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Sunday Salon : The Week of (almost) no Reading

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As of right now, many of you have spent 24 hours up reading, or close to, and probably look something like this. Or maybe you’re confused like this! Anyway, I’m sure you had lots of fun!

Sadly I couldn’t participate this year, except for a little cheering, since I have been swallowed by the Uni monster : with three papers and three tests coming in the next week, it would have been very unwise of me to participate! I did pick a date for my own little read-a-thon, and if everything goes according to plan, it should be on November 12th.

This also means that I finished a total of one book this! One!! It was The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and it was an okay read. I have made some little progress with Fahrenheit 451, but I had a hard time wrapping my mind around it with all the studying, so instead I mostly read Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, which is the perfect escape for the 5 minutes I manage to read before sleeping at night!

I did managed to post some reviews that I had written previously (except for The Maze Runner) :

I already have a bunch of posts written for this week, but I fear I won’t have much time for replying back and commenting this week! Time was already rare in the last few weeks, but this one I really need to put my mind on studying. I’m already having a hard time with my reader, there are blogs I haven’t visited in weeks! 😦 I’m so sorry for that, I’ll really try hard to go by your place soon!

Have a great Sunday everyone! 😀

Sunday Salon : on Read-a-Thon envy and Books

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So it’s true : one week from now, it’s the biannual Dewey’s Read-a-thon! Can you feel the excitement? I can! And I don’t even know yet if I’ll be able to participate – but probably not. I’d say there are 9 chances out of 10 that I won’t be able to, and I’m a little sad about it! But I have to act wisely for once (gasp!), and joining the fun would mean loosing two days of studying. Unless everything goes extremely well this week, I really can’t afford this! 

But, enough with the whining already! If you’re free next weekend and love to read, you should join! Because :

  • You’ll get to read a lot.
  • You can meet new fantastic bloggers!
  • You can participate in mini challenges and win prizes
  • You can read for a cause (for instance, giving 5$ per book to X cause)
  • Reading a lot = helping your TBR pile get smaller

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If I can’t join on the reading fun, I know that I’ll at least be lurking around, maybe cheering some of you up! So please join, it’s a fantastic event and it’s extremely fun to read together with the book blogger community!

And while we are o the Read-a-Thon topic, if you haven’t seen it, take a look at my comic from yesterday 😉 It’s kind of appropriate, and dedicated to the Read-a-Thon participants!

By the way, who’s participating in the Read-a-Thon? Leave me a note here, and I’ll try to go cheer you next weekend! 

On to the books now!

Books Read this Week :

  • Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald
  • Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  • Buffy Season 8, Volume 2 : No Future for You by Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty
  • Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield

Books Reviewed this Week :

Today, in between study sessions and working on papers, I’ll be reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner. And oh, am I having a difficult time getting into this book! I’ve been dragging this for four days already, and I’m just not as excited to read it as I would like to be. It’s not bad, not at all, but there’s something that doesn’t click with me, and it bugs me even more that I don’t know what exactly!

Fahrenheit 451 is being a better read for me, and so far I enjoy it! I read it for school something like twelve years ago, and in French, so my memory of it is quasi null. Also, every time I try to remember it, I have flashes of Christian Bale in Equilibrium, burning art and stuff.

So, what are you reading today?

Sunday Salon : on Slow Reading and Books

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Another week over, and time is now definitely passing by faster than I would wish it to. My midterms are on the corner and as a result, I am (supposedly) spending my time studying and working on papers. More school work = less time for reading, and so I have read only 2 books this week.

My blog has slowed down a little, too, and while I was previously updating on a daily basis, this week I skipped a few days. Nothing dramatic there though; my mom used to say “if you’ve got nothing to say, don’t talk”, which is a very clever advice if you want my opinion! I guess it’s normal that, as the reading slows down, so does the blogging.

The good news is, I am a huge procrastinator! So my study time yesterday afternoon looked something like this : 5 minutes studying, 10 minutes looking at lolcats, 5 minutes studying, 10 minutes blogging, repeat. So, I wrote 3 and a half reviews in that afternoon! My to-be-reviewed pile is getting a little smaller, and I have a few posts ready to be posted for those days when I really have nothing to say. Go me!

Today though, I really can’t afford more procrastination. I’m putting the books aside and, hopefully, studying plenty!

Books Read this Week

  • Nice Girls don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper
  • Girl Stays in the Picture by Melissa de la Cruz

With the stress from upcoming tests and papers, I have turned to extra-light and fun books. It’s the perfect way to escape!

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Other Blogging things this Week

Sunday Salon : September recap and Books that Stuck!

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Another month gone by, witch results in the usual “oh-my-god-already!?!?” reaction!

September was a busy month : back to school, BBAW, and lots of reading! I’ve managed to read a total of 18 books in September, which can almost be considered as cheating since 2 of them are Chester and Chester’s back, with more images than words! Still, a good month.

