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.