Has it really been a week since the last Sunday Salon already? I remember sitting here roughly this same time last weekend wondering what to write about, and here I am a one-week veteran of the Sunday Salon and……err……I’m still wondering what to write about. Well that’s not exactly true. There is one thing I wanted to do through the medium of words, and that’s to extend my gratitude for the incredibly warm and friendly welcome I’ve received from the Sunday Salon membership over the past week. Since my inaugural post last Sunday I’ve been blown away by just how nice you guys really are. As cheesy as it sounds, I think I’ve found a great community here, which in a world that’s getting more and more self-centred each day, is such a difficult thing to find.
I’d also like to say that I’m equally blown away by the support that’s been shown for my 100 Shots of Short Challenge and I’d like to thank everyone who has decided to take up this challenge. Just as importantly I’d also like to thank ‘angel hearts’ like Wendy (CaribousMum) who have tried, and succeeded, to give the challenge (and my Chekhov one) a little more exposure.
Moving on, and with little of anything specific to write about, I guess it would be of some value, even just for personal archive, just to give a brief run-down on my ‘reading life’ over the past 7 days. It’s been a fairly quiet and uneventful week reading-wise but there are a few ‘notables’:
- My ‘50 Novel’ reading challenge is still ongoing. I’ve not been concentrating on my current read (Sara Gruen’s Water For Elephants) as intently as I should be, but I’m steadily working my way through it and enjoying it immensely. I would never have thought a novel about a Depression-era circus could hold my interest, but it really is enthralling.
- Keeping on the theme of my ‘50 Novel’ challenge and I’ve now removed Great Short Stories of the English-speaking World from the ‘50 list’ (on account of me wishing to stick fully to the ‘novel’ aspect of the challenge), and replaced it with A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Tolz, one of this year’s Man Booker shortlist titles. I purposely chose this title because I wanted to add a novel that was a bit more bang-up-to-date for a change. As good as my 50 Novel challenge is, I’m always feeling a bit ‘behind the times’ with my novel reading, and inclusion of A Fraction of the Whole addresses this somewhat. As the copy I have in my hands is a library copy, and therefore in great demand, I’m reading it just as soon as I’ve finished Water for Elephants. Unfortunately the overall Booker Prize winner gets announced this Tuesday (14th October), so no chance of me finishing the novel before the announcement, but it’s still nice to read a ‘hot topic’ book for a change; and who knows it may well win that coveted prize.
- I’m progressing nicely through both of my ‘short story’ challenges. Both are incredibly fun and I’m finding the short story format easy to accommodate into my schedule (especially when there’s no time limit imposed on these challenges). I’m finding them so much fun that I’m even contemplating adding a third short story challenge to my schedule. Right now I’m resisting with every bone in my body (because everyone will think I’m nuts! )), but I don’t think I can hold off much longer, because it’s such an exciting challenge to be involved in. The upshot is you’ll probably see a new challenge being launched by me some time during the next week. It just depends on how long I can last out……groan ).
- Chekhov continues to enthrall and delight me with his short stories, but it looks like my original 201 story challenge total is going to swell somewhat, after I gleefully discovered a few days ago, a new (to me) anthology of 51 new Chekhov stories in The Undiscovered Chekhov translated by Peter Constantine. Can you imagine how happy I was to discover these? )
Anyway that’s all from me for Sunday Salon this week. See you all next week, when hopefully I’ll finally have a Sunday Salon post of substance and value. Until then – Happy Reading!
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