Sunday Salon: Current Reads

So, I’m twittering. Actually, I’ve been twittering for a while, but I wanted a way to say what I’m currently reading, what book I’ve just bought/received/checked-out, and other bookish things without always having to upload a photograph to Photobucket before I can place it in my sidebar. So, I started twittering just for this book, and so far I’m pretty happy with it. My tweets are pulled into the sidebar, right under the calender.

Right now, I have four books on my nightstand: Obasan by Joy Kogawa, Madame Bovery by Gustave Flaubert, The Birth House by Ami McKay, and The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan} Reading Obasan, for me, is a lot like riding a roller coaster. It has its highs and lows, and my eyes are shut so tight that I can’t see the end. It’s collective score on Goodreads is a 3.54, but I just cannot get into the book. Some of my classmates who’ve read it loved it, and I haven’t yet found one person who says a negative word against it in any of my classes, so I’m afraid I might be the first.  I’ve already told my English teacher I’m reading it, so it’s too late to change books, but I’m more than halfway to the end, so, hopefully, I’ll finish it by Friday and I can start on Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan over the winter holiday.

I started The Birth House last night when I couldn’t sleep, and, at only 26 pages in, I’m hesitant to say how much I like this book already, but I do. I saw The Birth House on the bookshelf at the library when I was looking for another novel, but the summary peaked my interest and I wound up checking it out. {And I forgot about the book I was looking for in the first place.}

“The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing and a kitchen filled with herbs and folk remedies. During the turbulent first years of World War I, Dora Dora becomes the midwife’s apprentice. Together, they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives.

But when Gilbert Thomas, a brash medical doctor, come to Scots Bay with promises of fast, painless childbirth, some of the women begin to question Miss Babineau’s methods- and after Miss Babineau’s death, Dora is left to carry on alone. In the face of fierce opposition, she must summon all of her strength to protect the birthing  traditions and wisdom that have been passed down to her.”

I haven’t started Madame Bovery or The Unknown Terrorist, but both I’ve previously tried to check-out and had to return because I never got around to reading them. I’m hoping for better luck this time.

The Sunday Salon:

The Sunday The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on each other’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.



  1. Hm, Madame Bovary – that’s somewhere near the bottom of my (literal) to-read pile. Hahah, I’ll probably get around to reading it sometime next year – also looking forward to your thoughts =]

    As for Shakespeare, I do love his plays but I’ve always found reading them a little tedious. They’re so much better performed or listened to, IMO. That, and the English department always made us study the most anal of texts, like The Tempest.

    I’ve always felt guilty about not reading Much Ado About Nothing, though, b/c my copy was a parting gift from a close friend of mine!


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