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The Sunday Salon #45: Julie & Julia

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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.

I need some serious motivation to write up a review of Blindsight by Robin Cook, but I did not really enjoy the book very much.  I had a lukewarm reaction to it and I find myself having some writer's block.  As I mentioned in my post last week, I also had some issues with some offensive undertones in the book.  I want to expand on what I found offensive, but I feel like I need to have a lot more energy to write a critical review than one which is filled with gushing.  Does anyone else struggle with that?

As for today, I am going to continue to work my way through Julie & Julia by Julie Powell which is the selection for the book cub I am starting in town.  I started reading the book late, so I am worried that I may not finish in time for our meeting.  However, I am hoping that I can put in some long reading hours in between preparing for class, struggling through thank you notes, and continuing to unpack.  Given my pattern, I am pretty sure that reading the book will give me a good excuse to continue to ignore the last two items on the list.  So far, I find the book pretty engaging and easy to get through.  While I enjoy Julie's sassiness and drive to find her passion, there is something that is not jiving with me.  Maybe it is because I read a few of her blog entries and I also read interviews and reviews of both the movie and the book.  I feel like I know her voice and have a good idea of what to expect, so I am not very surprised.  As the book progresses, I am looking forward to witnessing more of her transformation and hopefully liking her more.

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 12:38AM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments3 Comments

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Removing some of the surprises would kill a good reading of Julie and Julia. So much exposure for all things Julia! Maybe you might pick up Child's My Life In Paris instead or afterwards? Love it! Happy reading!
September 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrances
I've been struggling with some reviews I plan to write as well. It's difficult to know how much to write without giving things away and also when there's something you don't like, how much of that do you reveal?

Good luck with writing your reviews and I hope you find some surprises in Julie and Julia. I haven't read it but a friend of mine did and was inspired to do something similiar with knitting. http://knittingontopoftheworldknitathon.typepad.com/

Happy reading and writing!
September 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Sweet
Frances: I think that I will check out something written by Julia Child after. Right now, I need to finish the Julie & Julia book for our book club meeting.
Pamela Sweet: If I am going to reveal many plot points, I usually put a warning that I have a spoiler. However, I am struggling with coming across as super angry for no good reason. The knitting idea is very cool.
September 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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