Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Salon - bookish overview and getting back into the swing of things

The Sunday
It's been a few weeks since I've written a Sunday Salon. It's partly because I haven't been doing much reading and partly because I've been so busy trying to catch up with things that I haven't had the time.

It was my son's first day at preschool this last week. And having that deadline everyday to drop him off and pick him up has been really difficult. It has shown me how very disorganised I am in every part of my life. And I don't like feeling disorganised. Especially with my university course coming up I think I need a more structured timeline for myself during the day which should include blogging and reading time. At least for awhile until I can get a better hold on things.

Does anyone else have specific chunks of time set aside for reading or blogging?

Reading wise this week, I've finished the last book in the Princess Diaries series, Ten Out of Ten. It was very enjoyable and I thought it was a nice way to end such a brilliant and fun series of books. I will miss Mia. If only I had the time to reread the series. I've so loved the characters in the books and I love the relationship between Mia and Michael. I'm dying to read Ransom My Heart now! I loved what was continually said in Ten Out Of Ten - that Mia's book will never save anyone's life like Michael's CardioArm will, but it might make someone feel happier while they're waiting for the operation. Meg Cabot rocks.

I've also started to read A Mercy by Toni Morrison and Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek. I've enjoyed both so far. I don't normally read more than one book at a time but I'd already started Tomato Girl, which I won recently when I picked up A Mercy from the library and I couldn't help myself. I was so surprised that it was in stock at the library but I don't want to let go of Tomato Girl either as already it's touched on subjects that are very close to my heart.

Some recent book-related posts on this blog:

I've begun participating in a new weekly meme called Library Loot. Our library cards are put to good use in this house so we'll have fun with this one.

I've finished the 1% well-read challenge and have posted the list of books completed. Also lists for the books I finished in December and the books I recieved for Christmas.

I've also started a weekly feature in which I explore my collection of Robert Sabuda pop-up books. This week I explored my copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


  1. I'm quite lucky with getting time to read. I take public transportation to work, and end up with nearly two hours every day to read and listen to music. It helps me keep the time set to one side.

  2. I normally read in the evening, I have weaned myself off the television and I will sit and read instead. Also I tend to leave home a little earlier to pick up the kids, so that I can read in the car whilst I wait.
    I have never thought of reading the Princess Diary books but I think I will take a look - loved the films,so I probably will love the books.

  3. Looking forward to your review of Tomato Girl. I named it one of my top five of the year...

  4. Tomato Girl, eh? Had to look it up. Sigh. Another book for my TBR.

  5. Does anyone else have specific chunks of time set aside for reading or blogging?

    No, i don;t I just get on as and when! I have started schedualing posts for the future so they are more spaced out - esp my regular features. It makes it seem like I am about, even if I am not :o) Time is scarce these days! x

  6. I am not so organized as to have specific time I set aside for blogging and reading, although I suppose it might appear so. There's never enough time to do either, if you ask me. :-)

    I imagine you will find your regular routine soon enough. I hope you have a good week!

  7. I have nothing to do all day but blog or read.. I wish I had other stuff to keep me busy..

  8. Normally I blog for a bit in the evening and read during my lunch break and before bed. I also try to write blog posts when I have more time on weekends to post during the upcoming week. It doesn't always work, though...the truth is that I'm disorganized too.

    I look forward to your thoughts on the new Toni Morrison. I've heard great things about it.

  9. Organizing my reading and blogging time is a constant struggle. Silly girl that I am, I created three blogs that require me to DO stuff in order to have something to blog about. I have to read to have something to post on my book blog. I have to play games to post on my game blog. I have to knit, watch TV, cook, and generally live a real life to post to my main blog.

    Now that I am working, I am trying to read on work nights and then write a week's worth of posts on the weekends. It's working OK, but I still need to work in the cooking, gaming, and knitting.

  10. I try to read a little in the mornign before I get up and a little before I go to bed. Otherwise -- catch as catch can.

    I actually stopped by to say that I named you for the Premios Dardo Award! See here for details.

  11. I'm too disorganised to have a schedule for reading/blogging unless I absolutely have to. But, I tend to read blogs first thing in the morning, write posts at night, and read whenever I find time. :)

  12. I'm still trying to find a balance between blogging, reading, photoblogging, actually getting out and taking photos, working... So many things I want or need to do and never enough time to do them in!


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