Happy Sunday! We are back from Toronto and I’m feeling quite refreshed after a little social media/blogging break. I haven’t yet opened Feedly to check it out but all those posts will be marked as read (with a bit of scanning because I’m compulsive). I keep wondering why I don’t delete that little Facebook app on my phone. I really should. But that’s neither here nor there today. For almost a week it was nice to be absolutely unconnected.
Ahem, speaking of connections…
You know what I haven’t had in a long time? A good readalong!
Lately The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell has been getting a lot of buzz around the book blogosphere (I love when that happens with older books…this one published in 1996). Here’s what I know about the book: Sci-Fi and Religion. Two areas where I don’t typically dive into with my reading (I’ll do sci-fi before religion, though). I’m intimidated to pieces by The Sparrow but too many of my favorite bloggers have raved enough that I can’t ignore the chantings anymore.
So who wants to join me of a little readalong of The Sparrow?
When: Begin September 1st (I’ll put up an introductory linky post), Halfway (through ch 19, pg 201 of my copy) on Monday September 15th, Finish Tuesday, September 30th.
Synopsis from Goodreads (if you can believe it, I copied and pasted this without reading a word):
In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being “human.” Words like “provocative” and “compelling” will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer.
So…what do you think? Join me! Join me! Let me know in the comments below. I’ll use #SparrowRAL as the hashtag on Twitter.
In related news, I’ve been thinking of starting a monthly readalong here on the blog–thinking that those who are interested can suggest books and then we can put it up to a vote. I’ve been really missing readalongs lately. Would you be interested? I’m thinking low pressure and backlist (ie not new) books.
Books Recently Finished: I did finish The Buddha in the Attic and it’s saving grace was the short length of the book (125 pages or something). The subject of women coming over from Japan to marry and their subsequent lives in America was very fascinating and the chapters dealing with the internment camps during WWII were heartbreaking, but I would have preferred to read a more character driven story. I also finished Austenland while on my trip. It was cute.
New Books in the House: None. Yay me! Though in the airport I discovered a cute little storybook called 101 Things to do With Baby. I passed it up but it’ll go on my wishlist.
New Books on my E-Reader: Kindred by Octavia Butler. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while so as soon as it popped up on Nook Daily Deal I snatched it up!
Books on the Nightstand: I’m reading Good Chinese Wife for a book tour this week but I’m about to abandon ship. It is a memoir of an American who married a Chinese man while she was living/studying as an expat in Hong Kong. Interesting story but the author’s voice is terribly irritating to me. I’m curious to see where her story goes but I’m not sure I can stand to finish. We’ll see. Soon I’ll be reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand for book club.
What’s going on with your Sunday today? Bookish and otherwise?