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Sunday Salon – December 18, 2011

December 18, 2011

Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon  – grab your beverage of choice, put up your feet and let’s talk books. To visit other Sunday Salon posts, check out the Facebook page for links.

The weeks are flying by – only a week until Christmas and then another week and we will be welcoming in a brand new year. I love the start of a new year and have already been thinking about my plans and goals for 2012. What about you? Have you thought about what your year will look like in terms of books, personal time, and travel? Do you set a reading goal for a number of books to be read, or are you more casual about your reading? Is there anything you are going to do dramatically next year which you did not do this year?

One of the things I am actually getting really excited about for 2012 is The Chunkster Challenge. Vasilly has joined me over there and we are coming up with what we hope are fun ideas to make the challenge more engaging. We have also decided to host The Chunky Book club – a book club designed to read the chunky books (one every three months). We’ll be doing some book features and giveaways too. Here are some links we hope you’ll check out:

Since last week, I have been busy Christmas shopping, working, and reading. I am very close to my goal of 96 books read in 2011…and I may even surpass my goal which would be great.

I finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read my review) which I really loved for its amazing imagery and magical story. So many people are raving about this book, and I can see why. I was excited to see it has been optioned for a movie and am eager to see the outcome and who they will choose for the actors. If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend you do!

I also finished reading The Puppy That Came For Christmas by Megan Rix (read my review) which wrapped up the 2011 Memorable Memoirs challenge for me. This is a heartwarming story which I mostly enjoyed. It is a quick read, and I think most animal lovers will find something to like in this memoir. Readers who are drawn to memoirs will find this a light read that explores loss, infertility, and the power of animals to heal our hearts.

My 94th book of the year and my current read is a collection of short stories by Diana Athill which was published in October. Athill was born in 1917 and her writing is feisty, observant and funny. I should be done reading this delightful collection in the next day or so. I hope to have a review posted by mid-week. In the meantime, let me share an excerpt with you from a short story titled No Laughing Matter which is about a young woman’s first love:

At first she was not always sure whether she was thinking of clothes or a party or men (or a man) because the dazzle of love could be on any of them, not coming out of them but streaming into them from the source in herself out of which the flames and the water and the imminent happening had come. Now, in her first year at the university, it was Stephen who received it.

I have a lot of wonderful books on my stacks for the rest of the month and it is hard to choose which to read next…but I think I will have to pick up We The Animals by Justin Torres. This is a slim book which apparently packs a big punch according to some bloggers who I completely trust. I think I will probably finish this book in record time so watch for a review later this week.

I hope you are having a joyous holiday season and finding some time to sit and read a great book. To keep in the spirit of the season, I thought I would share with you a photo of Raven dressed in her elf hat and looking for mischief:

Have a wonderful week ahead!