Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Sunday Salon: Thankfully Reading 2012 Wrap-Up

The Sunday

I hope everyone that celebrated had a lovely Thanksgiving - I love this opportunity to pause as the year comes to an end before the craziness of the holidays. Especially in the aftermath of Sandy, there is much to be thankful of this year and many reminders of how fortunate my family has been this year.  I spent the weekend at my parents house and enjoyed a lot of quality time with them catching up and planning for Christmas.

 Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves and Jennifer from Literate Housewife hosted Thankfully Reading 2012 - an event where participants enjoy an unstructured read a thon and read as they can throughout the long weekend. Despite having very few plans, I got far less reading done than I would have liked. As a child, I read constantly but this weekend I wondered how I ever got any reading done in my house with the constant distractions. My parents feel the need to be in perpetual motion (the cleanliness and efficiency of their house is evidence of that) so there a few opportunities to just sit and read. I have concluded that I read a lot while waiting or in transit- as a passenger in the car while my parents drove, waiting for them during doctor's appointments or other errands or on the city bus to and from school. This weekend was no exception - I did the bulk of my reading/listening on the bus to and from the city, on my daily neighborhood walks and just before sleeping each night.

Despite the limited reading time, I finished The Bungalow by Sarah Jio and made a lot of progress on The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith. The Bungalow is a delightful story and I was glad to escape into it for the weekend. So many bloggers have raved about this and other of the author's novels - I can see why. With The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds, I have discovered a new favorite audio narrator - Davina Porter. The book is set in Edinburgh and Porter does a beautiful job with the Scottish accents - I feel like I am listening to my grandmother speak. Another delight.

I also had the chance to sneak in some Small Business Saturday shopping at Booktowne in downtown Manasquan, NJ.  Manasquan had a lot of storm damage so I was encouraged to see so many people out shopping on Main Street on Sunday and the bookstore was packed. I got some great books for a little one in my life and it felt good to patronize a small business - especially one that lost weeks of sales thanks to the storm.  Please consider shopping locally this holiday when you can.

Ahh - the weekend is coming to an end but I know these good memories and reading delights will carry me through the week!


  1. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. Audio that makes you feel like you're listening to your grandmother speak sounds divine!

  2. Your weekend sounds so nice. I had no time to read but being with family is always the best so I don't mind. I have The Bungalow on my shelf (a giveaway win) and want to read it before Jio's latest.
    I don't think I've ever bought a children's book anywhere other than an indie bookstore. I love being able to turn the pages and take in all the gorgeous illustrations, etc. Now that my granddaughter is mobile (17 months) she's also more interested in looking at books. Guess what her gift from Mimi will be this year ;-)

  3. It sounds like you had a great weekend!

    I've always believed in shopping local but do so more now that my husband and son are part of our local retail scene!

  4. I love having stretches of time to read -- such a luxury! Glad you had a lovely weekend!

  5. I'm glad you got some time to read! I'm amazed I'm such a reader when I visit my parents too--the tv is *always* on. I suppose I did spend a lot of time in my room, and I don't do that when I visit.

  6. My favorite place to shop is our small town - we have an independent bookstore and other locally owned shops. I like the sound of that audio book. We have Scottish relations through marriage.

  7. Sounds like you experienced some wonderful books during your holiday and some great times with your family!

  8. Hi, Colleen - I wanted to invite you to click over to my blog and enter the Ireland Challenge giveaway! :)