Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon: Bookish Panic, Read-a-thons, and Read-Ins

sunday salonGood morning! It’s a rainy day here in Southern California, a perfect excuse to stay in the house and curl up with a book or two. On Friday, I realized that I only have ten days before the next semester starts. Talk about bookish panic. There are still so many books that I want to read, I realized that the only way for me to read them all is to have my own little read-a-thon. So that’s what I’m doing. From now until February 4th, I’m going to read as much as I possibly can.


Yesterday I read The Bird King: An Artist’s Notebook by Shaun Tan. It was really nice to look at the creative process of an artist. Today I’m finishing up The Procrastination Equation: How To Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done by Piers Steel. I’m finding the book to be very insightful. A few weeks ago, Evelyn from Librarian’s Dreams recommended Carlos Maria Dominguez’s The House of Paper, a book about well, books. Evelyn pretty much recommended it to everyone she knows which piqued my interested in this otherwise unknown book.

savage firmin

If you’ve seen my profile so far this year on Goodreads, you would swear I’ve forgotten about the tbr challenges I’ve signed up for. Not exactly. I’ve been reading so many of the library books I’ve checked out back in 2012 or even books I’ve just bought instead. Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage will be my first official tbr read. So many bloggers have recommended this book about a rat that lives in a bookstore and learns to read.


Two three more books that I’m hoping to read includes: Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco’s Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt whose format I can only describe as a graphic novel hybrid, Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers by Kwame Anthony Appiah after seeing him speak in the documentary Examined Life.

The results are in for next month’s African American Read-In!

poll results

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The winner is Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

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My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist. He was already married ten years when he first clamped eyes on my mother. In 1968, she was working at the gift-wrap counter at Davison’s downtown when my father asked her to wrap the carving knife he had bought his wife for their wedding anniversary. Mother said she knew that something wasn’t right between a man and a woman when the gift was a blade. I said that maybe it means there was a kind of trust between them. I love my mother, but we tend to see things a little bit differently. The point is that James’s marriage was never hidden from us. James is what I call him. His other daughter, Chaurisse, the one who grew up in the house with him, she calls him Daddy, even now.

Isn’t that a great opening? The book discussion will start Monday, February 25th.  Now I’m off to read. What are you reading today?


42 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Bookish Panic, Read-a-thons, and Read-Ins”

  1. Oh my goodness, I am in desperate need of that procrastination book. My new favorite procrastination technique is making to-do lists and then spending hours deciding which project should be my priority rather than, you know, completing the tasks.

    I hope you are able to enjoy the last few days you have before school starts up again. Good luck with the new semester!

  2. I admire college students who can manage some good reads!! I couldn’t touch a book through graduate school and my undergrad years went by without a read at all. So, I’m in book heaven!!

  3. Looks like you’ve got some great books lined up for your “panic readathon.” LOL! There are lots of days when I miss being in school and would gladly trade in my day job for coursework. Then I remember the days of trying to squish in a few pleasure reads among all the required reading and everything, and it makes my job look like a slightly better proposition. 😉

    I’m reading Indiscretion by Charles Dubow which I wasn’t sure would really be to my liking, but at a third of the way through, I’m enjoying it.

    Hope you get in tons of great reading before the semester starts!

  4. You always bring books to my attention that I’ve never heard of, I love that! The procrastination book is one I should definitely read. But it would probably linger on a shelf..ha ha, get it? Ok, that was lame. 😉

    Silver Sparrow sounds really good!

  5. I’ve heard good things about Silver Sparrow, so good choice. I hope you get lots of reading done by Feb 4. I finally finished a book that I’ve been working and am glad since I didn’t love it.

  6. I have almost bought Firmin more than once so I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on it! Enjoy your time off until the new semester starts. 🙂

  7. I’ve already read Silver Sparrow, so I won’t be reading along, but I’ll definitely participate in the discussion. It’s a really good book. I’m looking forward to reading what others think about it.

  8. I’m thinking you are one lucky girl! Your classes don’t start until February 4th??? We were back on January 14th. Urrgh! Enjoy your last-minute reading. All the books look fantastic, and I’m all over anything by Shaun Tan. Loooove him! A-mazing!

  9. Wonderful books there, Vasilly. There are several I want to read. I will try and join in with Silver Sparrow but have a large stack I need to get through in February. Have a great week!

  10. Silver Sparrow sounds terrific, and it’s available at the library, so, double yay! Now I just have to clear space on my reading schedule to get it read by Feb. 25. Thanks again for hosting this event, I’m excited. 🙂

  11. I’m excited to hear your thoughts on Silver Sparrow! I keep bringing up Tayari Jones as a possibility for my book club, and she never ends up being the author we vote to read. I think I’m not selling her books hard enough. I think I am making them sound too sad. :/

  12. I probably NEED that procrastination book. But then I’ll just buy it, and put it on my shelf to read later. So what I need is a book about procrastination to read a procrastination book. Um…

  13. I read Silver Sparrow last year and loved it. Well, it broke my heart, but was such a moving story.. it stayed with me for a long time after I finished. One of my favorites of 2012.

    1. Christine, I’m so glad that you enjoyed Silver Sparrow. You know, it stayed with me too afterwards. I was shocked at how everything went at the end.

  14. I absolutely loved Firmin, but it sounds like you’ve heard that before. I have a copy of Silver Sparrow headed my way; I have been meaning to read it for ages and would live to take part in the read-a-long. Hope your personal read-a-thon worked out brilliantly for you!

    1. Yes! I hope you can read Silver Sparrow with us! That would be fantastic. My mini read-a-thon didn’t work out but that’s okay. I’ll find time for another one.

  15. You have so many wonderful books going on! Glad to hear that you are finding time to read. I don’t know how you do it all!

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