Sunday Salon: June slowdown

This week I finished In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan and just now, I finished reading The Best American Travel Writing 2007. Short review of it to come soon. June has been very nonfictiony which is good. I always like to balance fiction and nonfiction.

For the rest of the day, I am going to read Gilead. Also on the go are Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman, and I got a copy of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell again. It is doubtful when I will pick that up again. I am more likely to read one of the other nonfiction books I have on hand during the week or soon. Also, I need to finish three books for the Book Awards Challenge (Gilead is one of them, Anil’s Ghost is the next one, third to be determined) and read William Shakespeare’s Sonnets for the Shakespeare Challenge. The latter will probably not take a long time, but I still need to find time for it.

I read less this week than I have for the previous weeks because my social schedule ramped up. I think it continue to go up, much to my mixed emotions. I am introverted by nature, and it really is my preference to stay at home on weekends to read, knit or watch a film. I am not adverse to social activity, but I prefer books often. When I am busy socially or otherwise, my hobbies get neglected. I always seek to read more. It really is an addiction. I love amassing books and finishing them. Even though, as a fellow bibliophile once told me, it can be said especially in stories wherein the end leaves you wanting more or you have attached yourselves. It’s the mark of a good author that endings leave me bittersweet. I like finishing books, but I am sad I have to see the stories end and the characters go off to the fictional sunset.

Still, I will endeavor to read voraciously for the next couple of days when I am free. Since my childhood, my summers have always been about books and they will continue to be. It seems this is the way for most people though reading is a lifelong activity.

Happy Father’s Day to those celebrating it!

Have a good week.

5 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: June slowdown

  • JLS Hall

    I agree – summer is about books! Even though there’s lots of other stuff to do, I just always feel the long summer months are the best time for reading.

  • Kristen

    I so hope you enjoyed Gilead! I loved it… I’m looking forward to reading In Defense of Food, too — I’m still on the library waiting list… Your paragraph on introversion really resonated, too — each sentence had me thinking, “Absolutely!” 🙂

  • Lacer


    Totally agree with your post, I’m the same, the busier I am, the more I just want to sit at home with my hobbies!

    I also agree about books which leave you wanting more, I felt exactly that way about Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, even considering it’s length!

  • dewey

    I’m with you about the introversion! If I don’t keep that social life under strict control, it starts to feel like a chore. Do you mind me asking why yours is increasing lately and bound to increase more? Did you suddenly inherit a billion dollars? Did relatives move into your town and expect you to be their tour guide? 😉


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