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Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Sunday Salon: 18 Jan 09

Posted by Irish in Misc, Sunday Salon1 Comment

Good morning Sunday Saloners I hope that you all had a wonderful reading week. I finished two books this week, the first was an audio of The Myth of Me & You by Leah Stewart and the second was a novella by Jim Butcher called Backup. I haven’t written my reviews of those yet but I hope to get to them soon. I’m still also plugging away at Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. I love the story telling and the prose of the book but I just don’t get lost in the story. I’ve also been leaving the building at lunch time with others so that has cut into my reading time a bit. These past weeks I find if I don’t leave the building then I am harrassassed at lunch by people asking questions….which only serve to annoy me and interrupt my reading. Seems you can’t take a break anymore. *le sigh*

Since I don’t have a whole ton to talk about with reading I thought that I would do a Book based Meme.

1. What was the last book you bought?

The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes from Amazon using the $10 gift card that I earned from them…so I am still good with my personal challenge to not buy books in 2009. (go me!) I heard about this book on a friends blog and it sounded interesting.

2. Name a book you have read MORE than once.

There are so many that I go back and reread I can’t possibly name them all so just to name a few: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Belgariad and Mallorean Series by David Eddings, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Lord of the Rings by Tolkein…et al

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

I don’t think that any one book has every changed the way that I think….but books have challenged how I think and look at something. And those books encourage me to look at other books on the subject and sometimes as a result there is change in my thinking. But there has never been one book that I’ve read that makes me say ‘oh lordy I have been so wrong I must not think like that again!’

3. How do you choose a book? e.g. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews?

For non-fiction books I chose them on a subject that interests me and then read from a variety of viewpoints. I don’t think that you can get a good picture of a person or event by just reading one book about them.

For fiction its a combination of things. I’ll hear my friends raving about about a book and that might might me curious to check it out. Sometimes in the store I am drawn to a cover. So much so that I must pick it up and read the back. Sometimes that book sounds so compelling I must bring it home with me…others not so much and I put it back. I try not to read reviews of books…at least not reviews posted on sites like Amazon. For all too often a review will give away key elements of the plot and spoil the read for me before I’ve even begun it. I will read the reviews of bloggers because most often they are written by fellow book lovers and so they won’t give away the end….or if they do plan on ranting or raving about a key topic they’ll give some sort of spoiler warning.

5. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

I do tend to read more fiction than non-fiction…but I do love a good non-fiction book.

6. What’s more important in a novel – beautiful writing or a gripping plot?


7. Most loved/memorable character?

Another one where its hard to chose just one….hmm….for now I am going to go with Silk from The Belgariad/Mallorean Series. He is sly and caggy and filled with a biting wit. Not to mention that he is loyal to his friends and killer with a sword against his enemies.

8. Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

9. What was the last book you read?

Backup by Jim Butcher

10. Have you ever given up on a book halfway in?

Yes…and I’ve quite a book long before the halfway point too. I think that life is too short to waste time on bad books. Sometimes the timing of a read just isn’t right. Other times the book is just bad. I tend to do a rough page estimate…I’ll give a book 50 to 100 pages (maybe more or less it all depends on the overall length of the book) and if I am not enjoying it by then then I call it quits and look for something else.

Well, thank you all for stopping by and I hope that your week to come is filled with lots of good reads.

Happy Reading!

One Response to “The Sunday Salon: 18 Jan 09”

  1. Literary Feline

    I can’t wait to find out what you think about Backup.

    I have the same problem in my office at work. I’ve actually taken to hiding in an area of the office that is empty during the day time. I’ve had to move a couple of times because I’ve been discovered. Now that the weather isn’t so bad, I sometimes even go sit in my car and read.

    I like your response to #6. 🙂 Really, how can choose?

    Have a great week!