Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Sunday Salon - Where did this week go?

I had plans for the blog this past week. I was going to start doing the Tuesday Teasers meme, answer the Tuesday Thingers question, review some books and generally talk about books. On Thursday I realized it was no longer Tuesday but I figured I would do the Tuesday items anyway and just be late. Well, as it's now Sunday and they never went up, what I want to know is where did the week go?

I don't even have a good answer. I did read a few books this week, watched excitedly as some of my favorite shows started back up on tv, but nothing was really accomplished that kept me from writing and reading blogs (and man! after adding all those new blogs after BBAW, I have LOTS to read now!). And, no, we've had no offers on our house so we are still a dual-state family.

But today is Sunday and I am joining the ongoing Sunday Salon meme of writing about what I've been reading and what I plan to read. And, obviously, to babble a bit!

I finished quite a few books this past week that I will be reviewing in the next few days. One, Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, I listened to as an audio book. We will be discussing that at the LOLAs book club on Wednesday. Not sure if I will post my review on it before book club, but will write it so my thoughts aren't clouded by the other members. My goal would be to add their thoughts as well afterward, but we'll see how organized I am.

Other books I've finished this week are Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos, Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz, and an ARC, Hell Bent by William Tapply. I enjoyed all of these books and am looking forward to writing the reviews.

Not sure what I'll be reading next for sure, but in the pile are The Good Thief by Hannah Tintl, Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein and another ARC, Any Given Doomsday, by Lori Handeland. I'm sure one of them will grab my interest this evening to start.

I am also investigating the whole audio book on the MP3 player thing. I know alot of folks do that, especially when walking or working out. As I don't own an MP3 player and just started exercising again, I am trying to figure out what works for me. I am not into listening to music much so have never had a reason for a player but can easily see getting more books completed this way. If anyone has any tips for me on this, I'd love to hear them. My library uses NetLibrary for the audio books so I am starting there on what models to research.

I'd love to hear what your reading plans are for the week. Hope you have a good one!


Anonymous said...

I've tried audio books and find that my mind wanders too much. I guess I'm a visual learner. I hope they work for you.

Ang said...

Was wondering what happened to you this week. Glad to hear you're ok. Some weeks are just less productive than others.. I know so well. This past week I finished book 2 in the Twilight series (New Moon) by Stephanie Meyer. I highly recommend that series! Very good! And we also read/discussed High Noon by Nora Roberts at my book club. It was a light read which kept my interest. Not a huge work of memorable literature, but likeable nonetheless. Gosh, I should blog about that, since I seem to have writers block lately! LOL

Anyway, looking forward to your upcoming reviews...

Julie said...

Hey Girl - I'm half way through Running w/Scissors. Anxious to hear your thoughts.

Also, I can't really do audio books. Need to read them myself. Listening and reading are two totally separate things, if you ask me. But to each his own!!

Anonymous said...

I totally understand that "where did the week go" feeling. I've even graduated to where did the month go? LOL! It took me a year to look at MP3s and make my decision. I doubt it will take you that long. But for me, when it comes to technical gadgets, I'm slow. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm at the mercy of book groups this week--gotta finish Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune so I can start Simi Linton's My Body Politic (a memoir) this week. And I have a book review to write, but that shouldn't take too long.

Anonymous said...

On audio books--the best use for them that I've found is listening to essays on a long drive--so you don't have to follow one long thought--or listening to a book you've already read and loved (so you can just enjoy the language and flow again, without concentrating on the details). The reader makes a difference too--some are excellent, some are awful.

Ruth said...

I did the same thing... even went so far as to write everything down into a list of what posts and what books I was going to review on which days... and the pile of books is still sitting on my desk untouched, and I didn't get anything written at all! The only thing I can say is I'm blaming Jason F. Wright for my unproductive week. I got so caught up in reading Recovering Charles that I forgot I was supposed to be working too. :)