Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Salon: Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me!

Le Poisson d'Avril
Yes, it's my birthday. No, I'm not joking. (That question gets old by the time you've reached your seventh April Fool's Day birthday.)

I'm spending the day traveling, as it looks like (cross your fingers, everyone!) that I just may have a real job. It was just a few Sundays ago that I was flying from Florida to New York, and now I'm reversing the journey.

As much as I love New York and would love to be here full time, I love Florida and cannot pass up a job opportunity. I had joked that all I wanted for my birthday was a job, and it looks like that may have actually happened :-) It's not totally official yet, but hopefully I'll have some more concrete news in a few weeks. (Long story).

Needless to say, this month has been a bit overwhelming. I did manage to do some reading, but not too much. I only read 4 books. Four! That's the lowest number since I started keeping track in January of last year. I also read 4 books that month, but that number included Bleak House, which probably had as many pages by itself as the total of this month's reading.

My March reading breakdown:
4 books total
2 fiction                50%
2 nonfiction          50%
2 female authors  50%
0 translated           0%

I think this is the first month I didn't complete any works in translation. I am reading The Book of the City of Ladies, originally written in Middle French, in 1405. I thought I'd be done with this one by now, but I'm not. That puts me a bit behind on the Year of Feminist Classics, but I did read enough to participate a bit in the monthly discussion.

In April I'd like to finish two books I've had in the works for quite awhile, Maps and Midnight's Children. Maybe get one or two finished for the Back to the Classics Challenge (finish City of Ladies, and read The Rover, perhaps). Other than that, I think I'll wander my way around my unread books, and maybe make a visit or two to the library.

Happy April, everyone!


Rayna said...

Happy Birthday!

Good luck with the job, too!

stujallen said...

happy birthday ,all the best stu

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ah, happy birthday, and must have gotten a lot of flack about this over the years.

Enjoy your day and your reading week!


(Female) Opinionated Reader said...

Ah, are you reading Christine de Pizan? I remember reading her for a history class I took at university. Fabulous book and completely ahead of its time. The irony is that Pizan was probably doing a Louisia Alcott May: writing the book for money. I may check out the 'Year of Feminist Classics'; it sounds right up my street.

Congratulations on the job! I completely empathise with your situation. It took me a year to get a 'real' job after graduation. Best of luck to you :)

The Intrepid Angeleno said...

I'm a bit late but wish you a happy belated birthday and congrats on the job!