Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Sunday Salon: My Weekly Reading

Just a brief post today. I'm anxious to get back to my reading. I've actually got four books going right now, and one of them is a whodunit. And I'm getting close to finding out who done it. Although I think I've already got it figured out (I always think that, but I'm almost always wrong).

The mystery novel is Rita Mae Brown's Rest in Pieces, the second in her Mrs. Murphy series (and that's a very good title for it – dismembered corpses are piling up at an alarming rate). I've read a few other books in the series – but now I'm determined to read the rest in the proper order. Although I don't think that's necessary in order to enjoy the books – I'm just extremely obsessive-compulsive about such things. Actually, you can dive in at any point in the series and still have a great time.

The other books I'm reading right now are Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner, Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, and The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I really started the first two late last year, but didn't get far enough to claim them as "books read in 2008." Time Traveler is a little longer than most of the books I usually choose – at 530+ pages in paperback, it's something of a chunkster (and I'm considering using it for that particular challenge). But I've heard such good things about it, I decided to give it a try and so far I'm enjoying it quite a lot.

This past week, I managed to read one book that I've had on my TBR list for a couple of years now – The Master, by Colm Toibin. Now I need to work on a short review for my blog. I also managed to post a review this week – first one in quite a while (Review: Drawers & Booths, by Ara 13), so I feel like I'm finally getting moving again. One of my private resolutions for the new year was to write reviews of all my un-reviewed books from 2008, and get them posted before the end of January. And that's about half a dozen books, so I really need to get busy this week.

I've also spent a little time today trying to catch up on my blog reading. And there were a lot of really interesting posts this week, especially the one about the ethics of book reviewing, over at Trish's blog (Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin?). If you haven't read it yet, you might want to stop by and see where you stand on the issue. I weighed in with my own thoughts here.

Hmmmm. I said this was going to be brief, didn't I? Well, the best-laid plans of mice and bloggers . . . . Anyway, hope everybody has a great week and gets a lot of reading done! Now back to all those scattered body parts.


  1. I reading a mystery too. The Rose Conspiracy by Craig Parshall. Like you, I hardly ever figure out who the bad guy is.

  2. I have Hotel du Lac on my shelf, I'm looking forward to your review of it!

    I don't like mysteries, and I think in large part it's because they're always stumping me! I want to know what happens and I have absolutely zero patience, heh.


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