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The Sunday Salon: St. Augustine Photos and More January 17, 2010

Filed under: Currently Reading,Meme,Sunday Salon — Michelle @ 12:58 pm

As I mentioned before, we spent last weekend in St. Augustine.  Before getting to my week in reading, I wanted to share some photos with you. [The pictures look blurry in this post and don’t on my computer and I’m not really sure why.]

Our Inn
St. Augustine Lighthouse
The Spanish Quarter

St. George Street

For more pictures, click here.

We had a great time. It was very cold. Even the visiting northerners were complaining. But we still did our sight seeing and took in a lot of wonderful history in this 400 year old city. We also went on a haunted pub tour and, on the way home, we drove down A1A and we were so distracted by the gorgeous ocean drive that we took it all the way to Daytona before cutting across the state.  St. Augustine is a cute little city and I can’t wait to go back for a warmer weekend.

The Books

I did not have as much time to read this week as I would have liked, but I did manage to finish two books: The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by LJ Smith and The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson.

I tried to start The Eye of The World by Robert Jordan but I didn’t make it very far. I’m not sure if it’s my kind of book, but I will give it another try when I’m in the right mood.

I posted one review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. I must say, it was a refreshing change to write a negative review.

This week, I plan on starting East of Eden by John Steinbeck and Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. I also hope to get to the second Vampire Diaries book before it’s due back to the library.


The Sunday Salon: Quick Update January 10, 2010

Filed under: Currently Reading,Meme,Sunday Salon — Michelle @ 9:39 pm

Only two weeks in and I almost forgot to do a Sunday Salon post. So this one is going to be just a quick update.

As I mentioned in my last post, Ben and I went to St. Augustine this weekend. We had a wonderful time (despite the arctic air that invaded the state) and I hope to share some pictures with you all soon.

I finished my first two books of the year this week:

  • Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (review)
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (review to come)

Books I’m reading/hoping to start this week:

  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer
  • The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith
  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I apologize.  I’m feeling much to tired/under the weather to insert pictures/links into this post. I promise I will be back in full force next Sunday.


The Sunday Salon: My 2010 Goals January 3, 2010

Filed under: Currently Reading,Reading Goals,Sunday Salon — Michelle @ 10:07 am
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The Sunday

It’s a new year and I’m using this turn-a-new-leaf time to write my first post for The Sunday Salon.  These are some of my favorite posts from other bloggers and I want to join in the fun.  The description of the Sunday Salon is one of a mini-readathon, but I’ve noticed that most use it as a sort of weekly recap or a place to discuss a particular idea.  So if I’m doing it wrong, let me know, but I’m taking my cue from loads of other book bloggrers.

This week has been a bad one for reading and a good one for blogging so I guess overall it’s been an average week.


Despite the limited time spent at work, I still didn’t manage to finish a book (a feat I last accomplished on December 5 – how sad).  I am currently reading:

It is my goal of the day to get to page 600 in The Sweet Far Thing.  That’s about 125 pages and will bring me 200 pages from the end and is certainly possible if I can just sit down and do it.  I must say I’m not enjoying this book very much and only want to finish it because it’s the  last in a trilogy.


This could very possibly be the most I’ve written in one week.  This week I told you about my Christmas goodies both in book form and reading related.  I shared my favorite books of 2009 and my reading stats for the year.  My favorite post (and most visited by you) is my husband’s guest post sharing his favorite books of 2009.  I’m glad you all enjoyed hearing from him and left encouraging comments.

I loved reading everyone’s end of the year recaps.  This might be my favorite time of the year to open my google reader.


Everyone is talking about their reading goals for the new year.  I don’t want to set myself any numeric goals because I’ve learned that I can’t predict how much time I’ll have to read.  Instead, I want to set a few guidelines that can apply no matter how much I read and list a few books/authors that I hope to get to in 2010.

  • I want to read more adult literature than young adult/middle grade.  While I love YA/MG books, I felt like I got a little distracted from other books in 2009.  So it doesn’t matter if it’s one book more or 30 books more, I just want to read more adult literature than not.
  • I’m aiming for 20% of my books to be classics.  That’s a little better than I did in 2009.
  • And I’m aiming for 15% of my books to me nonfiction/memoir v. fiction.  I’m trying to broaden my reading horizon.
  • Specific authors:
    • Margaret Atwood (never read)
    • Isabelle Allende (never read)
    • Kurt Vonnegut (haven’t read in awhile)
  • Specific books:

While I didn’t meet all of last year’s goals, I did like having them as a guide, so that’s all this is: a guideline. If I don’t meet it, no worries.  I’ve also joined a few challenges so with these guidelines and the challenge requirements, I think my year is on the right track.  If only I could finish The Sweet Far Thing.


