Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Sunday Salon...at 4am.

Sigh. I slept peacefully from 10:00pm to 2:00am. And then I woke up. And I have a sore throat. And I got up to take meds and now I'm awake awake. Hopefully I'll fall back to sleep after I write this and sleep until some scandalous hour...like 9:00!

It's been a really good reading week 'round these parts.


I finished up A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan. I already have the review for that one written and scheduled. 

And I picked up Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill. Shannon at River City Reading loved this one, and I was jonesing for a short book, so I busted through this one right quick. It's something special and an incredibly quick read at only about 100 pages. Can't wait to review it!


Now I'm on to Oracle Night, by Paul Auster. It's one of the books I put on my Winter TBR, and it's one of the books that's lived on my stacks the longest (10+ years?). So far, so good. In fact, since it's still the middle of the night, I think I'll pick it back up and see if Auster can make me sleepy. 

And since we have a long weekend in the US for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, I hope to get a lot more reading done! I'm also still creeping through The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. I'm enjoying it, but I'm also savoring it....not bothering to get in too big a rush. 

What are your plans this lovely Sunday? Reading anything I should know about? 

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24 comments:

  1. I'm also up very early, three a.m., and have posted my Sunday Salon. We're off to visit the Gold Rush town of Jackson later today for an overnight get-a-way. There's supposed to be a very good little bookstore up there....

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  2. I stayed up late (2 am?) and woke up early...ah, such is the life of someone who feels like sleep isn't necessary. I've always wanted to read Auster but never got around to picking up one of his books, so I'm curious what you'll think. Hope you're feeling better after some sleep!

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  3. You are much too young to be waking up in the middle of the night; that's the forte of those of us over fifty. Lovely post and impressive to have written it in the middle of the night. Not sure what might come out of my brain at that hour.

    I'm thinking about Guilty Pleasures in Reading in my Sunday Salon.

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  4. I slept and slept hard. Haha. You are just flying through all of the books, Andi!! I get Monday off as well for the first time in my adult working life. I'm super duper excited.

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  5. Hope you managed to get back to sleep after writing this!
    Enjoy your Monday off :)

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  6. I hope you are able to get some more sleep! I was woken up by the cat, but at least not at some ungodly hour. I did go to sleep at some ungodly hour though so it still was a rude awakening. I will probably nap soon! lol

    I am reading Poison by Bridget Zinn and Away from You by Melanie Finn, about a woman who grew up in Kenya and goes back when her abusive father dies, both good reads.

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  7. I'm fairly certain I have an unread Jenny Offill sitting around here somewhere. Don't think it's this one though. May have to check this one out--then again I need another unread book in my piles like I need a hole in my head. ;-)

    Hope you got back to sleep and got to stay asleep a while.

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  8. I hope you got some sleep and are feeling better! Looking forward to your review of Natural History of Dragons. I finished Snow Country last night and if I can pull my confused thoughts together on it I'll post my review later today.

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  9. Dept. of Speculation sounds fun. I can't wait to read that one!

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  10. Sorry you had a rough night, hope you feel better soon!

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  11. Nyah. I'm not reading anything you should know about. For the most part, they're too short for your tastes. ;) Plus I read mostly crime fiction and men...and you read...well...whatever isn't crime fiction and women. BUT I did read a woman author this past week in Rachel Joyce, whose work of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I did enjoy very much. It was a nice break from all the murder, I guess, but now back to the killing spree. ;)

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  12. I hope you feel better soon! I've loved every Paul Auster I've read, so I hope you like this one!

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  13. The worst!! I hope it doesn't turn into anything more serious. We've all had the sniffles here and I'm so ready for everyone to be breathing normally again.

    Woman in White is best savored, I think! Nothing of note for me. I finished Possession (I want a medal!) and started Girl With Pearl Earring since it's short.

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  14. Wow! I really hope that you have gotten more sleep since you wrote this!!

    I had a pretty horrible reading week, so I'm hoping to make up for some of that today. I'm supposed to take my daughter to a birthday party, so maybe I will get some reading done there ... or I can drop her off and hide at a coffee shop until I have to pick her up!!

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  15. Hope your meds work for you and you feel better! I had pretty bad allergies on Friday and was a zombie as soon as I took my allergy meds. Ugh. Looking forward to your review of the Offill book. Enjoy your day off tomorrow!

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  16. I hate when that happens! I usually just flip open my iPad and read until my eyes get heavy again. I hope you were able to get a lot more sleep and fend off whatever was causing your sore throat!

    Enjoy your long weekend. Alas, I have to go back to work tomorrow. Which means, I better take advantage of this quiet wintry day.

    Have a great week, Andi!

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  17. Glad you liked Dept. of Speculation! i just read it too, spurred on by Shannon! I didn't love it - had some difficulty wrapping my head around some of her paragraphs - I think I struggle with non-traditional narratives - but I appreciated what it aimed to do. I have a review scheduled for the 28th.
    And off-subject, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! So exciting!!

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  18. I'm so excited to see the discussion questions for Woman in White. I'm enjoying the leisurely pace of it all.

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  19. I hope you feel better soon!

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  20. I'm (still!) reading 11/22/63. It's very good, but I'm only just barely halfway after a few weeks!

    We had a lovely Sunday, thanks to our unseasonably warm weather. Went for a long walk, followed by some porch sitting with beer and pistachios. Of course, now we're back to winter temps (teens, I believe), but it is still January so I won't complain too much.

    Hope that sore throat disappears quickly! I've been using Airborne on a regular basis since so many coworkers have been sick.

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  21. Hope you feel better soon and your good reading continues. :)

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  22. Heyyyy! I am reading something by Jenny Offill RIGHT NOW, and I didn't even know she wrote fiction. I only knew she edited -- I have this collection she edited of people writing about friend break-ups (or loss of friends, that brand of thing).

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  23. I hope the Auster helped you get back to sleep...although it might not bode well for the book!

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