What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....
Unplanned Hiatus: As you might have noticed I took an unplanned hiatus. It was for several reasons. The major one is that I had been out of work of a while and starred looking (really hard) for a job. Notice that I used had... I found a job. The problem with finding a job is trying to find a way to fit in reading. I could read on the bus but for some reason I don't. Another reason that I was gone was that I was having really spotty internet connection. That problem was solved months ago, but that was on of the initial causes of my absence. The last and final reason was that I was in a reading slump. I just wasn't really interested in anything that I read. I am hoping that I am out of the slump, since I have so much to read.
Hosted Challenge: I am still hosting the Toni Morrison mini Challenge. I am hope people are participating and didn't drop out because of my absence. So, for the month of December, it looks like I will be reviewing one Toni Morrison book a week.
Current Challenges Status: Not counting the Toni Morrison Mini Challenge. I have signed up for 7 challenges this year. I still have 5 to complete. I am going to officially state in this post that I am going to fail at least one, I am bowing out of the Round The World Challenge. There is no way that I can complete it. I signed up to read 18 books, and so far I have only read 8. I will write a separate post on this fail, later in the week.
I may or may not be able to complete the 1% Well Read Challenge. I'm three books away from declaring victory, but I might have a problem getting the books The Handmaiden's Tale from the library in enough time. I am like number 4 on the list and they have 27 copies but the library here in Miami can be kind of slow at times.
With the Serial Reader Challenge, I have three more books to read in the L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress Series before I am complete. The next book is The Bitten, there is only one copy in the whole Miami-Dade, library system. I am number 4 on the hold list. I technically can declare a victory now, even with completing the VHL. I did read the Uglies Trilogy which wasn't apart of my original list. If I rearrange it a little, than I am done (the rules don't say I can't do this). I will decide latter in the month depending on if I get The Bitten.
Challenge Addiction: Now after stating that I might not complete the challenges that I signed up for, I am ready for new reading challenges. I will be repeating several challenges from last year, deleting some, and adding new ones.
The Returning Challenges:
- TBR Challenge - great of getting some the books that have been sitting on my TBR pile forever off.
- 1% Well Read Challenge - because I love list and this is a great way to challenge myself to read outside my comfort zone.
- The Pulitzer Project - a nice perpetual challenge that gets me to read prize winning books. I normal don't pay attention to awards but enjoyed most of the Pulitzers that I have read so far.
New Challenges (so far):
- Read Your Own Book Challenge - this should be a great challenge to combined with the TBR Challenge. It will get me to read some of my own books instead of them just collecting dust.
Coming Up This Week (Reviews Scheduled):
Dancing With Ana by Nicole Barker
Hair Story: Untangling The Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps
Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini
The Impostor's Daughter by Laurie Sandell