Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Salon: Fall Fair, Books and How Much I Love Everyman's Library

So how is your weekend going? Did you participate in yesterday's ReadaThon? I didn't this time, but it's a great event and I hope those of you who did have a great day. It's really hard for me to sit still for long, especially this time of year when the weather is sunny and crisp and there's so much to do outside and around town.

Yesterday my husband and I went to the annual Topsfield Fair, a farming and agricultural fair I've been going to since I was a baby. We petted animals, ooo-ed and ah-ed over baby bunnies and chickens, won cheap toys at the midway and wandered the stalls and vendors. It was a great day.

Today, though, will likely be a reading day! I finished the first hardcover in my pile for my personal challenge, Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (review coming this week) and started Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, by Natasha Solomons. I've also been reading Penelope Fitzgerald's Offshore, her Booker Prize winner. I've been reading Offshore in the Everyman's Library edition and I have to say, if you like nice-quality books but worry that they are impractical to actually read, Everyman's Library is for you. They have beautiful cloth bindings and come in a smallish size, with lovely smooth, ivory paper and bindings that lay open easily. They are very comfortable to hold and live with- quality editions that aren't just for display but for reading. The first Everyman's Library edition I got came as a gift and now I think I want all my books in Everyman's editions. To paraphrase Homer Simpson, Oh Random House, is there anything you can't do?

Well, Offshore is a short novel and I'm almost done so I think I'll get back to it now. What are you reading today? Or are you taking the day off after the Readathon? Whatever you're doing, have a great day.

More Sunday Salon here.