Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Sunday Salon - Lacking in Reading Mojo

Meh. The Host is not going so well. I like the story so far, but I'm finding that I don't have much desire to pick it up. I'm not sure if it's the size or the fact that I've read more fantasy lately than usual (though this title is definitely sci-fi), but I just don't have the oomphf! No reading mojo when it comes to this book. SO, as much as it pains me, I think I'm going to put it aside for now in favor of something else. I have Sharp Teeth and The Sugar Queen from the library, and of course I have a bazillion other books crammed into my TBR shelves, so we'll see which one floats to the top.

Yesterday was a bookish day in its own right. I took five boxes of books to Half-Price Books and got $72.50 for them. That's a much better showing than my usual trips to Half-Price to sell, so I was pretty happy. I turned around and bought Pete Yorn's musicforthemorningafter CD and copies of The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss and The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro off the clearance shelves. In celebration of my great haul, I took mom to The Cheesecake Factory where we had yummy appetizers for lunch (firecracker salmon rolls for me, crab rangoon for her) and we split a piece of Dulce de Leche cheesecake. Heaven! We also picked up my newly framed Master's diploma from Hobby Lobby; it looks gorgeous.

In other bookish news, I started WRITING MY BOOK this morning. I've had an idea for a non-fiction book for ages. Sort of the academic equivalent of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. Having been in education so long...from my own experiences as a student, to teaching in the public school and college/university classrooms...I have enough weird/wild/freaky stories to fill up volumes. So we'll see how it goes. I've been mulling over it for ages, and finally decided I need to JUST WRITE. Wish me luck!

I hope everyone has a wonderful reading day. I may check in later with my progress if I start a different book.


  1. Good luck with the writing - let us know how you're getting on! And sometimes it's 'never mind the reading', because the time can be used to mull over your own thoughts for what you want to write about.

  2. Good luck with the book- what a great idea. :-)Sorry The Host isn't working out, sometimes life is too short. :-) curtis sittenfeld's new one comes out in september!

  3. Some of my friends who have read The Host said that it was difficult getting into, but picked up midway through. Good Luck with it!

  4. Congratulations on starting your book! I think that's the hardest part. I can't wait to hear more about it!


  5. ohhh writing. That's exciting. Good luck.

    I can't even get turned on to the idea of The Host.

  6. Good luck with the book! Yay, that's pretty exciting! Know that the (book) blogging world is behind you, cheering you on!

    Oh and since my internet conked out on me when you posted Daisy pictures a couple of days back, let me just say now that she's simply adorable to look at and probably an angel to be around with as well :)

  7. Seachanges, thanks! I will definitely keep you all posted. I blathered out 1000 words or so this morning, and we'll see how the rest of the day goes.

    Marie, thank you! I'm going to give it a bit more time, but if it doesn't pick up I'll lay it aside for later. It's all about the reading moods with me.

    Amanda, 300 pages is the halfway mark. That FRIGHTENS ME! Me of the shortest attention span ever. hehe

    Thanks so much, Lezlie. It certainly is the hardest part for me, and I have to remember to write THROUGH THE DRIVEL. lol

    Thanks, Sassy! The premise doesn't thrill me like vamps and werewolves, but few things do.

    Thanks so much, Lightheaded! I appreciate it. As for Daisy, she is quite the cutie, although I wasn't really thinking her an angel when she dashed out the front door this morning and I had to chase her frantically through the front yard. Oh well, I caught her. That's all that matters.

  8. I really should take some books to Half Price Books, but I have such a hard time parting with my babies. I've read History of Love. I'm interested in what you think of it.

    I had the crab wontons at P.F. Changs this week and someone said the crab appetizer at The Cheesecake Factory was great too.

    I'm taking a short blogging break, so I'm not doing Sunday Salon this week.

    Good luck with your writing!

  9. Sorry you're not getting into The Host so well. Sometimes it's as much when you read a book as to which book it is. Maybe you'll feel inclined to pick it back up again one day.

    I cannot wait to read what you have to say about education. If you're lacking for tales, I've got a few you can throw in if you'd like. :)

  10. Sometimes the reading mojo doesn't happen, but at least the writing mojo is, right? I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the Meyers book.

  11. Super idea for a book - I have many retired teachers/professors in my family and the stories they tell are simply amazing.
    Good Luck with your writing!

  12. Love the book idea! You can definitely put my name on the waiting list for a first edition ;)

    We don't have Half Price books around here...too bad :)

  13. Good luck with the book!

    I really liked The Host, but I think it's partially because I haven't read and SF/Fantasy in a really long time.

    I do want to read The History of Love, I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it!

  14. Good for you finally getting started. I'm sure you'll have lots of great stories. Remember to find a way to tie them together.

