The Sunday Salon.com Happy Sunday, Saloners! I’m back after taking last week off. It’s been a busy two weeks, in terms of book acquiring and reading.

After seeing quite a few people using it on Library Thing, among other places, I decided to give BookMooch a try. It’s official; I have yet another book-related site to develop an addiction to. Most of my books were sent across the States, but I sent one to Australia; I imagine it will probably be a little while before she gets it. I also managed to Mooch a few books: How to Be Good by Nick Hornby, Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson, and Unless by Carol Shields. I’m excited about all of them, and I also have The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon headed my way; I expect it within the next few days. I’ve picked it up and put it down a thousand times at the bookstore in the last year; when it came up as available to Mooch, I figured this was the best way to get it, and I’m excited to read it.

I also picked up quite a few other books during the last week and a half as well. I bought After Dark by Haruki Murakami, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton to celebrate a new job; volume 3 of A Dance to the Music of Time just because (I needed to add something else to get free shipping from Amazon); The Assault by Harry Mulisch, And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander, On Beauty by Zadie Smith (off the clearance table; it was a remaindered hardcover), and The Accidental (also from the clearance table, and an audiobook to boot). Lastly, iTunes was offering a free download of an unabridged version of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, so I took advantage of that. This is doing nothing for my TBR pile, as my rate of reading does NOT equal my rate of acquisition.

Speaking of reading, I did a little of that the last few weeks as well. I finally finished A Room With a View by E.M. Forster. A review will be forthcoming. I also need to review the other books I’ve completed during the last week or so: The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell, and Austenland by Shannon Hale. They were all pretty entertaining. But I’m using them in various challenges, and for me, part of a challenge is reviewing the works I read for the challenge.

See you all next week, when I will hopefully have some more thoughtful analysis of things I read during the week.

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