Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Sunday Salon: a day without reading

It's just past midnight on Sunday here and I haven't read a single page all day! Tomorrow is a holiday here though so it kind of feels like it's still Saturday.
Why wasn't I reading today? Well, we got up late and met up with a friend we hadn't seen in quite a while for lunch and coffee and chatting. Then we did a bit of shopping, came home and had dinner, watched a movie and here I am at midnight on the computer. I really am convinced that time has speeded up lately!

This past week was also quite busy so I didn't get a lot of reading done but I did make some definite progress in A Tale of Two Cities. Except for a couple of chapters in the middle that dragged a bit for me, I'm quite caught up in the tale and want to see how it plays out, although I do have my suspicions.

In other bookish news, The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason finally arrived today from Amazon so I'll be heading off to read in bed soon for a little while. Dickens will just have to wait a bit I'm afraid. Plus in order to get the free shipping I simply had to add another book to my order, as you do. I enjoyed Kuhaku & Other Accounts of Japan when I read it in 2006 and Teresa recently let me know that Chin Music Press had another book out so Goodbye Madame Butterfly by Sumie Kawakami is this week's other new acquisition.
Sumie Kawakami’s Goodbye Madame Butterfly is an intimate look at the sex lives of Japanese people from a female perspective. This groundbreaking work of nonfiction will shatter the myth of the pliant, coy Japanese woman and replace her with a complex, erotic, sexually charged and fiercely independent woman who struggles to find her place in a male-dominated society.
Sounds quite intriguing to me so yet another book vying for my attention! I still haven't put away the stack of books acquired in January, but what's a couple more at this point. I think a magic bookshelf along the lines of Hermione's bag that holds just about anything you could ever want would be absolutely brilliant. I can at least dream.

On that note, I'm off to see what adventures Victoria and Max and Sebastian get themselves caught up in this time. Perhaps an update tomorrow.

UPDATE (Monday evening):
It was nice having today off and since we didn't stray too far from home I got some of the reading time in that I didn't yesterday. I've read just over half of The Bleeding Dusk already. It's another fun, quick read like the previous 2 in the series and I'm sure I'll knock off several more chapters in bed in a little while. Hope everyone has a good week!


  1. Have fun with The Bleeding Dusk - I haven't gotten around to it yet but keep hearing such great reviews about it. I like how you added more books to the shopping cart to get that free shipping - I mean what else could you do right :)

  2. Oh that catch of the free shipping, it gets you every time doesn't it? Just add another one so that you don't pay for the postage. I think half my TBR pile came into the house that way. I'm so glad I'm not alone. Have a good holiday.

  3. Well, you may not have got any reading done, but at least you had a lovely time with your friend and that is almost as good. :D

  4. I hear ya. It's been a readless Sunday for me too. I've been playing with the dog, ate lunch with B.'s parents, went shopping for dog toys, came home, played with the dog some more. You see the pattern her. Maybe I'll crack into The Namesake here in a bit. I can easily be distracted from it and then go back to it. Here's to better reading habits next Sunday!

  5. How are you enjoying The Bleeding Dusk, Tanabata? I will probably be picking up a copy of that one sometime soon, maybe on my next bookstore run.

    I hope you have a great week!

  6. Iliana- I've been picking it up on and off all day today. It continues on much like the previous 2. Looking forward to getting back to it.
    As for adding another book, but of course. It'd be silly to pay for postage! :P

    Table Talk- Thanks. It was a quiet day which was nice. And I can always justify adding that extra book for free postage! The Amazon Japan free shipping rate is actually really low compared to their other sites, only 1500 yen, about 7 pounds!

    Kookie- Very true. And especially since she'll be going off to England soon to study.

    Andi- Yes, here's to better reading next Sunday. But Daisy is so adorable that it's a pretty good distraction! :)

    Literary Feline- It's going well. I'm enjoying it much like the previous 2 books. I've heard that the ending is quite something so I'm looking forward to it.
    I hope you have a great week too.

  7. if you're halfway thru you must know Sebastian's secret! Or ... the first one, at least! What did you think?

  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful Monday! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on A Tale of two cities. :D

  9. I didn't read a single page yesterday either! We had friends over for dinner, so I was busy cleaning and cooking. I don't mind either, but I really don't like being too tired to read before bed. However, I've just cut back my hours at the bookstore (7-11) so now I have a few more hours to my day! Hopefully, I'll be able to stay on top of my blogging (and blog-reading) and get more books read! My stacks have gotten way out of control since Christmas. Lots of gifts and ARCs. Such a terrible problem to have, right? ;)

  10. A magic reading shelf sounds BRILLIANT! So many things from Harry Potter's world would be so useful. :-)

  11. Janet- I just finished a little while ago. Wow! And so many questions. I can't wait for the next one.

    Cass- Now that my little guilty diversion is finished I'll be back to Dickens tonight. I do hope to finish it soon.

    Les- I hate being too tired to read before bed too especially since that's often my main reading time. It'll be nice for you to have a bit more time to yourself. My stacks have been out of control ever since we lived in London. I got a bit crazy with all those books around everywhere. As you say though, not such a terrible problem to have. :)

    Renee- Very true. Lots of handy things in Harry's world. I do love my books but they sure do take up a lot of space.

  12. The whole Sunday Salon thing is so appealing to me, but totally impossible. Sunday, if I'm not driving the kiddo back and forth to church activities, I'm cramming for my Bible study because I always, always save it till the last possible moment. I like having the whole thing fresh in my mind for discussion. You had a good excuse not to read, probably much better than my cramming excuse. :)

    I'll bet you'll be done with The Bleeding Dusk, by the time you approve this message. Isn't it fun? I love Colleen's books!!!

  13. Nancy- Just like this past Sunday I don't always read much on the weekends either. It totally depends on our plans or whether we're out taking pictures somewhere (once the weather improves).
    I finished The Bleeding Dusk on Tues. night. Very fun! Now I can't wait for the next installment. I'm glad it'll be out in the summer.


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