Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Reading Changes

If you've been paying attention to things around here, this week, I decided to make some reading changes. Yes, I'm going to give a certain genre a break. In fact, I just may shake up the reading habits altogether! Oh gosh, I have no idea what I'm talking about! But I do know, things are gonna change!

Last month I was on a reading roll, this month, wow things are dragging. Weird how that happens. July just makes me feel sluggish all around. Did I say that already? I think I did last week. Well, it does. So I'm wondering if that makes me feel sluggish reading-wise too. Or is it just that I'm sick of what I've been reading?
Whatever it is, there's going to be changes I tell you!

So what does that mean? I don't know. Pay attention the next few weeks and tell me if it means anything at all!

First of all, I dropped everything I was currently reading and picked up Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner and have been loving that. It really is pretty much what I needed.

But I am still half way through The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan and I simply must finish it, but it's dragging (dragon? Ha, couldn't resist.) It could take me another month at this rate.

I took a ton of books back to the library unread. Then today, I bought two books (The Glass Castle and People of the Book... do you see a change already?) I kept one library book, Captain Wentworth's Diary. Hmmm... it looks fun, but not too sure. Also, I checked out Shiver, only because it was on hold and it would be, like, blasphemous or something to leave it there, so I 'll give it a chance, but not holding my breath there either.

Other books that are sitting here starring me in the face that are far far removed from that genre and could shake up my reading of late:

The Silver Eagle by Ben Kane
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
Children of God by Mary Doria Russell (oh I forgot, also from the library... along with...)
Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

And man I'm not only craving a cowboy book, but a classic. What do you think? Could I handle Bleak House about now? Or Vanity Fair? Or is a sluggish month not the best time to start something like that? Yes, I'm crazy. Truly truly crazy.

And I think I should throw in a nonfiction too. What should it be? Hmmmm......

Also this past week:
And that's about it since not only have I been sluggishly reading, but sluggishly blogging too.

How are you all holding up?


  1. I couldn't agree more about THAT GENRE.

    I haven't even read any of those books, but I saw a Twilight movie. It didn't take much for me to be bored. And seeing those books EVERYWHERE feels...well, like...okay, enough already.

    There are so many good books out there, so I'm not spending one moment on books I know I won't enjoy.

    Here's my salon:

  2. I loved the Glass Castle! :)

  3. LOL, I love this post and I love that you're shaking things up. I'm trying to be as unpredictable as possible this year because, frankly, that tends to keep me out of a slump. I wish you well getting away from the genre-that-shall-not-be-named.

  4. I have to keep a mix in my reading, and I have a few fall backs (to clear the palate)... I look forward to your differing reads.

    I do not read many cowboy books. I took a class on NW Literature and though not cowboy in the sense of the SW or wild west, there were some enjoyable authors. I would highly recommend Molly Gloss (the jump-off creek; the hearts of horses). She is both intelligent and entertaining.

    btw, your daughter's post was delightful.

  5. That Robert Jordan series really dragged on me, too. I ended up not finishing- good luck to you!

  6. July has been pretty sluggish for me as well. I'm blaming it on the heat, but it might just be a reading rut. Good luck with shaking things up!

  7. YAY! So glad you're enjoying PIECES OF SKY. It's fun, isn't it? I was surprised by how much I liked it. Can't wait to hear your thoughts about it!



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