Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Salon: It's Almost Feeling Like Spring

Well the weather's been a little milder these past couple of days (ignoring Friday's snow storm) and I've been enjoying this weekend very much. Yesterday my husband and I went shopping for a bunch of things and today we're finishing up some preparations for the week ahead. Tomorrow he's giving a talk at one of the synagogues I used to work for, about the Snyder v. Phelps case; it should be a great evening. I'm really looking forward to it.

Today? Today I'm off to the gym first thing and then hopefully I'll have time to read. I tried to read Talia Carner's Jerusalem Maiden, which I was given by LibraryThing from their Early Reviewers program. Bo-ring. It's one of these very by-the-numbers girl-from-ultraconservative-religious-group-rebels books. I put it down after two days. It's not horrible- it's just not for me. I'm trying desperately to knock off some review obligations; I read Atiq Rahimi's A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear and now I'm reading Funeral for a Dog, which is weird and funny and different. After that I need to read a Booker winner for my challenge, probably J.M. Coetzee's The Life and Times of Michael K. I can't wait for that!

Things are a little slow on the bookish-events front; I haven't really been keeping track of who's been coming around for readings. With the spring getting going, I need to find out what's coming up. The biggest thing on the horizon for me is the Newburyport Literary Festival, where I'll have the honor of being on a panel about book blogging, along with Kevin of Boston Book Bums, Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books and Sarah of Archimedes Forgets. That's coming up at the end of the month and it should be great.

That's it for me. What's going on with you today? Reading anything good? Or bad?

More Sunday Salon here.