Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Back on Track

Finally! We've recovered from the long weekend in Boston, the facebook frenzy has passed, and best of all, I've started to read again. Life is back on track.

Reading for the week ahead will include some stories by T.C. Boyle. These continue to fascinate me, and I'll be sharing one for Short Story Monday tomorrow.

The Everything Austen Challenge continues. Last week I started Two Guys Read Jane Austen by Steve Chandler and Terrence N. Hill. The book is composed of letters exchanged between two long-time friends as they tackle Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park together. Some very funny anecdotes about life and friendship slip into the correspondence, too. This appears to be a tried and true format for the duo. Previous books include Two Guys Read Moby Dick and Two Guys Read the Obituaries.

The summer vacation reading challenge will wrap up with Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. While this book is a little heavier than the last two books of my 'Italian tour' (The Enchanted April and A Thousand Days in Venice), the beautiful writing has captured my attention. I hope to spend some time in my chair by the lake with this book ...if the storms hold off!

Finally, a quick thank you goes out to HMSGofita from Gofita'a Pages for sending me this Your Blog Rocks award. Isn't that a great button? I've met the nicest people through the Everything Austen Challenge, and she's definitely at the top of the list! You should see the progress she's made with this challenge - Jane would surely be proud!

Hope you enjoy your Sunday. Where will your reading take you?


  1. I have never heard of the "two guys read...." books, but they sound great and perfect for the Everything Austen challenge.

  2. The Two guys seem interesting...I'd love to read the Obituarie book.
    Congrats on your award! I've been to Gofita's blog. We both have a little Gabriel. :)

  3. Two guys sounds like so much fun!I love reading about other people reading (duh, book logs)

  4. I vaguely remember hearing about the "Two Guys Read Jane Austen" book, but I didn't know the authors had other books. The obit one sounds intriguing.

    Where will my reading take me today? Well, my current book (The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder) is taking me to Minnesota in winter. Not what I call enticing, but hopefully it will get better.

  5. Oh dear me, the Two Guys Read Jane Austen sounds too wonderful! I've just read the first few pages of Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym which reminds me - it's time for tea.

  6. Molly - The 'two guys' are very entertaining! I love how they manage to tie an Austen thought to some very funny life experience.

    Ivy - I bet their Obituary book is even funnier! I may have to search for it when I'm done with their Austen reading. I didn't realize both you and Gofita have little Gabriels!

    Pam - The two guys are great, but I love reading about other people reading, too - lol!

    Dani - I'm definitely intrigued with the obituary book, too...but I'll skip Moby Dick! Hope the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder picks up. I love the title.

    Darlene - The two guys are definitely a hoot! Enjoy your Pym and tea...

  7. This is my first time visiting and I absolutely love your header pic.I just had to say that :)

  8. Two guys read Jane austen looks great! Oh, how I love the blogging world where I get to know such lovely and interesting people! Yeah, Ivy, I'm so glad we both have little Gabriels! Aren't they the cutest!

  9. Ti - Thanks for visiting. That picture shows one of my favorite spots in the world!

    Hmsgofita - Two Guys is very entertaining. I just love it that you and Ivy both have little Gabriels!

    Gautami - It is! :-)

  10. I have to read the 2 guys book..sounds wonderful!!!! Glad that the facebook frenzy has died down for you. I don't spend near the amount of time there that I did at first!

  11. Staci - Two Guys is a lot of fun. I posted a teaser from it today, too.

  12. Isnbook blogging community on a binge of Austen? I just finished The Jane Austen's Book Club, which is surprisingly pleasant and fun to read. Two Guys Read Jane Austen would be another fun one to try. :)

  13. Matt - I love the way you put that! An 'Austen binge' does seem to be happening now. Two Guys was a fun read.It made me want to revisit Mansfield Park (my least favorite Austen) with their thoughts in mind.


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Be sure to check back, I always respond. Due to a recent increase in spam, all comments are moderated.


Related Posts with Thumbnails