Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Salon - July's Reading and Plans for August

The big thing this weekend is we have our car back. Several weeks go my husband was involved in a crash near our home (no one was hurt, thank God) that resulted in significant damage to the car; it was in the shop for nearly two weeks and we got it back on Friday. We didn't have a car for that time and it is so nice to have it back. We are lucky to live in an area with great public transportation and convenient amenities, but still! What a difference! We spent yesterday driving around just kind of everywhere, finishing out the day with a performance of Twelfth Night at a nearby park, starring a good friend. And that was wonderful.

Today I'm continuing to read Embassytown; I have about three chapters left to go, and it remains a slow but steady read. I also started The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's book and Random House's big fall release. I'm enjoying it so far. It's all written in the present tense, something I find a little precious, but I'm trying not to let that bother me too much. Personal taste and all. Oh well.

As far as my reading challenges, I finished two books this month for the Europa Challenge- Get Me Out of Here by Henry Sutton and The Woman with the Bouquet by Eric-Emmanual Schmitt. I'm behind on my Booker challenge- I didn't finish In a Free State this month so I'm going to have to read that and another winner to catch up in August. I'm excited about this year's longlist and I hope I get some time to read at least a couple of the books, but I will certainly read the winner towards the end of the year. And even though I didn't finish my whole science fiction reading list, I'm calling this month a success anyway.

August? In August I'm reading more 2011 releases and catching up on my challenges. At the top of the pile are Roland Merullo's The Talk-Funny Girl, The Vices by Lawrence Douglas, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson and Everything Beautiful Began After, by Simon Van Booy. I haven't decided on my next two Europas but I'll keep you posted! For the Booker challenge, I'm going to finish In a Free State and give Heat & Dust, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, a stab.

What are you up to today? How was your July for reading?
More Sunday Salon here.