Happy Sunday Salon, everyone! I am now completely settled in here at WordPress, and I’m glad to have my Sunday Salon posts here as well so everthing is in one place.

The start of the new year means I can start diving in to all the reading challenges I’d lined up for 2009, and I started off with Looking for Alaska, John Green’s first novel. I thought it was great; Green is very talented. However, the next time I read a young adult novel, it has to be a cheerful one, because reading Looking for Alaska on the heels of Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers has bummed me out a bit. (I’ll be reviewing Cracked Up to Be later this week; I just didn’t get to it before 2008 ended)

I’ve decided that now is a good time to tackle War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It’s one of those books that’s been sitting on my shelf for a long while now, and it’s time to read it. I started it on Friday, and my goal was to try to read 50 pages a day. If I did that, it would take me about a month to read it. I only made it to page 20 on Friday, and I didn’t touch it at all yesterday, so I’m a bit behind schedule. But I’m not going to kill myself trying to get caught up. I’ll finish it when I finish it, and so long as it takes me less than six months, I’m fine. I wouldn’t even put a six month limitation on myself, but I have a friend who said I wouldn’t be able to finish it in six months, and I kind of enjoy proving her wrong.

I’m also reading The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell, which counts for both my Countdown challenge and my Winter Reading challenge. So far, I’m really enjoying it. I’m hoping to finish it in the next few days.

Finally, I’m listening to an audio book version of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon for the Outlander challenge. I read Outlander in 2007, so I’m listening to the audio book when I do other things, like get caught up on my feed reader or even while I’m cleaning. Because I already know the story, it’s not a big deal if I check out for a few minutes. And it’s kind of neat hearing the story brought to life. I’ll probably do that with the first three books in the series, but I’ll have to go back to reading the books themselves when I get to Drums of Autumn, which I haven’t read yet.

What are you reading today?