Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sunday Salon # 5

Funny how sometimes this thing called life gets in your way and keeps you from reading as much as you would like too. As much as I am enjoying my current book and my audiobook I just haven't been able to give them as much time as I would like. I hope to finish The Blind Assassin tonight or tomorrow. I'm almost finished with my audio book as well.

I managed to cross off one of my three reviews. It was the negative review for The House of the Spirits. You can read it here if you would like.

I did spend some time working/lurking on Weekly Geeks this weeks even though I didn't really post a lot about it. The challenge was to link to anyone who has written a review for a book that you have reviewed as well. I went off hunting and considering how many books get read around here I found very few people and I shared books we had reviewed. I think only one person has contacted me about linking up. It felt like a wild goose chase with very little reward. Hopefully people will read the little note I'm putting on the bottom of all future reviews and will contact me if they have reviewed the book.

Hopefully I can get a little more reading done in the upcoming week.


The Blind Assassin: Margaret Atwood. Still. I'm really enjoying it, I just don't seem to have time to sit down and read. I'm on page 355 of 521. I should cut myself some slack. It is a pretty long book. The plot has thickened so to speak and I'm more interested in the characters and what is going on. I'm trying to "guess" to see if I've figured it out, but then I get a piece of info here and there that makes me change my mind. To me this guessing makes a good story.


The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This is a continuation of the Oz series that features the Scarecrow and the Tinman. I had not read the book so this is my first go around with this story. I feel like a kid listening to this story. I have it on my iPod and often catch myself just sitting and grinning as I'm listening to it. Good thing I only listen to it when I'm alone. I probably look very silly.

WHAT I BOUGHT THIS WEEK (what showed up from PaperBack Swap)
  • mr. muos' traveling couch by Dai Sigie
  • Sushi for One? by Camy Tang
  • The Reincarnationsit by M. J. Rose
CHALLENGE UPDATE: no books finished = nothing to update.

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  • or none and pull something not on my challenge list that just showed up in the mail or I bought randomly the last few times I was in the store


Literary Feline said...

I didn't get to visit many of the other blogs in the Weekly Geek Challenge last week like I hoped. Hopefully I will find time to do that this next week. I noticed on your sidebar that you have a lot of books listed I hope to read. I just have to read and review them, right? :-)

I am sorry you didn't care for House of Spirits. I haven't read anything by that particular author myself. I have heard mostly good things about her work, although haven't heard much about the one you read and reviewed.

I am glad you are enjoying The Blind Assassin. I am looking forward to reading that one quite a bit. My husband speaks highly of it and so does many others.

Have a great week, Juli!

gautami tripathy said...

I have not been able to go beyond 120 odd pages pf blind assassin. that too despite finding it interesting. I plan to finish it by next Sunday Salon!

Julie said...

Oh, I remember The Marvelous Land of Oz very well! My daughter just read it recently too, so we've been talking about it quite a bit.

The original Oz books have a very different tone from the movie, don't you think? There are a lot of puns and wordplay. The closest the movie gets is when the Tin Man says "That's you all over" when the Scarecrow's straw is scattered on the ground. That's my favorite line in the movie because it reminds me so much of the books.

Jeane said...

I recommend The Book of Ruth. It's quite good. And I'm curious to hear what you think of The Reincarnationist. That's one I didn't care for myself, but it's of a genre I don't usually read.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to start Scott Westerfield's series this year...not sure if I'll have the time though!

Chayenne said...

The Blind Assassin is one of my favorite books ever. It was the first Atwood book I ever read, and I've been hooked ever since. Sadly, I read it before my book blogging days, so I don't have a review of it up, but I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. :)


Juli said...

I just finished The Blind Assassin. It was really good.

twiga92 said...

I recently read Sushi for One? by Camy Tang and really enjoyed it. I've now ordered the next book in the series - Only Uni and am eagerly looking forward to reading it. Hope you enjoy!

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