Well, it's already well into Monday here but I think it's still the tail end of Sunday somewhere! Yesterday we went out to the same rose garden we went to in the spring, for their fall rose festival. The roses weren't quite as lush but the ones that were blooming were pretty all the same. Of course we had fun taking pictures and just generally enjoying the fact that the weather has finally cooled off and has begun to feel more like autumn. We both seem to have caught a bit of a cold though so last night after we got home we didn't feel like doing much more than having a bit of dinner and getting to bed. Hence the late Sunday Salon post.
I've had a bit more reading time the last couple of days, mostly because I can actually read a couple of chapters before zonking out at night. But since I barely got any reading in during the week, I'm still not quite half way into Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. It's a bit of a chunkster at 460 odd pages but I've made a little progress. I have to say that I'm not enjoying it quite as much as Out by the same author. This one is primarily the main character reminiscing about her life growing up with occasional allusions to her sister being murdered. It's a much slower-paced book than Out so I guess that's why it's not grabbing me quite as I expected. I do want to know how it all unravels though so I will definitely keep reading.
As I mentioned last week, I've decided to join the 24 Hour Read-a-thon. It's coming up next weekend and I've decided to join some of the others in reading for a cause. Since we can choose our own charities, I've decided to read for Breast Cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month after all, and it's something that I think will affect all of us at some point, whether directly or indirectly. My mother had breast cancer many years ago and a book blogger many of us know was recently diagnosed. Even the writer Carol Shields was taken away from us by breast cancer.
So I've decided to personally donate 10 cents a page read during the read-a-thon.
As you know this'll be my first time to join the read-a-thon so I'm not entirely sure what my numbers will be. Pages read, total time spent reading, and all that, but if you'd like to sponsor me in any way that would be wonderful. Even a flat rate donation of a few dollars would be appreciated. But if this isn't something you're interested in supporting please don't feel any obligation either. I'm just as happy if you simply cheer me on!
I'll personally be donating to Breast Cancer research in Canada. But there are many organizations worldwide, and if you'd like to donate, please feel free to choose one in your area.
Here are some links:
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Breast Cancer Society of Canada
in the US:
The Breast Cancer Site
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Army of Women
in the UK:
Breast Cancer Research UK
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
If you do decide to donate something, please let me know in the comments. You don't have to say how much if you don't want to, but this way I can know who is sponsoring me regardless of amount. Thanks.
Wish me luck for next weekend! :)