If you’ve been following along at home for a while now, you know that I start from where I am and then go from there. First thing this morning, I checked in with fellow Sunday Saloner Trish at the blog Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity to see if she had her fourth bloggiversary post up yet, and she did and does. She’s having a small giveaway, but regardless stop by and wish her a happy fourth.
Second, last night after my power went off for two hours (more on that debacle in another post) and then came back on, I discovered yet another controversy swirling in the young adult genre. Most of the time I won’t lie, I click on the link, roll my eyes and move on, but this time I was stopped in my tracks by two thoughtful posts from Pam of the blog Bookalicious:
that are a response, the first one a direct response, to an article in the Wall Street Journal about how contemporary young adult fiction is too dark for teens to handle.
Third, and on a lighter note, in case you missed it, V.S. Naipaul is an ass…as summarized in this post from Boston.com.
Fourth, since I’m supposed to talk about my own reading this past week and in the upcoming week at some point during a Sunday Salon post, I guess I’ll do that…if you twist my arm:
A. As of Wednesday, the first day of this month, I’ve started over and given up on future plans for reading as I’m free to read what I want, any old time.
B. As of Friday, only two days later, I concocted a new plan on reading my way through two new sections I’m shelf-reading at the library — with books that catch my eye along the way. Honestly, though, I don’t know if I’ll stick to that, because heck, I am free to read what I want, any old time — and I’m not planning on going alphabetically, if I do. I might actually just skip around the sections or not.
From that B part, I picked out two books:
- Booked to Die, the first of the Cliff Janeway/Bookman series, by John Dunning, which I have started and am enjoying so far.
- Red To Black by Alex Dryden, the first of two books about a former British spy, Finn.
Will I stick with them? My gut says I’ll probably make it through the first one, but the second one, maybe not. My record this year with DNFs is at about half a dozen, which might account while I’m only at 21 books read so far this year. I had planned on trying to get to 25 by the end of May, but those plans were defenestrated as I already was planning on scrapping plans for the beginning of the month.
So what have you been reading this past week and what do you plan to read this coming week? What are your thoughts on the latest YA controversy? V.S. Naipaul? Anything remotely literary related?
Your Sunday morning moment of Zen:
And one last lighter moment from earlier in the week: Patron of the Month: Mr. I’m-Mad-As-Hell-At-Punk-Kids-And-I’m-Not-Going-To-Take-It-Anymore.