Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Salon - Read-a-Thons and Other Stuff

Yesterday was the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon and I decided at the last minute to participate. I used the opportunity to finish three books that I'd been reading simultaneously; it was a great day of reading and relaxing and blogging! Now I'm deep into Jetta Carleton's The Moonflower Vine, republished recently by HarperCollins after being out of print since 1962. It's a wonderful family story set during the early 20th century in Missouri. But it's not a sappy heartwarmer; it's about a family full of turmoil and conflict, beautifully written. I don't do sappy heartwarmers, generally speaking.

I want to extend my thanks to everyone who helped organize the Read-a-Thon and to all the cheerleaders and commenters. The Read-a-Thons are great community events and it's always so much fun to participate, when I remember they're happening!

Challenge-wise, I read my two Europa Editions for October- Everything Happens Today and Poisonville. The review for Everything will be forthcoming this week. For next month, I think I'll read The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress, by Beryl Bainbridge, and Days of Fear, by Daniele Mastrogiacomo. I've been meaning to read more nonfiction and Mastrogiacomo's book about being held captive by the Taliban sounds really fascinating.

Activity-wise it's been a slow week for me. Life is about to get busier but I'll have more on that next week. In the mean time this evening I'm looking forward to a big family birthday party and some more reading today, in between bouts of housework.

Just for fun, here's a picture of my Pandora-kitty enjoying her yellow chair. Is she cute or what?

I started a blog on Tumblr. Come follow me! I'll post miscellaneous bookish stuff there from time to time- random stuff that catches my attention.

What are you up to today? Sorry for the brief post but there's not much to talk about today! I hope you're having a great Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.