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The Sunday Salon #52: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Blind Assassin

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I am very slow with completing books as I am consumed with preparing to take the bar exam in MA. 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.

 Purse Book

During my commute to and from my bar prep course, I have been enjoying The Girl with the Dragon Tattooby Stieg Larsson.  Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to finish the book before the book club meeting on Thursday.  However, I am really taken with the story and want to see what happens with the characters.  Plus, the story is set in Sweden and I like learning about another country through a novel.  One thing I wish is that I was not so exhausted on the train, so that I could read more of the book no a daily basis.

Nightstand Book

Even though I had vowed that Blind Assassinby Margaret Atwood would remain my purse book, I could not keep that promise.  Unfortunately, the Atwood masterpiece is on my night stand.  As much as I am sleepy on the train, I am even more exhausted by the time I climb into bed.  I snuck a chapter of reading in this morning before I began studying.  I am getting more and more curious about what is going to happen with the characters; the story is intricate, detail oriented, and really engaging.  Again, I wish that I had more energy to put into absorbing the story.

Other Book and Life Related Events

My energy and time is pretty consumed with preparing for (and hopefully) passing the MA bar.   I find myself longing to get lost in books.  I was telling a friend of mine that one thing I find particularly challenging about the bar prep process is that I am missing the refuge and joy I get from good novels.  She reminded me that bar prep is a limited time and that I need to think of quality, not quantity.  I am trying to keep that in mind and feel glad that I am able to get in at least a few pages of reading. 

On Thursday, I am really excited to attend a book club meeting with the partners and professors book club that I started.  It is our first meeting of the New Year and I think it will be a good break from the stress of studying. 

Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 12:48AM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments5 Comments

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Reader Comments (5)

Good luck on the bar! Just remember, this too shall pass and you will once again be lost in a good book.
January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha
I enjoyed the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. Yes, it is a long book. I hope to read all in his series. Good luck with the exam.
Hope you'll visit my <a href="http://bookbirddog.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-post.html">Sunday Salon</a>
January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHarvee (Book Dilettante)
Trisha: Thank you so much for the encouragement
Harvee: Thanks for the link to your review and for the good wishes with the exam.
January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
Oh, I can't wait to get to "The Blind Assassin," which is on my stack.

But first I must read "The Peppered Moth," by Margaret Drabble,which is up next, after I finish my current read.

I always think of Drabble and Atwood, almost interchangeably.

Maybe it's the British thing (well, actually, Atwood is Canadian, isn't she?).

At any rate, I love them both!

My Salon:

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel-Rain Snow
Hello Laurel-Rain Snow: Yes, Atwood is Canadian :) I have not read anything by Drabble. Now, I am curious :)
January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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