Sunday, December 08, 2013

The Sunday Salon - A Very Bookish Weekend

Hey kids! So Texas has been blanketed by ice since Thursday night, and I haven't been out of the house since then! To some this might equal a wicked case of cabin fever, but I've been happy as a clam to stay in grading papers, cooking good food, wrapping gifts, and reading, of course.


While I considered abandoning it, I'm actually still trucking through Little Women. I was originally trying to finish this by December 20 since it's part of my fall TBR, but realistically, this is one of those books I'll read in smaller chunks for a longer time period. I expect I might finish it by the end of the month. We'll see.

I also read Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata this weekend. It was ok. I'll tell you more about it in an upcoming review.

And finally, I decided to pick up a slim book since I feel a bit like I'm drowning in chunksters for December. I am really enjoying The Wife by Meg Wolitzer and I'll betcha I finish it by this evening. This is my first Wolitzer book, though I own several others, and I'm really digging her sharp, witty writing.

What have you been reading this weekend? 









29 comments:

  1. Oooh I love your cover of Little Women! One of my favourite books ever :-) I really liked The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer but haven't read anything else by her since...Might have to rectify that!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked The Uncoupling. I think I'm really going to like the wit and snark in her writing overall. The Wife is certainly great so far.

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  2. I had cabin fever earlier this week which is crazy since I'm a homebody. When will Christmas break start for you? Will you have one this year? Today I'm trying to finish up at least one book I've already started.

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    1. Christmas break starts for me on Dec. 20. All of the students and faculty will be out of here on the 13th, which always sort of makes it feel like a vacation. lol

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  3. Glad you are enjoying your time at home, I wouldn't mind some of that myself! Enjoy next week :)

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    1. Thanks! It was a nice break. Back to the grind this week. Urrgh. Lots of holiday parties coming up at school, white elephant exchanges, and all that good stuff. It's going to take some planning on my part!

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  4. The cold is all across the country this week as I've been reading posts from California and Texas about it. Here, we're getting snow and ice tonight. As for reading, I read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green yesterday morning in one sitting and it was great. I don't know what took me so long to read it. Sad, naturally, but also very, very good.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked The Fault in Our Stars! I've never read John Green, but I want to buy TFiOS for my stepdaughter for Christmas (hope she's not looking).

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  5. The ice doesn't sound good but staying home for a few days sounds divine! I'm glad you're making the best of it!

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  6. Yes, who wants to get out in this weather? Glad you've got some good reads.

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    1. Right? Definitely plenty of good reading to keep me going. Now if I could only read for all the holiday STUFF popping up!

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  7. I remember those ice days in Dallas! Ugh. Here in Austin just very cold but good enough reason for me to stay in and catch up on stuff. Reading? Still trying to finish up books from last month! Yikes.

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    1. That sounds like a perfectly good reason to me!

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  8. I admire your discipline! I always say I'm going to grade papers over the weekend, but I always end up watching TCM without the sound and reading. Or going for coffee and reading. This weekend I finished Looking for Alaska (my first John Greene), which didn't disappoint. Hope your weather changes soon!

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    1. Thanks! I was getting to a point that I absolutely HAD to catch up. lol I'm so glad you liked Looking for Alaska. I really want to start with it because several blogging friends have said its their fave John Greene novel.

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  9. I am a very much a cabin fever person... I think it is because we get storms so often and we can't really go anywhere because sometimes the roads are not even plowed. Glad you enjoyed your weekend!

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    1. I think that would probably make a lot of difference, Kelly. If we had storms like that more often I'd be climbing the walls. Once in a while is ok.

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  10. Oh, one more thing re: Little Women, which you have probably already noticed but I wanted to reaffirm it in case you need the affirmation from somebody who loves that book like crazy. The first half (the part actually published as "Little Women") is ten hundred miles better than the second half (the part that was published as "Good Wives"). So I feel that if you finish the first half, you are all set. It is fair to stop after that if you wish.

    (I don't get cabin fever either, at least not for quite some time. I am very content to stay in and be cozy.)

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    1. You know, I had NO IDEA the second half was "Good Wives." From what I gathered on Twitter last night, more of it was cut out of the movie. Which means there's probably more of that section I'm unfamiliar with. Which actually gives me a good deal of hope!

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  11. Where did you find that Little Women cover?! Is that a Penguin one?!?! #coverho !!!!

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    1. Dudette, that's a Penguin Threads edition, and I LOVE IT. That's why I HAVE to read this book. I've vowed to read my TBR or get rid of the ones I DNF. So this one cannot be a DNF. lol

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  12. Just OK for Snow Country, huh? Will look forward to your review.

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    1. Meh. I wish I'd loved it. But I'll tell you more about that later. lol

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  13. I'm reading Little Women at the moment as well! One of my favourite books, not one to be rushed through :)

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    1. Lots of people seem to pick it up this time of year! I'm enjoying a couple of chapters a day. No rush. :)

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  14. Team Wolitzer!! I have a copy of The Wife I've been meaning to get to, too...but I hope if you love it you mosy on over to The Interestings :)

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  15. I didn't know you get snow in Texas :-P I love your copy of Little Women! So beautiful.

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