The Sunday Salon - Memelet

The Sunday

Here's a little mini-meme, which is about all I have energy for this weekend! Retiring is exhausting!

What books did you read in October?

Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson
The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley (graphic novel)
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
As We Are Now by May Sarton
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
The English Major by Jim Harrison

What was your favorite?
The Secret River by Kate Grenville Why? This is a very powerful novel about the colonization of Australia. Beautiful writing and character development.

What was your least favorite? The English Major by Jim Harrison Why? This book started out OK; I figured it would score about a 3 1/2; about a quarter of the way in, it had degraded to a 3; then 2 1/2 and by the time I finished it was barely a 2 of 5. Repetitive and boring boring boring story of a 60 year old horny man, divorced, on a road trip. Same scenario, different town. Repeat. Repeat. There wasn't one character I liked. I didn't like the way he thought about women. Or that he constantly thought about his penis. Not recommended, unless you're a 60 year old horny guy who fantasizes about hitting the road.

Hopefully after Tuesday and the election here in the States, I'll have a bit more focus and energy.

For now, I'm reading Peony in Love by Lisa See, taking a bit of a break from blogging and taking lots of naps.



Jill said...

Look at all those books you read while still working! I wonder how many books you'll read per month now that you're retired!!!

=) Jill

Yasmin said...'re retired now...yippee you! From your list...and because I keep seeing this book...I need to check it out:
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Happy SS!

Terri said...

Jill -- if I can ever stay awake long enough to read more than a page or two, my numbers should increase! Catching up on sleep this weekend.

Yasmin, thanks for stopping by. I have several posts about 19th Wife - I did one of the book blog tours and there's a post by the author too. Very interesting book!

Literary Feline said...

It looks like you had a good reading month, Terri. Hopefully you will be rejuvenated soon. :-) Have a great week! Here's hoping things go well on Tuesday!

BooksPlease said...

Congrats on your retirement! I'm just catching up reading blogs, so missed the actual day. I've been retired now for 18 months and I found surprisingly that although in the first month I read many more books than I did when I was working full-time, after that I didn't and the number of books I read now is the same (or even a bit less!) than before.