Seriespalooza December 13, 2009

Filed under: Challenges,Currently Reading — Michelle @ 5:06 pm
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Michelle at Galleysmith is hosting Seriespalooza this week – a week dedicated to finishing the series we’re in the middle of or starting new series we’ve been meaning to get to.  Here is what she has to say about it:

One of my very favorite things about reading is reading books in a series.  I adore getting to know characters and watching as they progress from point A to point Z over time.  But, if you are anything like me, as much as you’d like to read all the books in a particular series you also run into other obligations or constraints.Well, I’m here to tell you that now there’s going to be a time to dedicate yourself, and your reading habits, *only* to the books in a series (or multiple series).

For the week starting December 14  through December 20 I’ll be holding Seriespalooza, where participants will read only books in a series they are either currently reading or are wanting to start.  It’s a relaxed affair where you can read at your leisure so there isn’t any pressure. It’s just a great excuse to dip into the pile of books you want to read instead of those you may have scheduled to read as a result of other obligations.

As part of the fun, over the course of the week I’ll be posting exclusively about series books and authors.   Not only that but you can follow all the fun using the Twitter hashtag #seriespalooza. Oh and because no party is complete without presents I’ll also be dipping into my bag of tricks to award prizes for people who are participating!

So as soon as I finish Hate List today (a book recommended by Michelle actually), I will begin The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. It’s been bothering me that I never finished this series. I didn’t love the first two books as much as everyone else, but I do want to see what happens. This week is giving me the push I needed to finally read the third and final book.  As it’s 800+ pages, I don’t think I’ll be getting to anything else during the week but I’ll keep you updated if I do.


Over the River and Through the Woods… November 25, 2009

Filed under: Chatter,Currently Reading — Michelle @ 8:15 am

Ben and I are on our way to Boston today to spend Thanksgiving with my dad and various other relatives. My dad moved back to Massachusetts shortly after I moved to Florida and as a result I haven’t seen him in over a year (he was a stop on my post-campaign road trip last November).  I never thought this much time would pass without seeing my dad (but hey, life happens) so I am beyond thrilled to be spending the long weekend with him. I have a few posts scheduled so I won’t be completely absent, but I’m sure my online presence will be diminished while I spend some quality time with my family.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving (and a nice weekend to my non-US-readers).

And now I leave you with the books I’m taking with me on my trip:


Currently Reading, etc. November 7, 2009

Filed under: Currently Reading,Music — Michelle @ 9:48 am

I normally have a pretty good work schedule – especially for a lawyer.  I basically work from 8:30 – 5:30 or so with the occasional work taken home.  This week was different.  I basically worked every single moment I was awake.  I’m not complaining – when there is work to be done, I’ll do it.  But it explains why I haven’t had any time for reading and why I didn’t post about books all week.  I also haven’t been reading blogs – or email for that matter. I’m afraid to check google reader.  That is part of my plan for the weekend.

My solution: to tell you all what I’m currently reading (and for fun what I’m listening to and watching).

Currently Reading:

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde – I have about 120 pages or so left, so I hope to finish it this weekend. I’m more into it than I was at the beginning and it reads quickly (I also skimmed ahead and saw that there were some pages of pictures only).



Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I have been reading this forever.  Or not reading it.  I love P&P but as I’ve said before, I’m just not into it this time.  So I downloaded the audio version from LibriVox and I’m listening to it in the car (I figured out how the bluetooth audio in my car works and it is amazing!).  So I am slowly getting through it now.



All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque – I started this for RBC.  At first I wasn’t going to participate because I had no desire to read this book, but I owned it and I figured I might as well get to it now while others are reading it.  I do think it’s probably a book I should read at some point.


And some other books that I’ve only read a chapter or two in so I don’t really count them.

    Currently Watching:

    Dawson’s Creek – I watch this in the morning while I’m getting ready for work since I can’t stand the news and I’ve watched all the TBS episodes of Saved by the Bell 8000 times.  I’m almost done with Season 4 and still enjoying it.  It’s been a few years since I’ve re-watched this so it was about time.  Prior to Gilmore Girls, it was my all-time favorite show and it just takes me back to high school whenever I watch it.

    Other than that, Ben and I are struggling to keep up with our DVR so we’re not really watching anything that isn’t new (usually we have a DVD set or two going)

      Currently Listening to:

      Glee Soundtrack – It’s fantastic.  Need I say more?



      Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan – I know it’s early,  but I feel like I didn’t get to start the Christmas season until December 20th last year, so I’m making up for it this year.  And I’m basically just listening to Song for a Winter’s Night on repeat, not the whole album.


        Teaser Tuesday September 22, 2009

        Filed under: Currently Reading,Meme — Michelle @ 2:44 pm
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        After the wonderful week that was BBAW, I’ve decided to try and be a little more active in the book blogging community and since I can’t make myself finish my books faster, you get this meme:

        “She hadn’t spoken up. She sat and seethed over her Red Vines and thought about moving, but only if it could be done without an implied accusation; she was, ask anyone, courteous to a fault.”

        – Page 82 of The Jane Austen Book Club  by Karen Joy Fowler



        Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
        Just do the following:
        • Grab your current read
        • Open to a random page
        • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
        • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
        • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

        [Originally posted at  For the original post and comments, click here.]