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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday Salon 3 August 2008 *Afternoon Edition*

Hello, fellow Salon Members! Can it really have been so many weeks since I last visited the Salon? Ah summer, so much to do and so few months to do it in! My sister was in visiting from Maine for the last two weeks, hence my lack of time for the Salon. It seemed we were off doing something each Sunday that kept me from my computer. We only get to see each other a couple of times a year, so we try to fill our time together as much as possible. She has flown back East now, so I thought I'd stop in for a quick visit. It's always a grand time when she's here.

I recapped my July and found that, as a whole, that it was a very good reading month for me. I completed 9 books, which was a huge improvement from my paltry 4 in June. I completed 2 books from the 1001 list, even though both were rereads and one was an audiobook, I think they still count. This month I have a fair share of review books to complete and I want to tackle Zadie Smith's On Beauty as my 1001 book for the month. I'm currently working on Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and then I think I'm going to read Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Beyond that, I have so many good books in my TBR pile, I won't know what to choose next.

The audiobook I have just finished is The Hobbit and I will be moving on to The Fellowship of the Ring next. I haven't read The Lord of the Rings in many years, and with my library so close now, I'm trying to take advantage of it, and since I have 1/2 hour commute to work, I thought a good way to spend that time was listening to books. I chose Tolkien's books as I wanted something I could listen to but not have to focus all of my attention on, and these seemed to be a good choice so far. I haven't listened to many audiobooks (I've always felt they were cheating a little bit) but after a couple of tries, have found that I really enjoy it!

I hope you all have a wonderful reading week in front of you! I think I shall go make some dinner and then wander outside with a good book to catch the last light of day.


Literary Feline said...

I am glad you had such a nice visit with your sister. Whenever family visits us, we are often on the go as well. You are reading two books currently that I hope to read one of these days, Water for Elephants and Never Let Me Go. I look forward to reading what you thought of them when you are finished.

If ever I am in a position to try listening to audio books, I think I would like to start by listening to ones I have already read too. Maybe get to some of those books I always meant to reread, but never got around to. I have a 1/2 drive to work each way too, but I can't give up my music and news.

I hope you have a great week!

Irish said...

I read Never Let Me Go early in the year...I thought that it was an excellent read.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed 'Water for Elephants' but 'Never Let Me Go' was the most disturbing and one of the most remarkable books I've ever read. I'm going to be really interested in what you think about it. It will haunt me for the rest of my life. As to 'On Beauty' - well I have a number of tales I could tell about that, but I'll wait until you've finished it.

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Although on trains for up to 20 hours a week in the worse weeks, I am also working thanks to IT and phones so don't get the chance for audio books. Although a good way of getting through the classics.

My Journey Through Reading... said...

9 books! How have you found the time with Summer here and visitors? I read 2 books in July which is by far the worst month ever! I can't believe it is already August. I am looking forward to Fall when I can finally read without feeling guilty about not being outside. Do you like Water for Elephants?