Sunday, 3 August 2008

Sunday Salon and a Meme

I haven't been as great at reading this week, the weather has been grey and overcast for days with rain threatening so I haven't been sitting in the garden with a book like I was last week. I managed to get finished 2 books and two books are well on the go. The end of the week got taken up by planning for the next school year (I still have 4 weeks holiday, but I thought whilst I was in the mood I'd get on with it).

This week I need to finish Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates, Gone with the Wind and Apache plus try and start Theft by Peter Carey.

I've also been thinking about my reading plans for August, here is the huge list I'd like to get through:

Finish the Southern reading challenge, I need to finish Gone With the Wind and Cold Mountain.
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The View from Africa, various authors
Blood River, Butcher
Frankie and Stankie, Trapido
A Woman of my Age, Bawden
Pawn of Prophecy,Eddings
Apache, Landman (from the Carnegie shortlist)
What I Loved, Hustvedt
The Valkynes, Coehlo

Theft, Peter Carey

The War of the Worlds, HG Wells

Gods Behaving Badly, Phillips

A Meme, gautami tripathy posted this for us Sunday Saloners to complete:

1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?

I don't have one favorite author, but a few that I know I'll love their work: Sarah Waters, JK Rowling, Phillip Pullman, the Brontes, Jane Austen, A.S Bayatt - the list varies on a regular basis.
Marquez. Atwood. I name here only a miniscule. Amongst new authors, I liked Jay Asher and Mathias B. Freese.
2. Who was your first favorite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favorites?
Either Enid Blyton or Roald Dahl. I haven't picked up an Enid Blyton book in years, but when I have kids I'll make sure I read her to them. As for Dahl, I'm teaching two of his books this year and I reguarly use his poetry in school, I think I enjoy it just as much if not more than the kids.
3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?

I loved the Neil Gaiman stuff and Will Self who I have read recently, I'd never tried any of this type of stuff before because I assumed I wouldn't like it, but I was gripped.
I've also discovered Paulo Coelho this year, both the books I read where thought provoking, and I definately plan to read more.
4. Tagged: All you Sunday Saloners, consider yourself tagged.


Anonymous said...

I'll be very interesting in what you think of 'Apache' which I reviewed over on my blog about two months ago. I enjoyed it, but it's received some very mixed reviews.

wisteria said...

I just picked up The Valkynes also.
I probably will read it in the next couple of weeks before my vacation ends as well. You have a daunting list for August, but better that than no ambition. LOL
I probably shouldn't talk because mine is about the same. There is just never enough time is there?

John's comments said...

Gods Behaving Badly, Phillips is a good holiday read
My Sunday Salon Post

Anonymous said...


I'm a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He's the first best-selling
author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:

Have a nice day!


gautami tripathy said...

I can't read Coelho!

Thanks for doing the meme!

Here is my SS post