The Sunday Salon #48: Curious Incident of Dog in the Night, Week Three
Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 12:20PM

The Sunday

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.

This morning,  I read a few more pages of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.  In addition to being written from a unique perspective, the story has some interesting plot developments.  In the passage I read this morning, a mystery was solved.  A relationship between two characters was transformed.  As cliche as it sounds, I thought about how one act, moment or event can change your life forever.   I wonder what it would be like to change from loving my parents and trusting them completely to feeling very frightened of them and being unsure about everything they told me. 

On Wednesday, I attended my second meeting of a book club at our public library.  It was storming pretty badly and not many people came.  The folks who attended are what I would describe as the core group.  They all had lots to say and I had trouble interjecting myself into the conversation.  It is another lesson in how I need to speak up more, but I also enjoyed listening to them speak.  We read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett which was excellent.  I realize that now I have three reviews which need to be written, but I am struggling more and more to find the time to think about, create, and post my reviews. Hopefully, I will get to catch up on my reviews soon.

Next Saturday, I have to take an ethics exam in order to sit for the Massachusetts bar.  I am nervous because I am not very good at taking standardized tests and I failed the exam once already.  This time, I feel more focused because I have set aside time to study and a plan of action in which to finish.  The last time I took the test, I was trying to study while driving across country and then took the exam two days after we moved.  Even when I was studying, I did not feel particularly focused.  I am hoping that my familiarity with the exam combined with a use of flash cards or more practice questions will result in a passing score.

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