November 18, 2007

The Sunday Salon

I have had a smiley, happy day today filled with everything I love: church, a potluck with my friends and family, and 4.5 hours of straight reading. What could be better?

In my mostly uninterrupted reading time I read the 100 page novella Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Last week I bragged a little about scarfing down 50 pages in an hour, well that was kiddie lit. Tonight it was just over 20 pages an hour but it was great. As I checked the clock every 10 pages I was tickled to find it matching up so closely to the half hour mark. And right at the end I sped up because the story really picked up. I knew I had to finish it tonight or I would lose my momentum and risk losing all the emotion that built up with every chapter. I'll share all about it in the review.

Man! I wish all Sunday's were like this one.

One more thing before I'm through, the November Bookworms Carnival is up at The Armenian Odar Reads. Check it out.


Clare said...

That's what it's like when you find a book you love, isn't it - you have to finish and yet in a way you don't want it to end.

My reading group chose that book and we all loved it - look forward to your review.

Ann Darnton said...

One of the things I want to do now that I'm semi-retired is fill the many many reading gaps that I have and American literature, other than YA, is one of them. Would Ethan Frome be a good place to start with Wharton or would you recommend anything else?

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Amber said...

I truly wish I had such wonderful Sundays. I hope you enjoyed your book; I'm afraid I've never even heard of Edith Wharton (Did she write the same Age of Innocence as the movie?). Really must check her out.

Myrthe said...

Thanks, Petunia, for spreading the word about the carnival.

Debra Hamel said...

That sounds like a perfectly idyllic Sunday. One thing I'm enjoying about the Salon is that I've been timing my reading. It's interesting to see precisely how much one can read in how much time. I'd be interested in seeing more people's stats.

Petunia said...

Clare-the more I think about the book the more I love it. I'm so glad I got to read it uninterupted.

Ann-yes, Ethan Frome would be a great start with Wharton because it's not too long but it's very moving. Madame de Treymes is also a great novella by Wharton.

Amber-that's her! House of Mirth is another of her more well known titles, though I didn't care for the movie much.

Myrthe-glad to help. Thanks for the work you put into it.

Debra-I think it helps to see what others are doing, not so much for comparison but for encouragement and comradery.

Trish said...

Sounds like a great day!