Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Sunday Salon - Gleefully DNFing

Happy Sunday, my bloggy lovelies. It's mid-day on Sunday, and I'm parked at Barnes & Noble for my weekly mama time. I actually spent the majority of the morning grading essays, and now that that's done, I have a few minutes left to blog and read a few pages.

It's been quite the eventful week in my reading life. I finished The Summer Without Men and dove into Jonathan Franzen's Freedom for my personal Tournament of Books reading challenge. Shortly after, roundabout page 55, I turned tail and ran. OH. MY. GOD.  I have a whole post coming up on DNFs, but I just have to say, SO not my cup of tea. More like a cup of vile, slimy refuse. Franzen and I are not friends. Not at all. I realize this has been an "IT" book of gargantuan proportions, but much like the last "it" book that made me want to projective vomit (The Lovely Bones), I don't feel even the slightest twinge of guilt for gleefully DNFing on this occasion.

Couldn't resist. It's just too adorably tongue-in-cheek.

On a happier note, after I finished cleansing and resurfacing my eyeballs to get over Freedom, I downloaded Sarah Addison Allen's The Peach Keeper. I'm on page 73 and it's a short book, so if I don't finish it today, it'll probably be tomorrow. Smooth sailing as always with Allen. I'm already eyeing my shelves to see what I'd like to try next. It's a toss-up between my remaining library checkouts (By Nightfall, C) and some of the goodies languishing on my shelves and my Nook.

The town where I live is reading Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet for it's OneCommunity project this year. I just happen to have downloaded it from Kobo a while back, so it's waiting patiently for me. I would also like to finish Affinity, by Sarah Waters. I was loving it before life interrupted a couple months ago.

Annnd that's about it. A lazy Sunday is the way I like it. After I snag a bit o'reading time, I'm headed home to hang out with Chuck and the Rockets. We're planning a trip to the park later this afternoon complete with grilling.

I hope everyone is relaxed with a book today!


  1. I've yet to read Freedom but it doesn't sound like I should rush out and pick it up anytime soon. I do hope that you get the chance to read Affinity soon because I just loved it. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. I think I've been putting Franzen off for so long because I know it will be a fail for me. I've had The Corrections on my shelf for quite a while now. Or is it just Corrections? Eh, whatever.

  3. Samantha, I really do. I feel so guilty -- it was MY READALONG. Oh well. lol A wonderful week to you, too, deary!

    Trisha, #epicfail for me. Seriously, grossly epic fail. I'm not even gonna try The Corrections or just Corrections. I might commit bookish homicide and feed the darned tome to my dog.

  4. I've a small stack of papers that I am probably not going to read today. The notion of a lazy Sunday on the sofa reading and blogging is just too attractive.

    I'm posting your little picture to my Facebook page. I love it.

  5. i just finished freedom this morning and loved it. it completely spoke to my midwestern soul, tho' i will say that i wasn't really that fond of most of the characters. but it just so brilliantly captures something so american and heartland. it makes me want to reread the corrections.

    but i really admire your ability to DNF - i am compelled to plow on once i've started. and life really is too short.

  6. Hope you are enjoying your Sunday in the park. Sounds wonderful. I can't wait to read your DNF post - I seem to have had tons this year and last year too actually.

  7. Best Decision Ever. And I wasn't even tempted to read the last few pages to see what we missed.

  8. Freedom is on my shelf and has been for a while but geez, now I'm not so sure... I did finish Affinity and I have to say I didn't love it...I haven't posted a review yet though bc like you, life happened right there at the end of the ReadAlong. I'll be curious to see your final thoughts as well :)

  9. Good for you for claiming that mama time. It can mean that difference between being just annoyed when you set the Franzen aside or actually taking a match to it. I tried with Freedom. I will try one more time. But...

  10. So, I'm guessing you didn't like Freedom? LOL I have it on audio and can't decide if I want to give it a go.

  11. I've read The Corrections and some of his essays. NOT a fan. Pretentious and overblown.

    I may try Freedom at some point, but I'm not in a rush. It will likely be a library rental so I don't lose any money on it...

  12. I refuse to read Franzen. For some reason his books just don't appeal to me. I love your weekly mama time. It sounds amazing. Have a great week.

  13. I have no interest in Freedom at all, not even when it came out and everyone acted like he was Jesus. That's a lot of hype.

    I love that graphic!

  14. Thanks, C.B.! Cute graphic, eh? I loved it, too. I hope you had a nice lazy Sunday!!

    Jules, I'm envious of your endurance. I do believe the book had something very important to say about Americanness, but how Franzen moves from Point A to Point B just KILLS me.

    Iliana, it was a beautiful day! Not too many DNFs for me this year, but not too many books read either! I think I might've finally hit my stride though. We'll see!

    Jill, no kidding! Oh, and guess what came in for me via library e-book....THE WEIRD SISTERS! Woohoo!

    Patti, good luck with it when you tackle Freedom. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it and whether or not you wanna torch it like I did! Looking forward to finishing Affinity, too...

    Amen, Frances!!! And ya know what??? I'm SO glad you couldn't finish Freedom the first time 'round. That's endlessly comforting for some reason. lol

    Kathy, may the force be with you!

    Picky, he's going into my pretentious nemesis file right alongside John Updike and Jonathan Safran Foer.

    Vasilly, he doesn't really appeal to me either, but thanks to the TOB Challenge, I figured I'd at least try. Oh well!

    LMAO, Chris! That's the perfect way to put it! No Franzen-Jesus for me.

  15. LOVE that cartoon. BWAHAHA!! I think I'll steal it for my Facebook, too.

  16. I shrieked when I saw that picture of Gaston -- he is very nearly my favorite Disney villain, if not my very most favorite. More pictures of Gaston should occur on book blogs.

  17. Freedom has been languishing on my shelves for awhile now. I've told myself that I need to read The Corrections first. I'm feeling like I've made a good decision by not rushing to read it. It is a book that seems to divide people that is for sure.


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