – one of several of Michael Chabon’s books languishing there. I need to do something about that.

    I’ll look forward to reading the wrap-up of your buddy read of Admission. That was one of my favorite books of 2009.
    .-= Florinda´s last blog ..Sunday Salon, Birthday Weekend Edition: Book-buying begins again! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Florinda – did you get cited, too? LOL Maps and Legends is really a worthwhile read. And I’ve enjoyed the little bit of Admission I’ve read so far – hoping to read some more soon!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Hehe I think a lot of people don’t post about reading on the SS. I guess they are cracking down! You are reading a lot at once- such a very me thing. I am incapable of reading one or two books at a time. Everything you are reading sounds interesting. Good to see you are liking Fallen. Seems like people either love it or they can leave it. I wonder what it is about it.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Book Review- Hush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Rebecca – I’m not completely sure yet who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy – but from the cover and some other hints, I’m pretty sure someone is a fallen angel. :)

  7. Savvyverseandwit
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit
    says:

    Sounds like you are making excellent progress. Happy reading.
    .-= Savvyverseandwit´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday #75 =-.

  8. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    I have both Hush, Hush and Wicked Lovely on my shelf waiting to be read; perhaps I will read Hush, Hush first.
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Bring on the Greek Gods =-.

  9. Aarti says:

    Yikes, my Sunday Salon posts are not about reading, either! But they are about book blogging- does that not qualify? Sigh. We’ll see :-)

    Looks like you’ve got lots of different books going- good for you! AND movies. Sheesh, you’re productive!
    .-= Aarti´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Follower Power! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Aarti – that’s why I love the book blogging community- where else am I going to find people to tell me that the time I spend reading and watching movies – and blogging about said books and movies – is productive time? :)

  10. Alita says:

    I just started reading Fallen over the weekend, and just can’t get into it :( I’ve heard that it gets better around the 200-pg mark, which I am nearing, so hopefully it’ll pick up soon. I just can’t get over how depressing the school is!

    The audio version is good?
    .-= Alita´s last blog ..Soundtrack Saturday – Beastly =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Alita – the audio version is good – maybe that’s why I’m enjoying it so much? Yes, the school is depressing, but I’m interested enough in the characters to hold on for some of the secrets to be revealed.

  11. Kathleen says:

    I guess it is good that I have been too busy to do a Sunday Salon lately since I inevitably have a few lines about something other than books! I think that is one of the beauties of the book blogging community, that we can all learn and share a little about our lives and our fellow bloggers’ lives!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..When did you know you were a reader? =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathleen – I think so, too – and I honestly think the “sunday salon police” thing was all done in good fun – not really to make us toe the line. :)

  12. iliana says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a lot of good books going on. I’d love to hear more about the poetry book – is that a new collection? What with poetry month coming up I’ve been thinking I need to read more poems to celebrate.
    .-= iliana´s last blog ..Weekend Happenings =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Iliana – it came out in 1998 – I found it at my library – it’s poems from everyone from romantic poets to contemporary poets writing about love and loss, compiled by poet Robert Pinsky. I’m enjoying it so far. :)