Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Salon: lazy day

My what a lazy day this has been! I slept sort of late, then later in the afternoon I was reading but I got sleepy so I had a nap! We had thought we might go out today but it's been hot and humid this weekend so we ended up just staying home with the air-conditioner on, and drinking lots of cold drinks.

As for what I'm reading, it's a non-fiction book, Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation by Michael Zielenziger. It's an interesting read and a lot of what he says makes sense but I have to admit it's making me feel rather blue about the state of modern Japanese society. Neither my husband nor I want to settle permanently in Japan and I suppose this just reinforces that. Since it's going a little slowly, I think I may pick up some fiction to read alongside it.

Otherwise this week, I just posted my review of Matrimony by Joshua Henkin and two books arrived in the post, Clouds Over Mountains by Matt Joseph and The i Tetralogy by Mathias B. Freese, author of Down to a Sunless Sea that I read and reviewed last month. They're both review copies and I'm enjoying the fact that I've started to get the odd copy sent to me for review, but I'm beginning to understand those of you with a stack of them that complain about how they mess up your reading plans, especially in regards to the reading challenges. Ah well, it's fun so I won't complain.

For the winners of my BAFAB Giveaway, I didn't have a chance to get to the post office this past week, but I hope to get your books sent out to you this week. Sorry for the delay!
Have a great week, everyone!


  1. I've been wanting to read Matrimony!

  2. staying home with AC sounds perfect for today :-)

  3. I find that when I'm reading non-fiction, unless it's something really light-hearted then I need to have some fiction going at the same time just to balance out the energy.

    Right now I'm doing Bill Seaton's memoir, My Seven Years in Captivity about his years as PR Director at the San Diego Zoo. It's pretty light reading, but I've got a good thriller, Death in Small Doses going at the same time just to break things up a bit.

  4. Lazy days are good to have once in awhile, aren't they?

    I am reading a nonfiction book right now too that is on the depressing side. Like you, I think I need to pick up something lighter to read along side it.

    I hope you have a great week, Nat!

  5. I was just journaling last night about how I seem to have lost the ability to enjoy freedom in the summer. In my mind, I want to feel like the boy in Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine"; in reality, I feel consumed with obligations to read (advanced copies are interferring with my reading schedule which is already "interrupted" with Challenges); obligations to see people I normally can't lunch with when I teach; obligations to get healthy again while it's summer.

    I'm glad you had a nap on the couch...that's what Sundays and Summers are for. Take one for me. ;)

  6. S. Krishna- I hope you get a chance to read it.

    Marie- I get very hermit-like in the summer, it's just too darn hot to go out!

    Ruth- I'm actually in the mood for a mystery or a thriller right now too so I think I will go ahead and pick one up. :)

    Wendy- Yes they are! I predict a few more of them in the next couple of months. :P
    I read more of the NF book last night but I do think I'll pick up something else to balance it out a bit.

    Bellezza- I haven't read 'Dandelion Wine' but I can imagine that sense of childhood freedom! I think we both need to take a breath and not worry about our reading obligations so much. It's no fun if it feels like work!
    And I'll see what I can do... I think another nap, next weekend, may be in order! :P

  7. It's nice that you're getting some review copies, but I can also imagine how too many of them would feel like a burden.

    Nothing like a lazy day every once in a day. I hope you have a great week :)

  8. I understand what you mean about review books. It's great fun getting them, but I've realized I have a closet top FULL of them, and it's a bit overwhelming. But it's fun to try to get them all done! hehe

  9. Nymeth- I only have a few so it's still manageable. :)
    Hope you're having a fabulous time!

    Andi- It is very fun when they show up in the mail. :)

  10. I'm looking forward to reading your review of Shutting out the Sun. I really know very little of modern Japanese society (despite visiting the country!), it sounds like a book I might like to read.

  11. Nyssaneala- It's an interesting read so far. I took a break from it for a couple of days but must get back to it.


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