Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Salon - February 20

It's been a slow reading week again; I've been distracted by the spring-like weather we've been enjoying.  Throwing doors and windows open makes me feel the need to start washing down walls and cleaning out closets. 

I read "One Amazing Thing" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and am now back to reading "The Glass Castle" all while trying to catch up with the "Villette" readalong.  I was surprised to realize, well into "Villette," that I have already read it.  Does not remember reading  it mean that I really didn't like it?  Do I keep reading if it was that unmemorable for me?  I'm sure I will; I'm not good about giving up on a book.

We're watching a t.v. show about Perseus this morning and it's once again reminding me of how much I enjoyed my Greek mythology class as a college freshman.  And how little I remember about mythology.  So I'm wondering if I can squeeze in "Mythology Monday" as well as "Fairy Tale Fridays" and still find the time to read books.  Perhaps a monthly thing?

I'm going to be finishing "The Glass Castle" this week and starting "Beatrice and Virgil" by Yann Martel for a TLC book tour in March.  What are you reading this week?


  1. Read a few and reading a few more. Please visit to see!

  2. I read Vilette a long long time ago and didn't really like it. I wonder if a re-read would help improve it in my mind? I still have The Glass Castle sitting on my nightstand patiently waiting!

    Good luck with Beatrice and Virgil! I look forward to your thoughts on that one!

  3. I read Beatrice and Virgil and wish I had not wasted my time.
    So much hype and it wasn't really bizarre.

  4. The weather here went from spring like to winter like (winter like in my part of the country, anyway). I hope you are enjoying your reading. I read The Glass Castle awhile ago and thought it was good.

    Mythology Monday sounds like a great idea. My dad got me interested in mythology when I was growing up, his own interest sparked by a class he took in college.

    I hope you have a great week, Lisa!

  5. Hi Lisa...Looks like you've been reading all the books I've enjoyed: Glass Castle, Beatrice and Virgil (very dark) and One Amazing Thing -- enjoy them all.

    Have a great week as well.

  6. I have a copy of Beatrice and Virgil but not for the tour. I got the ARC from work. I still haven't read The Life of Pi yet.

    We are having anothe blizzard today so no spring weather here. I'm doing okay for reading, trying to read more for me rather then review obligations. This week i plan on finishing the mystery The Amateurs by Marcus sakey and then I might bust out the new Diane Chamberlain. We'll see, I also have a memoir called A Mountain of Crumbs that's tugging me over. Atleast it's not about mothers and depression. :)

    happy Sunday!

  7. I've always been fascinated by mythology. Good luck with the new feature!

  8. Oh, I think a Mythology Monday series would be excellent! And as far as getting halfway through a book and realizing that you've already read it, well count me in in that one too!

  9. Greek mythology is fantastic.
    A lot of it very dark, but great anyway.

  10. Mythology Monday sounds a good idea. I've learnt a lot from Fairy Tale Friday even though I don't comment.
    I don't like giving up on a book once I've started, but sometimes I get bogged down in the middle and then have to keep going to see if there's an improvement, a satisfying ending etc. I gave up only on one last year because it was so depressing.

  11. I really like Greek mythology. I always thought that it was a so much cooler kind of religion than the modern-day monotheistic ones we have.

    If you do start diving more into mythology stuff, "Gods, Heroes, and Men of Ancient Greece" by W.H.D. Rouse was a cool book - it felt like I was reading fairy tales or bed time stories.

  12. I remember studying mythology in high school and just loved it. That and studying Shakespeare (same year, same teacher) might have been what started my enjoyment of reading.

    Glad you had a great weekend!

  13. We had spring weather but it's left us and I'm none too happy about it! I hope you have a great week in books!

  14. Mythology Monday would be cool...I'm learning so much from your FTF posts!!!

  15. Oh, that's happened to me -- reading a book only to realize that I've read it before. The optimistic view would be that you weren't ready for it when you read it the first time around .. I hope VILLETTE stays with you this time!

    How are you enjoying THE GLASS CASTLE? It's an extraordinary story.

  16. Just talked to my inlaws in Beatrice and they expect nice weather again tomorrow (but cold today?)
    anyway, sure sign I am getting old when I chat abt the weather....
    I discovered that I had already read ndtotally forgotten abt reading Atonement and fell in love with McEwan on that second read! And t couldnt hv been more than 4 yrs apart.

  17. I have barely gotten past you throwing open the windows and doors yet. I am so jealous! It is still bitterly cold here.

    I look forward to your thoughts on Beatrice and Virgil. I've always been curious about that book. I'm working on The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner and it's good!

    Have a great week Lisa!