Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sunday Salon: too tired to read

This has been a pretty uneventful weekend. We've stayed home both days and it's been raining for much of the time. I think we both needed some down time though, so it's been good. And I managed to catch up a bit on some much needed sleep. Bailey still wakes me up several times during the night but it being the weekend I could slouch back to bed and didn't actually get up (to stay up) til noon-ish both yesterday and today. I'm still a bit tired but much better.

I didn't get a whole lot of reading in this past week though, what with only being able to read a few pages at night before falling asleep. One night I almost got hit on the head by the book slipping out of my hands in my drowsy state! I did finish Other Voices, Other Rooms by Capote but I can't say that I enjoyed it all that much unfortunately. I'm not sure Capote is for me. The only other book of his that I've read is In Cold Blood. I did like it better but I wasn't wowed by it either. I've got the film, Capote, here so hopefully I'll get a chance to watch it soon. Maybe that'll give me some insight into the man himself.

After finishing the Capote book, I was in the mood for some suspense so now I'm reading Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman. I'm still near the beginning and meeting the various characters but it seems promising. I first heard of this one from Nick Hornby in Housekeeping vs. The Dirt, and since it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel in 2004, I'm sneaking it in for the Book Awards challenge that I'm behind on. I had hoped to read a chunk of it today but somehow I ended up doing laundry and dishes and cooking and playing on the Internet and the day passed me by. I'm on my way to bed now though where I'll hopefully manage a few more pages.

I also had a couple of new acquisitions this week: Sakado and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr and The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Both of which I hope to read very soon, when I can stay awake long enough to do so! Have a great week!


  1. Oh, good. Everyone's always all Truman Capote this and Truman Capote that, and I've read In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's AND I've seen Capote, but I'm still not wowed. Glad to hear I'm not alone.

  2. I am glad you were able to get a little caught up one your sleep, Tanabata. My cat decided to wake me up earlier than usual this morning and when I tried to go back to sleep, he was right there to wake me up again.

    Ouch! I hope your book didn't hurt you.

    I have only read one book by Laura Lippman, but I did enjoy it. I hope to eventually get to Every Secret Thing. I am glad you are enjoying it so far.

    Have a great week, Tanabata!

  3. I haven't read Truman capote yet (Other Voices, Other Rooms), it is on my list to read for My year of reading dangerously. I believe if you watch the movie "Capote" you might have a better idea of him. For example he had this high, unique voice, and when I read him I hear that voice narrating the book, in this slow southern way ("I hear" is a fashion of speech...LOL..), I bought 2 books today through, Goodby Mrs Butterfly an the latest in a while I like to read a book that feels new.

    I still have to write up my Sunday Salon, will do it later this evening, I am going to read now.

    I wish you a very good week and nightly sleep

  4. Oh god, Sadako. You know you're going to need an entire box of tissues for that one, right? My daughter read it for school this year and we couldn't even discuss it without getting all teary.

  5. I think you'll like Sadako and The Thousand Cranes as well as Despereaux. I read them both to my class and they are beautiful pieces of literature. As you probably know. :) Be careful reading in bed!

  6. Congrats on the new book acquisitions. I must brag and say that I own both of them already. But I have not read either.

    It is interesting how tastes differ from person to person. I personally considered In Cold Blood a masterpiece. It seems odd to me that every single person on the earth wouldn't agree. But I am sort of self-centered that way. How dare other people think for themselves? I am still dealing with the fact that everyone does not worship the ground I walk on.

  7. Ooh, you've reminded me that I want to read Every Secret Thing, AND Housekeeping Vs. The Dirt. That TBR pile is growing bigger every day...

  8. raych- Likewise. :)

    Literary Feline- What I don't understand is why Bailey will do his best to get me up, then once I'm up he'll feel it's time for a nap!!

    Madeleine- Thanks. I saw the trailer when the movie was first out so I know what you mean about the high voice. I'm worried that may annoy me a bit as I generally don't like high voices, but I'm curious to see the film.

    Julie- I do know the story already and how it ends, I've just never read it. Will keep some tissues on hand just in case.

    Bellezza- I thought it would be good to read the story of Sadako, even though I already know what happens. A tie-in to our visit to Hiroshima.

    Megan- LOL. Sorry to disagree! :)
    Both the new books are pretty short so I do hope to get to them soon.

    Gentle Reader- I know the feeling, about the expanding TBR pile that is! :)

  9. I've been meaning to read one of Laura Lippman's books ever since we moved to Baltimore, since she's a local. Now we're moving to NJ, and I still haven't picked one up.

  10. Nyssaneala- I've never been to Baltimore so the places she mentions mean nothing to me. You'll have to read one of her books someday. You might even enjoy the setting more once you've moved away. :)


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