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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunday Salon: Another Slow Reading Week

Posted by Irish in Misc, Reading Progess, Sunday Salon14 Comments

Good Morning my fellow Sunday Saloners, as always I hope that you are well and enjoy your visit with me today…as I am sure to enjoy my visit to your pages. This has been a slow reading week for me. I finished The Explosionist last weekend and started Stewart O’Nan’s Songs for the Missining. Despite the fact that Missing is less than 300 pages, I haven’t made a ton of progress (currently at around pg 197.) I am very disappointed in myself. I have read some of the book each day at lunch but then never seemed to pick it up while at home. Its an interesting read and I want to know what happens. But it also contains a difficult subject matter….the disappearance of a child and the aftermath. I enjoy O’Nan’s style of writing and think that he’ll definitely be an author that I’ll be looking more into.

In other news, starting today I am officially on my book ban. I am going to attempt to not buy a single book from now until my birthday in September. I did this last year and did pretty well…only falling off the wagon a few times. But even when I stumbled I didn’t buy too many books. Only one or two. So overall I was quite proud of myself. I hope to repeat those efforts this year and in doing so work on my TBR pile. I had tried to start my ban this month but couldn’t seem to stay on the wagon. So my last purchases (hopefully) for the next few months will be:

Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven Book 2) by Brandon Mull
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski
The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey

and I am awaiting the following deliveries from my dear friends at Amazon:

Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven Book 3) by Brandon Mull
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton (pre-ordered, due to be released 17 June 2008)
Bone: One Volume Edition by Jeff Smith (another book I first heard about on David’s Blog – I think that I might have to ban myself from reading his blog as well.)

So there are my last purchases, a little heavy on Young Adult lit, but that just seems to be the phase that I am in of late. Please wish me luck in my goal. As you all know the lure of new books is strong….yet the fear of the ones waiting on the shelf can sometimes be even stronger. And now I must bid you all adieu, I think that today I will keep the television off and try to make my way through those last hundred or so pages of Songs for the Missing and then try to figure out what to focus on next. Although I should probably spend more time on my LT Group Read Middlemarch. But first I will visit the salons of some of you, to return later to view some of the rest, stay hear as long as you want…..enjoy the sun and the scones and I will catch up with you all again next Sunday.

Happy Reading!

14 Responses to “Sunday Salon: Another Slow Reading Week”

  1. tapestry100

    I hope you like Bone! I’m going to be owing you some serious money soonof you don’t end up liking these books! 🙂

    And good luck with the book ban. I’ve still stuck to mine. If fact I went to B&N yesterday to see if there was anything that cause my eye, and there wasn’t, so even though mine is done as of tomorrow, I’ll see how long I can still wait.

  2. John's comments

    Well almost doing the same thing as run out of room to store many more books. I tend not to buy new books as get them via ReadItSwapIt and Bookmmooch but my TBR is out of hand so I restricting it to the odd UK wishlist from Bookmooch. Also its an odd experience to look at some ones TBR and not recognise any

  3. Lisa

    Good luck with your book ban! I try to do that, but I cave each time. When I get down to 2 or 3 unread books, I freak out that I’m going to run out! I came to your blog via The Sunday Salon and in reading your post you reminded me of a book I must get! THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST. I need to write that down!! 🙂 Enjoyed your post! See you at the salon!

  4. Jill

    I hope The Songs for the Missing “picks” up for you – it is a difficult book to read.

    Good luck on the book ban. I need to do the same. LOL.

    =) Jill

  5. J. Kaye Oldner

    I didn’t find the post for the reading challenge, so I’ll post here.

    Welcome to the 100+ Reading Challenge! 😀 I have posted your link on the right sidebar of the blog. Another thing I am doing something, at least I think it is. I’d like to start posting the participating members favorite book for each month on the blog. Jan – May are already up. If you send me your favorite book for April & May, I’ll post it in the photo slider.

    You are also welcome to chat with us on the Yahoo Groups. The link can be found at

    Best of luck and above all, have fun!

  6. J. Kaye Oldner

    I’m back to comment on The Sunday Saloners…lol!

    I have The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski on my shelf. Some of my friends have read it.

  7. Shauna

    I wish you the best of luck with your book ban. I try to ban myself from buying books now and then, but I tend to have very little luck with it. I think I actually buy more when I ban myself- go figure. I’m a compulsive shopper.

    I wish I could comment on your purchases, but I only recognize a few of the titles, and haven’t read any of them. I hope you enjoy them, at any rate.


  8. Irish

    tapestry – you are evil on my wallet. start reading books I already own…k?

    lisa – my tbr list is currently in the hundreds…i think it will be a long long time before I run the risk of only have 1 or 2 in my pile. hence the need for my ban. lol

    jill – i am really enjoying ‘songs for the missing’ but its a difficult read. touches very close to home because I have a friend who has gone through this. the disappearance of a relative and the not knowing what happened.

    jkaye – i picked up up The Next Thing on my list while waiting for a friend at Target and couldn’t put it down. I look forward to reading this one. hopefully it lives up to its first few pages.

    shauna – i know i won’t go completely without new books…but with some determination and help from friends the damage is usually minimalized. Little slips also help prevent binge buying when the ban is lifted. =)

  9. Terri

    You are a brave woman, banning book purchases from yourself. I’ll be rootin’ for ya!

    I’m a September birthday too! (6th). Are you a Virgo?? Imagine that.

    Have a good week – thanks for the good wishes for my surgery.


  10. Irish

    terri – brave…or insane? lol I can only try my best. your cheering will help. =)

    Also happy early september bday to you. Its a great month…only the really special people are born in Septemeber. =D

  11. My Journey Through Reading...

    I started Songs for the Missing this week as well. It is a difficult book to read due to the subject matter. I hope to finish it on my way home from New Orleans this week.

    Good luck with the book ban. I have no self control when it comes to buying books.

    By the way, I received my Penguin Classic on Friday.