It’s the last Sunday Salon of the month and so it’s an obligatory wrap-up of January’s reading and a look ahead to February’s reading. But first, let me look back at this past week in book-related posts:
- Knee deep in the hoopla of reading challenges, which probably should have been titled “Ankle deep in the hoopla of reading challenges” when compared to many book bloggers out there.
- Why I am not reading or watching I Am Number Four, a book by James Frey being released as a movie in February.
- You might be a book geek if…, where I explain why I’m a book geek, although nothing compared to some of you based on the comments.
Now on to the books I’ve read AND finished this month, which actually is less than the book-related posts I wrote this past week:
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sherlock Holmes, which is included in The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 (The Barnes & Noble edition) and was the last story/novel I had to read to finish that one.
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, which I read for the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge.
I also read and didn’t finish (and won’t finish) the following:
- Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk, which I was reading for a read-along.
- Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann, which was recommended by a few other book bloggers I know, but not for me specifically.
So why did I bag them? I explained that earlier in the month and you can read my thoughts on abandoning books recommended for you.
Today, I’ll be continuing to read Terra Incognita, the third in a series about ancient Rome, by Ruth Downie, whom I’ll be interviewing within the next couple of weeks here on this blog. She commented on one of my blog posts, in which I just mentioned that I was reading her book, and while I responded with a comment, I also e-mailed her my response along with a request for an interview, if she had time. Two days later, she responded and said if I sent her questions, she would get back to me, although it might take a little while because she’s been inundated with e-mails lately.
As for the next month and upcoming months, in addition to continuing the Harukami Reading Challenge, the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge and the Baker Street Challenge, I also only will be taking two books out of the library at one time and one book per week from the to-be-read shelf in my office. Right now, the two books I have out of the library are The Accidental Billionaries by Ben Mezrich, the basis for the movie The Social Network, and The Confessions of an Opium-Eater by Thomas de Quincey, an autobiographical account of his opium addiction published in 1821. I found the latter in the basement of our library (where we have to go to get books for patrons because of handicap accessiblity issues) and most likely won’t get to read, but I thought it looked, to say the least, intriguing.
At the end of the month, I’ll be joining Amy of My Friend Amy for Frederick Buechner Week February 28 through March 4, where she, I and other bloggers will be reading and discussing his The Eyes of the Heart: A Memoir of the Lost and Found. I also have agreed to review one other book of his and write an essay on his influence in my life.
As for what I’ll be reading other than those few books mentioned, I really don’t know. I’ll play it by ear.
So what are your reading plans for today, this week and the rest of the month of February?