The Sunday Salon.com I did something this week I never thought I’d do: I read while sitting at a bar in a restaurant, while my brother sat beside me watching sports. He’d had a bad day (we found out someone has been possibly using his social security number since 1987), and I went along for the ride. After we’d eaten dinner, though, he sat nursing his drink and watching the racing channel, and I quickly grew bored. It made me glad I’ve learned to carry a book with me at all times for bibliomergencies. So I got in some quality reading time while finishing my mudslide and waiting for my brother to finish whatever toxic substance he was drinking.

I’m finally starting to put a bit of a dent into The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’m really enjoying it, but it is taking me forever to read this book. I’ll get really into it at some points, and then struggle with it at other points. Does that happen to anyone else? It seems to happen to me more than I would like. I’m about a quarter of the way in now; I wish I was farther along, but so far, no luck.

I also made a few purchases this week. I went into town last night armed with a gift card, a coupon, and my Rewards cards, and I hit both Borders and Barnes & Noble. I came away with some pretty good reads.
From Borders:
*The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
*Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas
*Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

From B&N:
*After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
*Kafka on the Shore, also by Murakami
*The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
*The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

On top of the books I brought home the week before, it’s definitely time to try to put a moratorium on book purchases. According to my “tbr” tag on Library Thing, my current to be read list is at 307 books. Think I can hold off on buying books until, oh, Christmas? Because I know I’d never get through those 307 books between now and then. I had made a goal at the beginning of July to not buy more than 3 or 4 books a month for the rest of the year. I want to see if I can go until Christmas without buying any more books. I’ll still get books from the library and BookMooch (That’s a given), but I want to try to pull this off. This madness must end.

Have a great afternoon/evening, Saloners!

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