Sunday, March 07, 2010

Sunday Salon: First week in March

It's kind of amazing how quickly time passes sometimes. It's already a week into March! This week, I went to one of my few tutorials for the university course I'm taking and the words 'exam preparation' were mentioned. My youngest son is turning *2* this month. This year will mark my ten year moving-to-the-UK anniversary AND my wedding anniversary. Anyway, I'm sure I'm not alone in freaking out at the passage of time.

Today was mostly spent in the company of trains. We took the boys to a Day Out With Thomas event at a local railway centre. It was a little too cold though, and we spent a lot of our time in the Thomas train, being shuttled to and from the stations, trying to stay out of the bitter wind. We left earlier than expected. On the way home, we picked up some newspapers that had the special World Book Day vouchers, which entitled us to get BOGOF on books. We stopped off at a Waterstone's and I picked up two books: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien and a Paul Auster book I hadn't read before.

I'm looking forward to reading them both, but I've also had word that I should be getting a copy of a different book in the post soon (Della Says OMG! by Keris Stainton, which I'm DYING to read), so I don't think I'll be picking up anything that will take up too much of my time right now because I'll just cast it aside when Della arrives anyway.

As for my personal reading: I've read three books this week: Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon, Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes and Boy by Roald Dahl. I loved them all. My review of Wonder Boys is already up. Flowers For Algernon was absolutely heartbreaking and I cried on several occasions. I'd read snippets of it before for a class but I didn't realise until recently that I hadn't read the whole thing. It was incredibly sad and I'm really glad that I've finally read it. As for Boy, I'm still surprised that I hadn't read it sooner. I'm sure I'd have loved it more if I'd read it around the same time I'd read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Matilda or some of his others. It was still cute and enjoyable reading though, especially the bits that sort of explained some of his inspiration for his stories.

And the book I'm reading at the moment is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I've had it for awhile, it's one of those books I always meant to read sooner. Whenever I'm trying to decide which book to read next, I generally select 4-5 books from my TBR shelves that I'm kind of excited to read or books that I think would fit the mood I'm in at the moment. And several times over the last few months Neverwhere has ended up in that collection of maybe-books and hadn't been chosen. I figured now is the time. I'm about 120 pages into it so far, and quite enjoying it. It's Neil Gaiman, of course I'm enjoying it! And when I'm finished with this post, I intend to switch the computer off and curl up in bed with it until my Littlest wakes up. It sounds like an excellent plan to me!

What're you reading?


  1. Ooh, exciting! I really hope you like it. x

  2. Glad you're enjoying Neverwhere! Have you seen the miniseries? If I'm remembering right, Gaiman wrote the miniseries first, and wrote the book sort of to correct the things that the miniseries didn't get right. It's good though! The guy they have for the Marquis is great!

  3. Sounds as if you had a lovely day. We didn't get the world book day tokens at our school yet, so have been left dissappointed this weekend.
    Glad to see you are out of your book slump :)


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