Sunday Salon – Traveling

Sunday Salon

I’ve spent the last 45 minutes or so laying in bed and reading.  What a wonderful morning!  In a few minutes I need to get up and get packing to go back home, but I decided to stretch out my lovely, restful reading time by a few extra minutes by posting my Salon.  Unlike last Sunday, I will actually get some good reading time in today, on my four hour flight back to Chicago. 

I’m working on two different books today, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about either of them.  The one I’ve been reading so far this morning is Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a dystopian novel.  The writing is well done, absolutely and I am definitely not DISliking it, but I seem to be reading it almost in a daze, as if I cannot respond to it until it is complete.  This is my first experience with Margaret Atwood, and I am reading it right now for a group read on LibraryThing.  I am definitely engrossed and do not want to put it down, but it is just such an odd feeling while reading it, very detatched. 

The other book I will definitely be working on today is “Storm Over Morocco,” by Frank Romano.  I chose this book from ReaderViews to review.  I began it on the airplane on Friday, but had to put it down after 5 chapters or so because the tone was just very intense and I needed a break.  It isn’t bad, again I’m not disliking it, but I just couldn’t take it for very long and I am a bit reticent to get back to it.  He’s not really even at the really intense part of his story, it is just something about his method of storytelling, I think.  I can see this book really sucking me in a little farther down the line, but it is almost scaring me at the moment. 

If I manage to finish both of these books, I will probably go on to “S: A Novel of the Balkans” for the Reading Globally theme read on the Balkans, which is going on right now.  However, I think that there is a definite possibility that I will finish “The Handmaid’s Tale” and still need something to intersperse with the intensity of “Storm Over Morocco.”  If that is the case, I don’t think a story about war and rape is quite going to cut it.  In which case I’ll start reading my book for book club this month instead, Jeffrey Eugenides’ “Middlesex.” 

Well, Saloners, I must go pack and talk wedding plans with my mom.  Before I go I want to leave you with this comic that someone posted on LibraryThing today.  Hilarious.   


16 comments to Sunday Salon – Traveling

  • “I’ve spent the last 45 minutes or so laying in bed and reading. What a wonderful morning!” I remember doing things like this! It was before children and internet…lol! Maybe when they are grown and gone, I’ll do it again. Until then, I grab my coffee and head to the office where it’s quiet.

  • Even now, pre-kids, I have a hard time doing this at home. However, this morning I’m at my parents house and, because of the time difference, I woke up a good hour or more before everyone else. Actually, my sister is STILL asleep, two hours after I posted.

  • You’ll have to tell us what you thought of The Handmaid’s Tale when you’re finished. I was always curious if it was any good…as for the cartoon, loved it.

  • Ann Darnton

    While I absolutely loved ‘Middlesex’ I’m not sure that it’s really a book to read to lighten the intensity of your reading. You might want to look for something happier.

  • I get that feeling also, unfortunately I have a limited number of books with me on the plane, and no justification to buy more. I figure it is at least less intense than rape and war…hopefully.

  • I absolutely loved The Handmaid’s Tale. And now plodding through The Blind Assassin..


  • Sounds like my kind of morning!! Good luck with Handmaid’s. I read it a couple of years ago, and it actually took me two tries to finish. While I did end up enjoying it, my favorite Atwood is the 2nd book of hers that I read: The Robber Bride. So great!

  • I wish I could l lay in but once my eyes open I am awake and jump out of bed. The only times I don’t I know I am ill. Loved the cartoon

  • rantsandreads

    I liked the Handmaid’s Tale. It was very eerie. I wonder what you think of it though. It was quite disturbing on levels that 1984 and Brave New World didn’t quite reach.

  • I enjoyed reading The Handmaid’s Tale as well. I’m planning on reading The Blind Assassin soon!

  • Heh, heh, love the comic strip. The author lives in my neighborhood. :-)

  • I know exactly what you mean about reading a book in a daze. Like you are reading over the book instead of through it. I think that has been part of my struggles with reading lately, I don’t find myself dropping into a book where I can really feel it, and live it, and love it. I just picked up A Northern Light about an hour ago and the first line drew me right in, then so did the second one. So I have high hopes for it.

  • I love the cartoon. It reminds me of me. The kids are always watching movies in the van.

  • This cartoon made me snort my coffee.

    I’m planning to re-read The Handmaid’s Tale this year. It’s been many years since I read it; such a powerful book.

  • kegsoccer

    It’s too bad previous comments don’t count towards the contest! Anyways, I realized I didn’t comment on this entry. I’ve been seeing the ‘sunday salon’ picture around recently but I’m not sure what it actually means. Do you guys have certain topics, anywhere I can find out more info about it? I have enough on my plate as it is, so I just want to learn what it is.

  • Here’s the link. It is basically just everyone taking some time to read on Sundays then talking about what they read or their reading week. No prompts.