Sunday Salon: Currently in September

The Sparrow + Trish's Bookmark

Recuperating | I was hit by a car door while riding my bike a little over two weeks ago and was pinballed into another car before coming to a stop. I was very fortunate in that I did not break a bone nor did I hit my head, but I spent all night in the ER waiting to be seen and received several lacerations and two very large contusions that made it difficult to walk, sit, or stand. I also managed to catch a cold less than a week later so I haven’t been doing anything after work other than reading and sleeping for ten plus hours the past two weeks. I was able to get back on my bike this past Wednesday and go for a short ride, although it was nerve-wracking to ride right past the spot where I was hit, and I’m enjoying my walks to work again now that they’re pain free.

Reading | I reached the halfway point in The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell last night and will be posting thoughts on the first part tomorrow for the readalong hosted by Trish of Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity. Trish was also kind enough to send me the beautiful bookmark photographed above, which I used to mark my place on the few occasions where I actually put the book down. I’m also listening to Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffennegger on audiobook and am about sixty-five percent of the way through. I had no idea the book was actually a ghost story, but it’s been a good selection as the days turn colder and October comes closer and closer.

Discovering | Speaking of audiobooks, you might have seen a sudden rise in the number of audiobooks reviewed. I utilized audiobooks occasionally for school work and textbooks in the past yet I’ve recently discovered audiobooks are a great alternative to listening to music at work. All of my colleagues listen to music because the structure of our office spaces allows you to hear every cough, pen drop, and phone call and it can be rather distracting. But I find music starts to get on my nerves after a period of time, especially when Pandora won’t let me skip one more song. I can’t listen to audiobooks all the time due to the concentration they require, but they are perfect for the days when I am manually transcribing PDF reports into Excel.

Planning | Once I finish Her Fearful Symmetry, I plan to start listening to 1984 by George Orwell, which is the very first book on my list for the Classics Club. I also plan to start reading a nonfiction book but cannot seem to decide between the seven I currently have checked out from the library.

Borrowing | I currently have twenty-seven books checked out from the library plus three cookbooks and two DVDs. I think I’ve discovered the downside to being within walking distance of the library – I’m constantly deciding to pop over during my lunch break to return a book or pick up one from the hold shelf only to return to my office with five or six in hand.

Watching | I rewatched the first season of “Little House on the Prairie” and watched the episodes from seasons six and seven where Almanzo and Laura met and marry. Otherwise, the television has remained off. I’m sure that will change with my favorite shows returning later this month and with the documentary on the Roosevelts starting tonight on PBS.

Blogging | I have two reviews to write up and my thoughts on the first part of The Sparrow to finish for tomorrow. I was going to do a Library Loot post, but I’m feeling a bit lazy about assembling all thirty titles into one post.

Anticipating | I haven’t seen my brother since we were both home in June and my dad since I moved away in July so I’m eagerly anticipating their visit next weekend. We’ll be visiting two national parks and seeing the Red Sox play at Fenway (a first for my dad and brother!), and I have Monday off from work so all the more reason to be exicted.

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 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.

Photograph © Ardent Reader. Taken: September 14, 2014.


  1. Enjoy the visit with your dad and brother!! And so glad you got the bookmark. 🙂 It was fun to make them for everyone so I’m happy people are enjoying them. And yay for the book! I had to put it down for Diversiverse reading but I can’t wait to get back to it.


    • I’m still stunned it happened. I see so many bikers doing crazy things — running red lights, not wearing a helmet, going the wrong way — that I wasn’t expecting it to happen to me.


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