I’ve decided to start participating in The Sunday Salon! I love the concept:
Imagine some university library’s vast reading room. It’s filled with people–students and faculty and strangers who’ve wandered in. They’re seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they’re all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they’ll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon’s literary intake….
That’s what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it’s all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week’s Salon get together–at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones–and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one’s earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book.
I am currently reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Earlier in the week I read The Jewel That Was Ours: An Inspector Morse Mystery, by Colin Dexter, which was very enjoyable and engrossing. As sometimes happens after finishing a particularly good or engrossing book, I didn’t know what I was in the mood for next. I finally decided on Their Eyes Were Watching God, which I had picked up at a thrift store a couple weeks ago. I’ve wanted to read this book for awhile but I have been a bit intimidated by it. It has turned out to be easier to get into than I expected, and so far I am enjoying it although I am not totally engrossed.
I haven’t actually read much today as I was out most of the day, a bit longer than planned. I was out by bike and it started pouring, so I ducked into a used bookstore and waited out the rain. It was not an unpleasant way to pass the time and I ended up buying four books: All of One Peace: Essays on Nonviolence, by Colman McCarthy; Experience & Education, by John Dewey; Still Life With Menu Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen (the author of The Moosewood Cookbook); and The Cookie Lovers Cookie Cookbook, by Prudence Younger. I’m looking forward to some new recipes (and I think I was hungry while at the bookstore 😉 ).