Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday Salon ~ what's up?



The Invention of Wings ~ by Sue Monk Kidd, 2014, fiction (South Carolina), 10/10
I told you about this one when I got it from the library, so click the title to read about it.  The story was inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, an abolitionist.  This isn't a review, but I rate the book 10 of 10, my highest rating.  Some of the women from my church met Saturday morning to start a book club, and I praised not only this book, but the author.  I also especially like her The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (nonfiction) and The Secret Life of Bees, her highly acclaimed novel (which I also rated 10 of 10).

The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic ~ by John Shelby Spong, 2013, religion
I'm studying this one with a clergywomen's group on Facebook, and I'm already way behind in my reading.  I should focus on one thing or the other, but I'm studying with too many groups of people!  Like the next book.

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life ~ by Karen Armstrong, 2010
The goal of this study is not to "learn about" compassion, but to PRACTICE compassion.  Karen Armstrong shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.”  She teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.

Living Buddha, Living Christ ~ by Thích Nhất Hạnh, introduction by Elaine Pagels, 1995, religion
I never finished it when I started in 2012, and now it fits in with my Monday Mindfulness posts on this blog and with my study of compassion with Book Buddies during all of 2014 (as I mentioned above).  I'll probably quote from this book a time or two, possibly even tomorrow.

I'm "working on" a couple of challenges, sort of.  The main reason I even signed up was curiosity about letters and numbers.  Neither of them will make me read more books, and I only occasionally think to update my lists.

The 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge is to read one book with a title starting with each letter of the alphabet.  I imagine some letters may be harder to find than others, but I've already got 8 of the 26 letters.

I've been doing A Century of Books since the beginning of 2012.  Since there didn't seem to be any ending date, I'll keep adding to my list until I've read a book for every year.  Obviously, I'm reading more from this century than the last, so I decided to have two lists and include two centuries:
20th century (1900-1999) ~ I've read 18/100
21st century (2000-2014) ~ I've read 14/15


I mentioned above that I am helping to start a book club with other women of my church.  The only problem is that I'm planning to move.  I met with them yesterday anyway, discussed books the group might read, and shared ideas about what to name the group.  Two possibilities that came up were Bookworms and Mind Benders.  Do you like either of those?  What does your discussion group call itself?

From The Sunday Salon's original website:

"Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together — at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones — and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs."


Helen's Book Blog said...

There's so much going on in this post! But the thing that strikes me most is that you're moving! When are you moving and where are you going? Is it a big move? Is Donna also moving? I hope the planning is going well.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I'm moving to St. Louis, which is Donna's hometown. We have found a high-rise for seniors, within a block of a grocery store and (next to that) a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Unlike our 2-bedroom/2-bath apartment here, we'll each have a one-bedroom apartment. Two library branches are within a couple of miles, and Donna used to work at one of them. (Maybe she'll apply to work there again.) Donna's last day of work is Thursday, and she starts her new job there on the 22nd. So she'll stay at her sister's until an apartment opens on the waiting list. It may be a few weeks before a second apartment (for me) opens up.