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

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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

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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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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.

Reading

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.

Blogging

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.

Goals

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.