Sunday Salon: Insomniac Edition

Presently, it is past 3AM and I am having a rare case of summer insomnia. I decided that I may as well send a few emails and write the Sunday Salon for today.

This week, I read only a tiny bit of The Name of the Rose. I like it, but I have been severely sidetracked by work and other things this week. I plan to read the book today (after I sleep that is), and start another one for variety, probably one of the nonfiction memoirs that is due this week from the library.

My library TBR pile is out of control again. As I mentioned last week, I have been going through a lot of guidebooks with reference to an imminent move I will make in the near future. Guidebooks do not necessarily need to be read from cover to cover, but I now have several novels set in this place (not excluding the couple that I own personally). While novels are not the best travel guides, I like the idea of preparing myself on a journey by reading fictional stories of people who live in this town as I will. Have you ever done this? Does it make it even more worthwhile for a trip or move?

I will end this insomniac edition of Sunday Salon with a quotation:

Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insights and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. Public libraries depend on voluntary contributions. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” — Carl Sagan, Cosmos.

Here is to some sleep and lots of reading for the rest of Sunday. Have a good week, everyone.

4 comments

  1. John says:

    Sorry to hear that you had a touch of insomnia, with me its usually the dog and once I am awake I kick into instant life as long as I have had at least 4 hours sleep.

    I just get up and get the current book and read wrapped in a chair downstairs listening to a classical station
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  2. unfinishedperson says:

    I can relate to the insomnia, but mainly, it’s been because of allergy headaches.

    I think it would be good to read fictional accounts as long as you’re not moving to Stephen King’s part of Maine. 😉

    Loved the quote. Thanks for sharing.

  3. dewey says:

    No, I’ve never thought of reading fictional books about places I’ll be visiting or moving to, but that’s a smart idea, I think. I’ve read some novels set where I live now, but only after the fact. Maybe you could try this again once you’re settled with some different books set where you’ll be living, and see if they seem like an accurate portrayal of the place. It could be a fun before/after blog post series!

  4. Andi says:

    Hope the insomnia doesn’t hang on too long. I’ve been dealing with a good bit of that this past week, and I’m sick of it!

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