I've noticed a few people joining lately and it seemed like too much fun to resist. I don't always get much reading in on Sundays, it often depends on the weather, the season, and therefore whether or not we're pursuing our other hobby, out taking pictures, but I'll join in when I can. The weather today is pretty cold and wet, and even a bit snowy, so here is my first post for the Sunday Salon.
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I thought I might as well start off with a confession. I didn't set myself any New Year's Resolutions regarding book buying because (a) I'm not good at resolutions and (b) not buy books? That's just crazy! But I did have a little book binge in January (I hadn't bought anything since my trip to Canada in late October/early November so I do think that's showing some restraint) that I'm feeling mildly guilty about. That's because frankly I have more than enough unread books here to keep me busy for a few years I imagine. Oh well. They are a comfort, albeit guilt-inducing.
So here's the stack of books that have yet to find a place on my already stuffed to the max book shelves.
The Dogs of Riga - Henning Mankell
Still Life - Louise Penny
Tooth & Nail - Ian Rankin
The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie
Birds of a Feather - Jacqueline Winspear
Murder in the Marais - Cara Black
The Space Between Us - Thrity Umrigar
Words Without Borders - various
The Human Stain - Philip Roth
Moloka'i - Alan Brennert
The Secret Lives of People in Love - Simon Van Booy
I was in a bit of a mystery mood so I just had to order the next books in a few series I started last year (Rankin, Winspear, Mankell), plus a couple others I'd heard of. Yes, I'm a bit late getting into the mystery genre. I also finally ordered Hugh Laurie's book. He's so great as House and I've heard so many good things about the book that it was time.
I usually choose my challenge reads from books I already own but I made a couple of exceptions for My Year of Reading Dangerously so two of the books are for that. But they were books I already had on my wishlist so it's not that bad, right? Moloka'i had also been on my wishlist for a while and appeared on several best of lists for 2007 so it finally made it's way to the basket as well.
I have a feeling I'll pick up one of the mysteries soon. I'm craving something to balance out the Dickens I'm reading but when I'll get around to all the rest of them is anyone's guess. The shopping really is half the fun!
As for what I'm currently reading, well, today I did spend some time with Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities which is my January choice (late again!) for the Year of Reading Dangerously. I am enjoying it, and it's got several chuckles out of me already but it's going rather slowly. I need to concentrate a bit more than usual to get his turns of phrase and it's unfortunately putting me to sleep some nights when reading in bed. Hence my desire for something light and easy. On that note, I'm quite looking forward to reading the third book in Colleen Gleason's series, The Bleeding Dusk, out this week, once I get my hands on a copy. Dickens will not defeat me though. I will persevere. In fact, I think I hear him calling now. Have a good week!