  15. Wow, that's exciting! Good luck and have fun writing. And feel free to post excerpts. :-)

  16. I do love the Cheesecake Factory! I hope you end up choosing Sharp Teeth to read soon! I'm a little biased since I really liked that one.

    Good luck with your writing. Your idea sounds like a good one.

  17. I haven't read any of Stephenie Meyers' books yet, being woefully out of the circuit there. The first one is on my shelves, and as you say, "it may float to the top"~what a great expression!~one day soon. I'm excited about your writing, and especially as a teacher I'd love to read it. I'm sure you have a plethora of wonderful stories. Finally, The Remains of The Day would be a good choice for The Japanese Literature Challnege 2 should you care to join. Details on my blog. XOXO

  18. I hate to hear that about The Host, but delighted to hear you are writing again!!!

    Hmmm...I love crab rangoon!

  19. so much goodness in one post - cheesecake, new books and a book to write! Congrats on starting your book. You know we will all put it on our TBR list :)

  20. Aren't you good?! You *split* the piece of cheesecake--I would have had a piece all my own! :) And it would have been the tiramasu. So bad! I've heard HPB doesn't pay really well for books, so I'm impressed--you must have had some really good stuff. Good luck on your book! I admire writers--it's too hard for me to come up with more than a daily post! :)

  21. Good luck with the book. I'll be one of the first in line for it when you finish. :)

  22. Kristy, I usually don't get much for my books at HPB, but it's usually enough that I can turn around and buy some new babies with my new money. Wheee! It's addictive I tell you. I usually have trouble letting go of mine, but the sheer mass of review books rolling in has pushed out a number of books I might've thought to keep otherwise. I can't complain too much since there's a steady flow coming in the door. Enjoy your bloggy break!

    Tammy, I'll definitely come back to The Host...maybe even after I finish reading Sharp Teeth..the book I picked up yesterday. Sometimes my mood dictates to the point of putting down a book I'm really excited about.

    readingfool, amen to that! And yes, I'm very glad the writing mojo is back with me. It was gone for far too long.

    Thanks, Book Zombie! Every teacher has a host of great tales--some heartwarming, some terrifying, others just bizarre. I love getting together with teacher friends. We always end up telling our doozies.

    Thanks, Becca! And I know how life is on the other side--without Half-Price. We didn't have them in NC, and I missed them so!

    Krishna, I'm weird that way. Sometimes I get on a roll and gobble down a particular genre, while other times I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. Right now I'm on a huuuuge fantasy kick, but apparently sci-fi doesn't mesh well for me at the moment.

    Will do, Stu! This book has been rambling around in my head for a very long time, so I hope the actual writing part is more or less painless.

    LOL, thanks, Julie!

    Wendy, indeed I picked up Sharp Teeth yesterday, and I'm racing through it. At first I found the verse a little distracting, but now it just reads like anything else--but faster!

    Bellezza, I hope you enjoy Meyer when you get to her! I dearly love the Twilight series, and I hope I'll warm up to The Host soon. I love teacher stories! Hopefully if this book ever makes it to store shelves other teachers will spread the word. :)

    Heatheroo, you can expect I'll be sending you excerpts soon! lol

    Thank you, Iliana! It was indeed a weekend full of good stuff. I've even started working out again (in the wake of the Cheesecake Factory). lol

    Danielle, we were thinking ahead. Those pieces of cheesecake are WAY too big for one human, so we thought appetizers and cheesecake would make us *not quite miserably full*. lol Gotta have strategy at The Cheesecake Factory.

    Thank you, Lisa!

  23. Yay for you! I can't wait to read it.

    I had a great score at HPB today--I didn't make much, but I found books that I've wanted for a long time. And I had a 40% off coupon.

  24. Best of luck with the book, Andi!

  25. Wow! You did great at Half-Price Books. I took two huge bags a couple of months ago and only got $12. Of course, several were ARCs...

    I love your book idea! I know I'd enjoy reading it, as would my hubby (who needs to start putting together lesson plans for his fall clas).

    Probably a good thing that it's an hour drive to our nearest Cheesecake Factory. I love their Chicken Piccata, but that restaurant isn't cheap! Or low-cal ;) At least, not the items I like.

  26. That is so great that you took the leap and are starting to write a book! I have a non-fiction book idea playing around in the back of my head, and hope to apply for some grants in the next few years to help pay for the interviews and research that need to be done for it.

    Good luck!

  27. Yay!!! I was going to say I'd expect to see them ;) I can't wait to read it!

    I do wish you'd finish your airplane story. That was a good one! And that other one. You know which I mean. I'd like to see where you're going with that one.

    I need to start writing again.

  28. GOOD LUCK. It sounds awesome!


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