Sunday Salon: Thankfully Reading

I wasn’t able to go home for Thanksgiving break, but I did go to friend’s house to eat turkey and I finished all of the essays and research papers I have to write for the end of the semester. In fact, I finished them with enough time left over to devote to pleasure reading! Not at all something I anticipated being able to do, which is why I did not sign up for this year’s Thankfully Reading Weekend, but I am definitely thankful I’m reading this weekend.

My iPod is propped up against my bookstack because I’ve been listening to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, a book that has been on my TBR list for quite some time. It’s the only audiobook I have on my iPod that I haven’t already listened to, and I needed something to listen to on the two hours it takes to drive to and from my friend’s house. I listened to a large chunk of it yesterday to the point where I’m about 90 percent of the way through, but I’m just not getting it. I’ve decided to shelve listening to/reading the book until I have ability to focus on it.

The first book in the stack, Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon, was sent to me by my mom to help get me through the long weekend. She picked it up because it sounded very Jodi Picoult-esque to her, but I yet to start it because I wanted to finish Larsson’s final book, which I finished and reviewed yesterday. I also restarted Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky as it has been in my possession for a couple of years now.  I have a hard time picking it back up; it’s like I’ve never even read the previous chapters. I selected Saved By Her Enemy: A Iraqi Woman’s Journey from the Heart of War to the Heartland of America by Don Teague and Rafraf Barrak from the library shelves because the title is just so provocative. How could I resist?

I’m not quite sure how much more reading I will get done today as my friends will be returning throughout the day and they’re always quite the distraction. But it did feel wonderful to get back into reading for myself, and I cannot wait for the next two and half weeks to go by so I can be home spending my morning skiing, my afternoons reading, and my evenings with my family.

The Sunday Salon:

The Sunday Salon.com 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 one another’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.

Photo © Me. “A weekend of reading”. Taken: November 26, 2010.

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