Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Sunday Salon: The Day After...

It's the day after... Read-a-thon appears to have been a huge success and, once again, I missed it. My plan is to block out the fall date as soon as it's announced. We had a full schedule of family events yesterday - from ACT testing (involving a half hour drive each way for both drop-off and pick-up) to two family confirmations and parties.

This Sunday Salon post will be a quick wrap-up of the week, and then I'll start reading. The Classics Circuit visits on Saturday and I'm just beyond the half-way point of The Ladies' Paradise. Emile Zola is becoming a new favorite!

Wuthering Heights Wednesday read-along, hosted by Jill at Fizzy Thoughts has begun. Quite a few participants (like me) are first-time readers. The book's darkness took me by surprise - not at all what I was expecting! I'm really enjoying it, but don't foresee much happiness for these characters. The next post is coming on Wednesday.

A new author discovery last week... My Short Story Monday post, Frank O'Connor's "First Confession", had everything I expected from an Irish author. Are you familiar with O'Connor? Any suggestions for further reading?

My review of Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life by Catherine Reef was posted Friday. This provided just the right amount of background information for A Moveable Feast (which I hope to start by the end of the week).

It may be quiet at Lakeside Musing for a few days as I continue with Wuthering Heights and finish The Ladies' Paradise. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton is still on my iPod. It's an excellent audio and drew me in right away, but I haven't been very good about walking this week.

Hope all the read-a-thon participants catch up on sleep. I need to catch up on reading! Which will you be doing?


  1. The Forgotten Garden looks like a good book. Have a good week.
    Sunday Salon: Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

  2. Right there with you for both the family commitment thing and the quiet blog while I (happily) read through this month's commitments.

    Think Wuthering Heights is surprising a few people. Just think that the number of classic and backlist shared reads this year is so great!

    Happy reading!

  3. I think it's safe to say there will be no Happily Ever After in WH. If there is, I'll probably fall out of my chair in shock.

  4. I miss the read-a-thon every time. I think I'm going to just accept that fact and move on. It does look like lots of fun though.

    You're right about W.H. but I hope you still enjoy it. I love it. I love all the raw, out-of-control passion in it. It's not at all healthy, but it makes for great reading.

  5. Sounds like you had a busy day yesterday!!! I managed to stay up until 2 am but I didn't have any power so didn't get any reading/cheering accomplished!!

  6. The lake looks beautiful. Have a wonderful wee and happy reading.

  7. I'll definitely want a report on the Kate Morton audio. I really enjoyed her other one (I'm brain dead so I can't remember the name, but the one about the gothic mansion). I normally am not able to participate in the read-a-thons because of kids activities, but this one just happened to fall during spring break luckily. But I think the kids really enjoyed it, so maybe we will try to fit in the next one even if we do have to go to a football game or whatever.

  8. Thank you for supporting me through another RAT...I can't wait for you to participate in one so I can cheer you on:)

  9. I first read Moveable Feast several years ago and I loved it. I don't know why I didn't like it as much this time. There seemed to be a lot of name dropping. Maybe that was it.

  10. Book Dilettante - The Forgotten Garden is very good! I just got a copy for my mother today.

    Frances - The shared reads have been such fun! Thanks to your post today, I have another one to consider...

    Softdrink - I finished this week's section today - it's quite a book!

    C.B. Jamess - So far, I think Wuthering Heights is great... and I love how the raw and out-of-control setting parallels the passions.

    Staci - We had a great day yesterday (except my daughter didn't think much of the ACT's!). Can't believe a power failure cut short your read-a-thon, lol!

    Gavin - Thanks, you too!

    Sandy - The Forgotten Garden is a great audio! Have a feeling I'll be looking into The HOuse at Riverton eventually, too. I loved reading through your readathon posts - looks like the kids had a great time, too.

    Book Psmith - I'm really hoping the October RAT works out. Let me know when you hear the date.

    Readerbuzz - Guess I missed that this was a reread - glad you loved it the first time around.

  11. We missed you yesterday--but after the weekends I had in March--every one of them crazy busy with family stuff--I know what you are talking about. there is only so much time. I missed out on the WH read-a-long. That is a classic I have never read.
    *smiles and happy Monday to you*

  12. Spring is such a busy time isn't it! I spent the weekend shopping for new clothes and a birthday gift for a friend so it's time to get back to The Pursuit of Love. Nancy Mitford that is...

  13. Kim - I'll get to do a readathon one of these days :-)
    WH is very good so far!

    Darlene - There is always so much to do on weekends, especially in the spring. It sounds like you had a good one!

  14. I missed the read-a-thon too. Hopefully we will both be able to participate this fall@

  15. Reviewsbylola - We'll see what happens for fall. I'll keep hoping :-)


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