Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Salon- Back on Track

Well we all seem to have survived The Great Blogger Outage of 2011. I lost comments on my Thursday post, but that was about it. Today? Another lazy Sunday... yeah right! I've got the gym and my improv class this afternoon, so this Sunday will be anything but lazy! Saturday is my lazy day these days. This week has been another busy one, with some progress made on various projects as well as a full week of work. And it just keeps coming. But that's okay- that's the way it should be, right?

So if I get a chance to read today, I'll be reading A Storm at the Door, by Stefan Merrill Block, which I'm about a third of the way into. It's a fictionalized version of his grandparents' life story, particularly about his grandfather's struggle with mental illness and his stay at the Boston-area McLean Hospital. It's a very good book that reminds me of his debut, The Story of Forgetting, which I read about two years ago. Or was it three? I can't remember exactly when it came out but in any case it was excellent and so is this one.

Since my theme is 2011 releases I'm taking the time to read more review books since they're all 2011 releases, too.This way, I can stick to my plan for the month, check some obligations off the list and feel less guilty when I spend next month reading a bunch of deep-backlist "me" books I've been looking forward to, like Election, by Tom Perrotta and The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken. I know Perrotta has a new one out soon and I hope to get a copy but in the mean time I really want to read Election. I follow McCracken on Twitter, reviewed one of her earlier books, saw her speak at a writing conference years ago and have just generally been curious about this book for years. So it's time.

I'm also doing some more weeding of the collection, which is difficult but necessary. It's particularly difficult to weed books I haven't read yet but at a certain point things get pushed so far to the back of the list that I really have to admit that unless I'm going to pick up a particular book next, I'm never going to pick it up. And some of the things I have lingering on the shelves, I can't even remember what about them interested me in the first place. Time to go!

Finally, I'm working on clearing out my manga collection and using the shelf space for my short story anthologies. I've been reading a story a day for a while now, in an attempt to work through that part of my library little by little. It's nice to unwind with a story at the end of the day; it's a limited commitment for a time of day when I'm not up for an engrossing novel. And I'm getting to actually read some of these books!

What are you up to today? Have a great Sunday whatever it is.

More Sunday Salon here.