I am very slow with completing books as I adjusted to married life in the New England area. I thought it would be fun to track my reading progress each week. The Sunday Salon is an online reading group where all the participants set aside time to read every Sunday and blog about the experience. To learn more or to join, click on the picture above.
Even though I did not do much blogging about books over the past week, I did have a few book-ish adventures. On Wednesday evening, I attended a book club meeting at the local library where we discussed Once Upon a Day by Lisa Tucker. You can read my review here. I was a little bit nervous because I did not care for the book too much. At the meeting I discovered that not only did others feel the same as I did, but they were quite fierce about their opinions. I have been in quite a few book clubs in my day, but I have never been to a meeting with people who were so intense about expressing their opinion of the book. The members ranged in age from retirees to young professionals. There was one man who I actually felt sorry for because he had to defend his preference for long hair. It sounds totally random, but I kid you not.
On Friday night, I attended the first meeting of a book club that I started. In my head, I have named the club "Partners of Professors" because we are all connected to a professor at a local college. Our first selection was Julie & Julia by Julie Powell which I actually finished about forty minutes before I had to leave. I am telling you that to explain why I have not written a review of the book yet :) The host served a yummy dinner and wine. We enjoyed the discussion and I liked getting to know the members better. We talked about a lot of other things, in addition to the book. I am excited to return to both of these meetings next month.
As for my reading today, I read a few more pages of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. I started the book earlier this week and I am really drawn into the story. Getting the perspective of a fifteen-year-old autistic child who is working on solving a mystery is really engaging. The main character is very observant and good at picking up random details. When Partner and I were looking at bed's earlier today, I thought about what Christopher (the main character in the book) would look for in a bed and a headboard. It was a fun exercise to take into account the opinion and potential reaction of a fictional character in my shopping adventure. I think that thinking about Christopher helped me from purchasing a headboard prematurely.