January 18, 2009

The Sunday Salon

Welcome to my very first Sunday Salon entry!

I have been reading other bloggers' Sunday Salon posts for weeks now and decided I just had to be a part of it. People around the world reading books at the same time and blogging about it- a shared experience that can enrich your already passion-filled hobby? Wow, how can I pass that up?? If you would also like to participate in the Sunday Salon, just click the icon above to learn how!

I did not get the time to read today that I thought I would. My father, who is dying of cancer, woke up and was alert for several hours this afternoon so I was at the hospital with him and my family. He had not been this alert in over a week, so that was a great surprise. He even managed to drink some broth and eat some Jell-O. He had not eaten that much in over two weeks. It was a good day for him and it was nice to hear his voice and see his smile!

So, I did not read as much today as I had planned, but I did get some reading done. This morning my mother and I had a little reading time together. I had given her the book This I Believe II from NPR's radio show of the same name. We read a couple of essays, which are all only about two to three pages. They are very inspiring and thought-provoking. We also listened to a seven-year-old boy on NPR's website read 30 of his own beliefs. You can listen to it here.

I also got in about 30 pages in Celebrate Life: New Attitudes for Living with Chronic Illness by Kathleen Lewis. I am 2/3 of the way through the book and I cannot wait to review it. I have learned a lot.

I read about a page and a half in The Brothers Karamazov before the nurse from the hospital called to say my father was awake. I am going to read some more in it before I go to bed tonight.

Since I am almost finished with Celebrate Life, I am thinking already about the next book I am going to start. I try to have a maximum of 5 books going at the same time, lest I get completely confused. How many books do you normally have going at once? How many is your limit to read at one time?


  1. I'm glad you start posting your own Sunday Salon posts! Now I discovered your blog!

    I've read the first This I Believe but haven't read the second one yet.

    5 books at one time? I think you're amazing. I can have three going at one time but they have to be different genres!


  2. Well, I am glad you found me! :D

    Oh, believe me, the five I read at once cannot be similar either or I would mix up details from book to book. I usually read 2 fiction books and 3 nonfiction, and never more than 3 fiction books at once. And they have to be dissimilar, like I said. The New Girls and The Brothers Karamazov are nothing alike and that's how I keep it straight!

    Thanks for stopping in and you are welcome all the time!

  3. I am glad that you were able to enjoy some precious time with your dad today - and he could share with you the gift of his smile.

  4. I'm excited my review got you interested in Made from Scratch! I see on your profile that you liked Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle about her year eating locally with her family? I thought it was fantastic. It was the first book of hers I'd read and now I must read more. I recently acquired The Poisonwood Bible, which is sitting on my shelf now, awaiting its turn.

    In answer to your question: I try to keep my number of books to two, unless I know I'll have a lot of time to read. If I try for more than two, one of them invariably slips off the radar and I have to start over with it another time!

  5. I have Animal, Vegetable, Miracle on my TBR list. I have heard good things about it. Oh, I do hope you like The Poisonwood Bible. It is one of the few books I have read more than once.


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