As you all know, I’ve been mulling over what to do with Reading and Ruminations for awhile now. Even though it’s not been active, I hate the idea of giving up on it, so I just bumble along, and pop in from time to time (usually around Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon). But after spending August getting back into a reading groove, I decided I want to try to dip my toes in a little more often here. I won’t be posting daily, and possibly not even weekly, but I want to make a point of talking about what I’m reading at least a couple times a month.

And then on Twitter, Trish from Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity mentioned that she wanted to do a low-pressure readalong of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell in September. This is a book that has been on my radar for awhile. I’d look for it occasionally at bookstores, and was never able to find it. And then, on a trip to my favorite bookstore in the world, Green Apple Books in San Francisco, I picked up a used copy last year. And then promptly stuck it on my shelves, to be lost among the hundreds of other books waiting to be read.

I admittedly don’t know much about The Sparrow, but it seems that everyone who has ever read it has loved it. So I decided that I’d take part, and use this as my opportunity to start blogging about books again. 

My plan is to post once a week or so with updates on the book: my thoughts on it, where I’m at, that sort of thing. My expectation is that I probably won’t read much, if at all, the first week and a half of the month- I am having my gallbladder removed on September 11 and want to use the time between now and then to make sure my house is spotless and all my laundry is done. Once my surgery is complete, though, I have two weeks at home to recover, and will most likely be doing the bulk of my reading then, so expect to see more updates after that. 

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