Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Sunday Salon: Catch-Up Time

Just a short post today (and then it’s back to reading and the Cowboys). This morning I finished Robert Clark’s Mr. White’s Confession, and I’m still recovering. I don’t mean that to sound like I didn’t enjoy the book – I did. But it’s sort of a depressing read, with a fairly powerful emotional impact. I snagged it in LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program last month, although the book originally came out in 1998. So either they’re bringing out a new paperback edition, or maybe the publisher just wanted to get some bloggers building up interest. Anyway, now I need to work on getting my review posted – hopefully tomorrow if all goes well.

I’m way behind in reviews – there are about seven or eight books I read this summer still gathering dust on the shelf above my computer, waiting to be reviewed. I should cover them up with a doily or some plastic flowers or something, so they wouldn’t make me feel so guilty every time I look up there.

Earlier this week, I did manage to get a little piece (an “appreciation,” I guess) written about Will Cuppy, one of my favorite humorists, who died in September 1949. I’ve loved The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody since I first read it when I was about twelve. I think it may have been my first experience with footnotes. As I grew up, of course, I was to find, much to my dismay, that not all “scholarly” works are so wonderfully entertaining.

In addition to falling behind in reviews, I’ve just begun to realize I’ve got a dozen or so books to read for challenges that are going to be finishing up soon. So I’ve certainly got a busy reading schedule shaping up for this autumn. I may not be starting back to school this month, but I definitely need to hit the books!


  1. I am noticing a common theme today among Sunday Saloners: that idea of playing catch up. It could have something to do with the Weekly Geeks them which is exactly that too. I hope to do a little catching up myself in the next few weeks.

    I hope you have a great week, Joy!

  2. I've had that happen to me a few times. I need something light!

  3. I do hate to read dark, heavy things. I guess I'm getting too old. Give me more sugar candy for the brain, or at least something that has a smile or two in it.


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