April, 2020 - I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Sunday Salon May 25, 2008 - Saturday Evening edition
Good (Saturday) afternoon to you, fellow Saloners! I know I'm a day early this week, but I won't be around my computer tomorrow, and I've come to enjoy typing up my weekly posts just as much as I enjoy surfing around to everyone's Salons.
It has been yet another slow reading week, but with good excuses this time around! I'm still dogsitting for my friend S while she is teaching in Ireland, so my normal schedule is thrown off. It's not like this is such a disruption of my day, but staying at someone else's home plays with my normal rhythm of a day, so I find myself not being able to get in as much reading, even though I have the same amount of time in a day. Weird, isn't it? (If you're reading this, S, I don't mind! It's just an observation.)
Also, Tuesday night, my friend B and I went to Detroit to see Eddie Izzard and his Stripped show. If you are not familiar with Eddie Izzard (for those in the US, you may know him from Fox's The Riches), he is an English comedian and actor and who is, in my opinion, one of the funniest and smartest men alive. He tends to be extremely liberal in his ideals and isn't for everyone, but he's worth watching. I would recommend his show Dress to Kill for those new to Eddie.
Thursday, B and I went to see the Michigan Opera Theatre's performance of Verdi's La Traviata. They usually perform at the Detroit Opera House (which happens to be where we saw Eddie Izzard on Tuesday) but occasionally they will hold one-night performances at our local theater here in East Lansing, the Wharton Center. It has been probably 20 years since I had last scene La Traviata, and I was thrilled to be seeing it again. This was a beautiful performance. Even though I know how the shows ends, when the curtain fell on Thursday night's performance, I had chills. Click here if you'd like to see a dress rehearsal of the Drinking Song.
And then last night, B and I sat home and watched Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in anticipation of going to see the new film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Lost Skull on Monday. I love the Indiana Jones films, and can't wait for Monday to get here! They are just so much gosh-darn fun!!
So you see, so many reasons why I didn't get any reading done this week. I should be able to finish Meg Waite Clayton's The Wednesday Sisters tonight (which is still proving to be an enjoyable read - I hope you aren't let down, Irish! I'll be owing you $15 otherwise.) I'm hoping to finish reading Jeff Smith's Bone tomorrow. I can't tell you how much I've been enjoying this book. It starts out as what seems to be nothing more than the silly adventures of the Bone cousins getting lost in the Valley after they are run out of Boneville due to some cash-making scheme that Phone Bone came up with, and it has transformed into this sprawling, epic tale. I'm sure I'll have more to write later in the week when I get it finished.
Have any of you ever had a book like that? Something that you were sure was going to go in one direction, and thrills you by going in another, completely different direction, and you loved every minute of it? Just curious.
Happy reading everyone and look forward to visiting with everyone later in the week when I'll be around a computer again.