  1. Sucks to be me by Kimberly Pauley
  2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  3. Chester by Mélanie Watt
  4. Chester’s back! by Mélanie Watt
  5. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  6. The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  7. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  8. Buffy, Season 8 Volume 1 by Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty
  9. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  10. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  11. Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
  12. Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
  13. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  14. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  15. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
  16. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  17. Switch by Carol Snow
  18. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

It would be difficult to select a favorite; if I have to select a single book, I’d say Life as We Knew it (more on that one later!). But the complete Uglies series was great, too.

And now, for the week :

Read this Week :

  • Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Switch by Carol Snow
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  • Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  • Nice Girls don’t have Fangs by Molly Harper

Reviewed this Week :

I’ll take a short moment to remind you that the Review Challenge has officially started! Yippee! I won’t mind if I do this alone or almost (well, we’re at least 2 right now! :P) but if you have books piling up on your desk waiting to be reviewed, join the fun! 😀

And now, I want to talk about books – but not any book! Last Sunday, I finished reading Life as We Knew It and I absolutely loved it. I won’t go too much into why I loved it so, so much, since there’s a review coming up soon, but the book haunted me all week. I have had a hard time reading something else since, and I thought so much about its characters and story that I even dreamed about it! I can’t remember the last time a book had such a lasting effect on me. Which, of course, made me curious : what is one of the books that stuck to your mind long after you finished reading it? That haunted you through your daily tasks and maybe even changed your view on life?

Sunday Salon : on Books and the Influence of blogging

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Happy Sunday fellow Saloners!

How has your week been?

Mine has been pretty good on the reading side :

Books I read this Week :

  • Extras, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Liar, by Justine Larbalestier
  • Living Dead Girl, by Elizabeth Scott

Books I reviewed this Week :

I still read more than I review, and this is why I created The Review Challenge! If like me you have a pile of books on your desk, waiting to be reviewed, come and join! The rules are very simple, too. I have created it for myself first, and I didn’t want to put too much pressure either. Hopefully I’ll be able to start 2010 with no books left to be reviewed!

Also, you know that comic thing I do once in  while? Well, I did it again! And I want to thank you all, because it’s amazing to read your comments on them! Thank you! 😀

Today I’ll be reading Life as We Knew It and The Pshysick Book of Deliverance Dane. Both are really great reads! I’ve been kind of lucky with my reading lately – or maybe it’s because I listen to your many amazing reviews.

When I look back on this year’s reading, I can see that I have read a lot less “bad” books than in the previous years (and by bad, I mean books that I didn’t personally appreciated). I could brag about my incredible ability to select the right book at the right time, but the truth is, a lot of it comes from the influence of other readers and bloggers.

Since I started following blogs and communities like Goodreads, I have taken the habit to “investigate” a book before deciding whether I should read it or not. It helps to read reviews and comments, to know whether a book is for me or not. Sometimes a great review will push me to read a book I wouldn’t have read otherwise; sometimes, even a negative review will have the same effect!

And I’m not even gonna start talking about the influence this has had on my TBR pile!

What about you guys? Has blogging influenced what you read? Do you find it easier to pick the right books for you?

Sunday Salon : BBAW, University and Boookish things

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Hello again everyone!

BBAW has come and gone so fast, I would think it was all a dream if it wasn’t for my feed reader, which has nearly exploded! I have yet to read the biggest part of what has been posted on everyone’s blogs this week, but I’ll try to do as much as I can today and Tuesday. I thought I would manage to read most of it yesterday, but then we got a surprise visit from friends that – which was extremely fun, no complaining here! But as much as I love them, it also means that I have to do all the laundry today instead of quietly relaxing. *Sighs*

Ironically though, despite not having the time to read blogs (or even write my own – only one review this week!!), I have read plenty this week. The summer had completely erased my memory, and I had forgotten how many pages I can read on the commute and in between my classes. Also, it seems I will have very few papers to write this semester, but many exams, which will mean a lot less “hard work” as I call it, and a lot more studying. I have a good memory, so that shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Books Read this Week :

  • Pretties, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Specials, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Never Cry Werewolf, by Heather Davis
  • Give up the Ghost, by Megan Crewe

Book Reviewed this Week :

It’s a huge problem for me right now, reading more than I review! My pile of books to review is huge!!!! So, I’m thinking of creating a review challenge for myself, from October to the end of December, so that I can start 2010 on the right foot! Would anyone be wanting to join me? It wouldn’t be strict or anything!

This Week I also worked on a comic for the BBAW, and had a really interesting discussion on blog’s reviews’ summaries. What began as a simple question turned out to be a really interesting discussion for me, and I’ll be back with a summary of your answers later this week!

Today, when not doing laundry or reading blogs, I’ll be reading Extras, the last book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. It’s really good so far and I’ll miss the series terribly once I’m finished with this book! At least, I can still discover the author’s other works. I’ll probably read a few more pages of The Physic book of Deliverance Dane, too, which so far is excellent! I really have nothing to complain about when it comes to reading, this week.

Also, I have a good question for you : what is one of the great blogs you discovered during the BBAW? I’ll be trying to get a look at some new ones today, since I haven’t been as present as I wished during the event! It’s not too late though, is it? 🙂