As usual with my Sunday Salon, because I am a Sunday napper, I haven’t got a lot of reading done this afternoon. However, I’m still working my way through the graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley and enjoying it. Tonight after my wife and I watch a movie, I hope to dip back into Andrea Camilleri’s third Inspector Montalbano book, The Snack Thief, on which I also am working.
In the meantime, I thought I’d give y’all a wrap up of my July reading, which isn’t too large of a list, and my week on this blog as well as highlights from my other blogs, including new header designs on all of my blogs except for this one.
The month in review in reading
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Exiles by Ron Hansen
- Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission To Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
My favorite for the month was the Alexie book, with my least favorite the Hansen book, although it was still good in its own way.
I read Thomas Wolfe’s tome (weighing in at a mere 522 pages, not a Russian novelist’s thousands of pages, it still was a tome to me after most of my reading has been of books under 300 pages) as part of the Southern Reading Challenge 2008. The challenge ends August 15 and I’ve switched my last book from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston to Black Boy by Richard Wright after a recommendation from a friend. I still might read the Thurston book, but it will be in addition to the challenge and when I want to read it.
Mortenson’s story, meanwhile, I read as part of a book chat on Travel the World (from a Comfy Chair), a discussion which is still taking place. So far, two others have posted their reviews of the book:
The week in review in blogging
Here, on Just A (Reading) Fool:
- Meditative Monday: Favorite places to read: the first in a new feature where I will be posting a photo of my favorite places to read.
- A run with Brother Lawrence: which was a cross-posted from two of my other blogs
- Where I be this Tuesday: which is response to raidergirl3‘s weekly question It’s Tuesday, Where are You?
- Booking Through Thursday: Frankly, my dear…isn’t the last line in the book, where I shared my favorite last lines of books as well as some sites where you can find more great last lines from books.
Over on Just A (Running) Fool (which features a new header, using a photo from the George Sheehan Classic in 2004):
- The aforementioned A run with Brother Lawrence, which was the only post there for the week, as I didn’t get much running in this week, thanks to terrible allergy headaches toward the end of the week that pretty much incapacitated me.
Over on Journeying with the Saints (which also features a new header, more in keeping with the theme of the blog):
- Again, a run with Brother Lawrence, which I’m really not trying to plug, but just keeps coming up since I crossposted it on four out of my five blogs (no, really).
Over on Unfinished Rambling(s) (which features a new header as well, incorporating the hood of a Nash Rambler):
- The hooptie hoop of poop that is my car, where I shared about the comedy and tragedy that is my car.
- Always check the amount before you sign – d’oh., where I talk about a bad credit/debit card experience.
Over on an unfinished person (in an unfinished universe), which also features a new header based off CD cover art created by JR Rost for a Charles Ives CD, incorporating William Blake’s watercolor Newton:
- A poem for a cousin going into rehab upstate, for my Wordsmith Wednesday.
After I get done here, actually, I’ll be going to play a bit of catchup with my other blogs as I notice I’m a bit behind. But with five blogs, it’s not always easy (not that I’m whining; it’s not like anyone forced me to create them all, is it?).