The Sunday SalonAugust 10, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Books, LIfe, Reading | 18 Comments
Tags: Castaway Kid, Melmoth the Wanderer, Pattern Recongnition, Surviving Ben's Suicide, The Four Seasons, The Sunday Salon
This is my first Sunday Salon post and I’m so excited to get started. Thanks very much to Jen from Devourer of Books and my other favorite bloggers for gently nudging me to get started.
This week I was able to complete reading two books: Castaway Kid by R.B. Mitchell and Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. Definitely two very different books. Of the two, I liked Castaway Kid the best. I will save my thoughts for my reviews, but there was a lot of Pattern Recognition that went straight over my head. I would like to say that it all came together at the end, but not so much. I need to train myself to read books like Gibson’s in order to get the most out of them. I’ll be posting these reviews next week.
I wrote two reviews last week as well: The Four Seasons and Surviving Ben’s Suicide. Writing my review for The Four Seasons was difficult because there really wasn’t that much that stuck out to me to write about. It was a pleasant read, but easily forgotten. Surviving Ben’s Suicide was equal parts difficult and cathartic. All I can say is that there are the most generous and kind people out there in the book blogging world and I am so happy to be part of it.
Today, I probably won’t have much time to read until my children are in bed. Emma had her first friend visit for a sleep over last night and I am wiped out. They had a great time playing and it reminded me of those times I slept over at my friends’ houses. Those are always good memories. I am looking forward to Emma’s social life expanding as she enters kindergarten two weeks from tomorrow. We got a letter from the school system yesterday and Emma’s kindergarten teacher’s name is Mrs. Reynolds. I hope that her teacher will have as big an impact on Emma that Mrs. Riester had on mine. I know that Allison won’t be that far behind, either.
When I do get to reading today, it will have to be Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin.
I got this book for free from Penguin Classics under the agreement that I would read and review it in 6 weeks from receipt. It arrived on July 12th, so I don’t have much time left. This book was automatically selected for me when I entered their giveaway. This would not have been the classic I would have chosen and the cover pretty much freaks me out. I’m about 20 pages in to this 600+ page tome. It’s slow going because there is about three references on a page and unfortunately I am not the kind of reader who can just let those go by. Hopefully the story will eventually pick up. I really would rather be reading The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner or The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles. So, I’m keeping those books on my nightstand to drive me along. I’m also promising myself a professional pedicure as a reward for following through on my obligations. In this case, free books are not free. 🙂
That’s my life in reading today. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going on in your world.