Sunday Salon: Currently in April

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Celebrating | I spent much of yesterday celebrating my birthday with a trip to the library’s used book sale (more about that later), an exhibit at the art museum, a play, and dinner out with friends. With Friday being the start of Passover and today being Easter, only a two of my friends were available to celebrate with me, but we had a wonderful time together and I was reminded of how blessed I am to be surrounded by such wonderful, humorous people.

Visiting | One of my birthday gifts was a trip to see the (currently) members-only exhibit of Japanese landscapes by Hokusai, who is undoubtedly most famous for Under the Wave Off Kanagawa (Great Wave), at the Museum of Fine Arts. I find Hokusai’s works to be incredibly calming due to the blue and green color scheme he employs and his focus on the intricate beauty of nature, and I so enjoyed seeing his art up close and learning more about the process of wood press painting.

Reading | The better question is what book I’m not reading right now? I’ve been very fickle these past few weeks so I have four books in progress right now — Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr, Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple, Paris Red by Maureen Gibbon, and Vietnamerica by G.B. Tran. Unfortunately, I think I will have to go back to beginning with Berlin Noir as I find it difficult to set aside a crime novel for long periods of time and then pick it back up again. But the Whipple has already proved to be charming at only twenty-five pages in and I think Gibbon’s novel holds promise. I’m finding Vietnamerica, which is a graphic nonfiction book, a bit difficult to read due to the typography yet I’m learning a lot about Vietnamese history and immigrant experiences that I’m sticking with it.

Listening | I finished Outlander by Diana Galabdon and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling on audio on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.  I have dreams of reading a book from each of these series a month, but the length of both books on audio meant they spilled over from March. To give myself a break from the chunksters, I’m listening to the much short Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hogdson Burnett and will be starting The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman for book club next.

Watching | I’ve spent the last two and half weeks suffering from a terrible cough and cold. When I wasn’t sleeping eleven to thirteen hours a night, schlepping my exhausted self into work, and coughing my lungs out, I could be found lying on the couch watching the first season of “Elementary” featuring a British, heroin-addicted Sherlock Holmes, a female Watson working as his sober companion, and Natalie Dormer as — I won’t spoil it, but I’m anxiously waiting for my name to come up at the top of the hold list for season two at the library.

Participating | April marks the conclusion of the TBR Double Dare, and I shared my glass half-full success with the dare last week. The Classics Club announced their ninth spin with the selected number announced tomorrow and the “due date” scheduled for May 15. I shared my list of twenty possibilities on twitter last Tuesday, and I’m hoping either number three — Lady Susan by Jane Austen — or number nine — Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy — will be the winning number.

Anticipating | The second half of the television adaptation of Outlander started last night so you know what I’ll be watching after I finish this post! I’m also looking forward to family visiting later this month and starting on a new, exciting project at work. And, hopefully, the spring weather we were treated to yesterday will continue!

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.

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