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!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Sunday Salon 10 August 2008 *Afternoon Edition*
Hello, fellow Salon Members! If I didn't know any better, I'd say there was a touch of autumn in the air here today. I went for a walk earlier, and there was a distinct nip in the air, and it started to sprinkle a little, and it actually was quite the chilly rain! As much as I enjoy autumn, I'm not ready to be done with summer quite yet!
It's been a slow reading week. After my sister left, I kept myself busy at work and visiting with some friends whom I hadn't seen in awhile. Friday evening, I went to see Wicked with 2 friends and all of our respective mothers. If you have never seen Wicked, I simply cannot recommend it enough. I read the book by Gregory Maguire, and to be honest, I wasn't that impressed with it. Eventually I will pick up the sequel, Son of a Witch, and I just discovered that there is a third book coming out in October, A Lion Among Men. I'm not exactly sure what it was about the book that I didn't like (it's been awhile since I read it) but it just didn't speak to me. The musical, on the other hand, makes me cry each time I see the show. It is such a powerful story of friendship, and the music is spectacular and the settings and costumes are just beautiful. The emotions that it brings up in me can almost be overwhelming sometimes.
As for my reading, I did finish J. Scott Savage's Farworld: Water Keep this morning. Mr. Savage sent me this book as an ARC, and I have to say that I was impressed. It was his first novel, and I could tell that he put a lot into its creation. You can read my review of it here.
I'm planning on finishing Water for Elephants tonight. I bought it when it first came out because there was so much buzz around it, but it took me until last week to finally pull it off the shelf and give it a read (also due to two separate friends mentioning that I should read it). It is the story of Jacob Jankowski, who is in his 90s, living in a nursing home, and reliving his days he spent with the circus as their vet when he was in his early 20s. It is a beautifully written story, and I'm anxious to finally find how Jacob's story ends.
After that, I'm hoping to make a dent in my ARC pile. I've received several books over the last couple of weeks that I need to get read and reviewed before I feel I can rightly move on to anything else. I'm continuing on with The Fellowship of the Ring on audiobook during my work commute and if I've got it planned properly, I should finish that right before I head to Florida at the end of the month. And yes, I've even got my books planned for that trip; Agatha Christie's Until There Were None, the second Dresden Files book, and Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr. I'm really looking forward to Daggerspell. So many people have said that I will like it.
I hope everyone has a plentiful reading week.