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The Sunday Salon: Some Things I Learned in 2008

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday and Merry 2009! Condolences to those of you who must return to the work world tomorrow. Here are a few things I learned on my reading road trip in '08.

  • It wasn't so terribly painful after all to read War and Peace. I even enjoyed it!
  • And - the next time I read a chunkster like that, I will focus only on that book and not read anything else concurrently. I feel like I missed a lot by interspersing other books with it.
  • My favorite genre is contemporary women writers (Orange July was wonderful for that reason!) My second favorite is historical fiction. Often they're one and the same (e.g. Music and Silence by Rose Tremain or Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks).
  • "Contemporary women writers" does not mean chick lit. (I already knew this, but maybe you didn't.)
  • Graphic novels are definitely worthy of the name literature.
  • I can read many more books than I ever thought I could. 107 total for 2008. Many more in 2009!
  • The book blogging community is a wonderful place to learn, connect, laugh, cry, be creative and add too many great books to an already teetering Mount TBR.
  • It's quite possible to blog and visit blogs 24/7.
  • But then I wouldn't get any reading done.
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10 comments:

Jill said...

I am glad to be part of your reading journey. Have fun with Orange January (I know I am!)! =)

SmallWorld at Home said...

I love this synopsis! And yes, women writers definitely don't equal chick lit (well, in all cases, anyway)!

Lezlie said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed War & Peace! I, too, thought it was wonderful and well worth a reader's time.

Lezlie

Dani in NC said...

I'm with you on those last two! For the past three Sundays, I've meant to spend the whole afternoon reading a book. Instead, I spent the whole time reading and commenting on Sunday Salon blogs. It looks like the same thing will happen this Sunday :-).

Wendy said...

I love your "things learned", Terri! I agree 100% with your observation about reading blogs 24/7 *laughs* I have nearly 800 UNREAD blog posts on my Reader right now YIKES! HAVE A GREAT DAY!

beastmomma said...

I am impressed that you finished and enjoyed reading war and peace.

Bogsider said...

Darn inspiring post! Thanks for writing it!

Lezlie said...

I've awarded you The Butterfly Award! Stop by for details:

http://booksnbordercollies.blogspot.com/2009/01/lovely-award.html

Lezlie

Bree said...

I hear ya on the 24/7 blog surfing and getting no book reading done. Its so addictive. Congrats on reading over 100 books.

regularrumination said...

Hello! I agree with you that the book blogging community is amazing. I recently just joined (not even two weeks ago!) and I already feel so welcome. Thought I would drop in and say hello after I found your blog through another link list. :)

- Lu