This week’s Sunday Salon, I begin with Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I’m already about 100 pages into the 318-page book and probably should be finished with the book by the end of the day today. I found this one on a bargain book rack at the local used bookstore and my wife, who has already read it, highly recommended it to me. I don’t know if I’m as thrilled with it as she is. However, it is better so far than the book with which I ended last week’s Sunday Salon post, The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr. I was unable to finish that book, but still reviewed it here.
I also will continue reading Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, which I’m taking very slowly and sporadically, but am still enjoying. I might add a few books that I took out of our local library:
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson
- Exiles by Ron Hansen.
I actually picked up the latter book twice at the library. The first time I didn’t plan on taking out the book. I saw on the cover that Hansen was the author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which is a movie I have in my Netflix queue. So I went to see if the library owned a copy, which the library didn’t and I had to order the book through interlibrary loan. In the process, though, I learned that the book Exiles was a fictional account of how Gerard Manley Hopkins might have been inspired to write his famous poem The Wreck of the Deutschland. In college, I fell in love with the poetry of Hopkins and when I saw that this was about one of his most celebrated poems, I decided that I could not resist and especially at only 227 pages.
A review of my week in blogging here
Tuesday was my busiest day in terms of blogging here:
- I participated in Tuesday Thingers, sponsored by The Boston Bibliophile, which this week was about unique books that we own on LibraryThing. Here was my answer.
- Also on Tuesday, I highlighted a new project that has been started by The Bluestocking Society called Blue Leafs, in which she will give weekly one-page notes on a book that can be used by reading group. Her first one is for On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.
- I participated in raidergirl3’s It’s Tuesday, Where Are You?. At that time, I was just getting ready to take off to the home of the vice president of a South American country, where a lavish birthday was being thrown for Mr. Hosokawa in Patchett’s book. Here was my slightly extended answer.
- And finally, I celebrated that I was up over 1,000 views for the month (now climbing to 1,300) on this fledgling blog.
On Thursday, I participated:
- in Weekly Geeks #9 (my answer in link) for which I updated my lists on my reading challenges.
- and Booking Through Thursday (my answer in link).
On Friday, I ended my week by:
- giving an update on my actual reading for the week since that is about which this blog is supposed to be
Bonus: For something a little off the beaten path, here is something from one of my other blogs about what happened when I misheard something my wife said yesterday morning and what happens when she misheard some lyrics to a Yes song.