Not Quite The Sunday Salon

After I started typing this week’s Sunday Salon post it occurred to me that changing my blog address means I’m no longer officially a member of the Sunday Salon and as they’re not accepting new members at the moment I’m not able to rejoin.  However, I think I’ll still continue to do Sunday Salon posts on an informal basis – it just means they won’t show up on the official feed.

I’ve been here at WordPress for a week now and so far I’m very happy with it. Apart from a few initial problems, the move from Blogger has gone quite smoothly but if you notice anything not working properly please let me know!  One thing I love is being able to reply to comments individually as it’s still not possible to do that on Blogger (unless you install a separate commenting program such as Intense Debate).

This week I’ve been reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang. I’m slightly ashamed that it’s taken me so long to get round to reading it because I’ve been hearing about it for a long time and it has been on my Amazon wishlist literally for years. Well, better late than never. I won’t say too much about it here, except that I can’t remember ever being so gripped by a non-fiction book before.  I’m almost finished so should be posting my review soon.

I also signed up for Nymeth’s 1930s mini-challenge this week. The idea is to read books ‘from, set in, or about the 1930s’. I didn’t really want to be signing up for any more challenges because I think I’m doing enough already, but this one appealed to me as the first half of the 20th century appears to be a time period that I neglect in my reading. I usually seem to read either more recent books or pre-20th century books. At the moment I don’t know exactly what I would like to read, but as the challenge runs until July 18th I’m sure I’ll have time to read at least one 1930s book!

On Monday I found an interesting article in The Times about the portrayal of women with mental illnesses in 19th century literature – the article discusses Bertha Rochester, Anne Catherick and Emma Bovary as examples.

Finally, a reminder that my Michael T. Darkow giveaway in which you can win a copy of Our Promised Land is still open. You have until Thursday 29th April to enter – see the review and giveaway post for full details.  Winners will be announced on Friday.  Good luck!

8 thoughts on “Not Quite The Sunday Salon

  1. Nymeth says:

    I’m glad you made an exception and joined, Helen! I hope you enjoy whichever book you decide to read. And ooh, thank you for the Times article link! That’s a topic that fascinates me.

  2. Helen says:

    I also do an unofficial Sunday Salon since I started doing TSS after they closed “membership”. I remember really enjoying Wild Swans so can’t wait to hear your review!

  3. Iris says:

    I remember that I loved Wild Swans when I read it. It was years ago though. I’d like to reread it sometime and see if I appreciate it better now that I know a little more of the history of the country.

    I never posted any TSS posts, because membership is officially closed. There don’t seem to be any viable alternatives except unofficially including it in your title (but I’ve never dared to do that), so I just post my thoughts on something under a general title.

    I also joined Nymeth’s challenge, I’m curious to see what you’ll be reading!

    I’m glad wordpress is working out for you & thank you so much for the link to the article, it’s very interesting.

    • Helen (She Reads Novels) says:

      I know very little about the history of China so I’m finding Wild Swans fascinating.

      When I decided to move my blog it didn’t occur to me that I wouldn’t be a TSS member anymore! I’ll probably continue to post on a Sunday but will try to think of a different title to use.

      I’m looking forward to seeing what books people choose for the 1930s challenge too.

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