Sunday, September 18, 2011
The Sunday Salon (20)
On the reading front, I'm currently trying to read 3 books at once. I'm working my way through Gone With the Wind still, and I can do that at a relatively slow pace, so that's not really a problem for me. However, I did request a book from NetGalley.com and I was approved, which was exciting because a lot of publishers are really picky about who they approve. Some of the publishers, you have to be a 'big time' blogger in order to be approved. Anyway, I started reading it then day I was approved. Not very far on that one though because I have another one that I have a deadline for.
One of my friends invited me to a book club on Facebook and I though, okay, this is neat because most of the people that I talk to about books are on Twitter and different blogs. We're reading Devil in the White City this month, and we're meeting tonight at this place in downtown Augusta for desserts and discussion. I'm pretty excited about it. But I was way behind as of yesterday and I had to be at page 205, and I have about 40 pages to get there, which I can easily do before tonight. But that's about all I'm reading.
Other things about reading, I'm putting myself on a book ban. I've gotten really bad about buying books and waiting forever to read them and I have 34 books on my shelves right now that have to be read and that is not counting all of the ebooks that I have. If I added in that number, it would be terrible. So, I'm going to spend the rest of the year working my way through my own books. I'll probably allow some review requests in there and I'll probably request a few things from NetGalley, to kind build myself up there. Other than that I'm not going to be buying books. When I get through 10 books on my shelf, I'll allow myself to buy TWO, until I'm finished with all 34, then I'll take myself off the ban. This will probably last until next year and this also means that my In My Mailbox posts are going to suck hardcore, but I can live with that.
A cold front is moving through the south and it is beautiful! We've had the windows open and its felt amazing. It was 63 degrees yesterday and as awful as this summer was, this is so welcome. It's supposed to be nice this coming week too, so I might spend some time outside if I'm not backed up with schoolwork. But I've been doing a pretty good job of staying on top of things, so I think I'll be okay.
On a much more serious note, I need to ask a favor of my blog followers. I got a phone call from my very best friend yesterday afternoon. She was on her way back from the doctor. She is 20 years old and she just had a baby, he's not even 2 months old yet. When she was pregnant, they discovered she had the beginnings of cervical cancer, and started treatment after the baby was born. However, they discovered at her treatment that she has progressed into stage 2. She goes in Tuesday for a biopsy and from there they will decide what her options are.
Please add her to your prayer lists! If you don't pray, just send positive vibes her way. This is devastating for her, because the possibility is very real that she may have to have a hysterectomy at 20 years old. My heart breaks for her, she's like family and we've been close since high school. So please keep her in your thoughts, the more thoughts the better!
And now to get away from that serious note, because it makes me sad, and I will say that I hope that everyone is having a fantastic Sunday. But to backtrack a little, answer me this, have you ever participated in a book ban and if you have, how well did you stick to it?