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The Sunday Salon: ‘Tis the Season

Sunday Salon

I woke up this morning and stumbled to the front door to get the paper. It took all of 5 minutes for the kids to come tearing down the stairs to check out the Christmas circulars that are already appearing everywhere. I now have two wish lists in my hands. I’m not sure I’m ready for it all. This is my favorite time of the year but work furloughs have really put a stop to my spending. I’m getting a bit anxious over finances and with each addition to the wish list, my heart beats a little bit faster. It’s a tad stressful.

That said, I am just now out of the shower and trying to put my day together. Most of the morning has been spent helping with homework and tidying up. After I make myself presentable, I may just plop down and read. What to read though? I just finished Saving Sammy which I will be reviewing later this month for a book tour. I just started New Moon. I am seeing the movie Thanksgiving weekend so I’d like to get the book read before then. Then there is my book club pick for December, The Turn of the Screw. To be honest, it’s not doing it for me.  I just got The Things that Keep Us Here which looks really, really good but it doesn’t officially come out until February so I want to read/review it closer to its release date. I also have Her Fearful Symmetry which I keep forgetting about. Perhaps I will start that.

Yesterday I posted another Confessions of a Reader post in which I confess to being a cover snob. I may make these a monthly feature instead of a weekly feature. I’m still kicking it around in my head and will decide within the next day or so. Yesterday I also created a button for Moby Dick Monday where I, and a few other bloggers will be reading Moby Dick together. We are reading 4 pages a day and then posting updates each Monday. I will post a kick-off post on Monday, November 16th. If you want to join in on the fun, let me know. For those that have already decided to do it with me, I’ll send you the button within the next day or so.

Right now I have a roast in the crock-pot and I’ll serve it with garlic mashed potatoes and braised carrots.It smells really good.

This week I am looking forward to participating in the Green Books Campaign. I’ll be reviewing a cookbook and including a recipe for you to try. Should be fun!

What are you doing today?

Confessions of a Reader: I’m a Cover Snob

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It’s time for Confessions of a Reader! You can read more about the idea here, but here it is in a nutshell:

  1. Whenever you have something you want to share, just spill it (you know you want to). Just create a post of your own, grab the button thingy above and then post a comment with the link to your post.
  2. I will be here every Saturday, but you need not commit to a weekly post. Post when you have something to share.
  3. Posts can be rants about something you are reading, or a deep, dark secret. All I ask is that the post relates to reading or blog reading in some way. If you want to piggy-back off of what I post, then that’s okay too.
  4. Posts can be as short or as long as you like and can include more than one topic.
  5. The goal is to get to know one another better.

Here’s mine: 

I’m a cover snob. 

I know many readers are like this and that I am not alone. However, if I see another reader with a book that happens to have a questionable cover (in my eyes), then I immediately think that they are not ‘true’ readers. My main issue is with Chick Lit. The bright pinks, the shoes, the lipstick and shopping bags. I inwardly groan when I see covers like this. I also take issue with some of the Fantasy covers I’ve seen. They sort of look like my kid drew them. Gargoyle-like creatures, bad composition, use of color, etc. Oh, and this has nothing to do with content! I realize that there could be a well-written story underneath that cover but if the cover does not strike me, I tend to turn a blind eye to it. 

A few months ago I read a post on this very subject and I said in my comments that I would never think negatively about a reader if he/she possessed a book with questionable cover. At the time, I truly believed what I wrote,  but I was in denial. I do judge a reader by the cover of the book they are reading. The other thing that doesn’t help is that I am nosey! I like to check out what others are reading and sometimes I have to really control my facial expressions when they make eye contact with  me. 

I realize that this is not a positive trait that I possess and that most of these posts deal with my faults but hey, I’m human and part of thinking differently about this begins with me acknowledging my faults. The funny thing is…if any of you handed me a book and asked me to read it, I totally would regardless of the cover. I guess this feeling of mine only occurs with strangers. First impressions and all that. 

If you’d like to include your own confession, just share the link to your post.  Or, if you aren’t quite ready to post your own confession then comments are fine too.