Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Sunday Salon

Good Sunday Afternoon! I'm slowly coming back from my break. Last Sunday my husband and I rode in the Chicagoland Ride for Kids on our motorcycle. This ride benefits The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and has become one of our favorite rides. We rode 140 miles roundtrip which is nothing when you think about what these kids and their families are going through.

This week I managed to finish The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells for bookclub and was less than thrilled with it. I felt there was no emotion in the story. I am amazed that she came through her childhood so well. I will have a review up this week.

I have about 50 pages left of The Questory of Root Karbunkulus which was sent to me by Pump Up Your Book Promotion. I have to finish it today and get my review posted. I am so behind.

On top of having a mounting tbr pile I threw my back out today and this is the first time I have gotten up. I have been doing way too much! The worst part is when I am in so much pain I cannot concentrate on reading. I am not traveling this week so I will be able to get some reading and reviewing done! Yeah, it's about time!

I hope everyone has a great reading week!


Literary Feline said...

Ouch! I hope your back pain goes away soon. I imagine finding a position to be comfortable in is rather difficult.

I think it's great that you participate in the Chicagoland Ride for Kids. It sounds like a great way to spend a day and a worthwhile cause.

I hope you have a good week.

The Bookworm said...

Thats awesome that you and hubby ride for such a great cause.
I'm interested in reading your review for The Glass Castle.

hope your back feels better!

My Journey Through Reading... said...

Thanks ladies. I had surgery on a herniated disc a year and a half ago and I do feel much better but I did way too much this past week and it just gave out. Not fun but I hope to be back on my feet tomorrow to go to work!

Liviania said...

Don't remind me about TBR piles!

Susan said...

What a fun way to contribute to a great cause. Sorry about your back - those kind of injuries are never fun :(

I read The Questory of Root Karbunkulus not very long ago. I had mixed feelings - I'll be interested to read your review.

Irish said...

sorry to hear about your back! I hope that you are pain free in no time!

For the Wii...I highly recommend Mario Galaxy. I've been playing it almost constantly since getting it on Wed. Love it! Today I bought a Zelda game and Mario Kart...but haven't cracked them open yet. But I've heard good things about each...and with Mario and can you go wrong?

Kathleen Gilligan said...

Yikes, hope your back feels better soon :)

Laurie said...

I'll definitely be checking back for your Glass Castle review- that's up next on my TBR pile.

Kathy W said...

Sorry to hear about you hurting your back. Sounds like you had a nice time on your bike trip. I have never been on a motorcycle.

Laurie said...

Ugh! I hope your back feels better soon!

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