The Sunday Salon (Jan.15)

I am quite happy with the number of books I’ve read, so far, this year. We’re only going into the third week, and I’ve tucked 5 books under my belt! Whoo! I finished three of those this week! ๐Ÿ˜›

Of course, they were easy reading, for the most part. Two were young adult titles (“Shiver” and “Pretty Little Liars“), and the other was a short book of only just over 200 pages. All were decent reads, though. I enjoyed them.

I find it really interesting how my reading tastes can swing so wildly. Back in 2002, when my kids were pretty little, I read a lot of fiction. Then I went through several years where I leaned very heavily toward nonfiction; it’s almost all I read. Now, though — with working full time — I’m swinging back the other way, it seems. While I still enjoy nonfiction a lot, I tend to not really have the concentration for it. My brain doesn’t want the “work” involved. So, I’m picking up more fiction, again. Nothing wrong with this, of course. But, I’m not sure how I feel about it.

I had gotten to the point where I was using notebooks for taking notes from the nonfiction books I read. Now, though, I’m (ack!) finding it easier to underline the passages that stand out to me (I know, I know — sacriledge, right?!). Mind you, I’m using pencil, they’re my own books, and I have every intention of going back and copying all of those passages into notebooks, and then erasing the underlining so that I can enjoy the book again (afresh) when I reread it… or, someone else can enjoy it, without seeing only my underlining, if I choose to pass the book(s) on. In case you don’t believe me, I’ve already done this with one book: “The Resolution for Women” by Priscilla Shirer. It’s time-consuming, sure, but it saves my brainpower during the reading process. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In leaning more towards fiction, the upside is that I’m finally getting to some of the books I’ve long been curious about! The Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge is inspiring me to finally try some of those books that other bloggers have been raving about… ones that looked interesting to me, but I just never picked up. That’s why I finally read “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater, and “Pretty Little Liars” by Sara Shepard. Next up, I’m debating between some of my newly purchased fiction titles: “Starcrossed” by Josephine Angelini, “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore, “Kiss Crush Collide” by Christina Meredith, “Perfect Chemistry” by Simone Elkeles, or “Stay With Me” by Paul Griffin.

Of course, my new nonfiction books are still calling to me, too. They’re on my 2012 “TBR Pile Reading Challenge” list… “Evolving in Monkey Town” by Rachel Held Evans, “Creativity” by Mihaly Csikzentmihaly, or “Web Design for Dummies” by Lisa Lopuck.

And then, there are the library books. I’ve borrowed some books on graphic design, recently, and the one — “Field Guide: How to Be a Graphic Designer” byย Ana Labudovic & Nanad Vukusic — looks somewhat interesting. It’s got some helpful information in it… I was skimming through, yesterday, and it reminded me of some things I hadn’t yet thought of.

Since just before Christmas, I’ve had it in my head that I want to save up and buy myself a laptop. I’m going to use it for my graphic design work. I got some money for Christmas, so I’m already well on my way toward my goal. But then, this week, I also got it into my head that now I’d like to finally break down and buy an iPod Touch. LOL. I’ve fought and fought against this — I didn’t like that Apple was so “big”… and that they’reย very proprietary. But, now that I know so many people who have one of these iPods, and since I’ve had a chance to play with them myself… and since I’ve seen the way-cool Apps you can get for them… I’m thinking that maybe I want one, too. LOL.

So, the original thought was to save up and buy the laptop, and then start saving up to buy the iPod. But, the dilemma is that, right now, I have almost enough to buy the iPod… and I could play with it more than the laptop. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, I could get the iPod first, and then just save for the laptop… since it’ll take a while for that, anyway. Either way, one of them I won’t be able to get until October, given all goes well.

But see, that right there is the catch: “given all goes well“. What if I get the iPod first, and then lose my job in the summer? (the gal I took over for is on maternity leave, and may be back in September… meaning I may, or may not, still have a job come then; it was never said whether I’m just there ’til she gets back, or if I’ll be kept on even afterward). I want the laptop more. So, it almost makes sense to just wait and get the laptop first, then save up for the iPod. Besides… the iPod is cheaper, so if I don’t end up being able to save for it, myself, I could always maybe ask for it for Christmas, next year — or, ask people for money so I can buy it, then. ๐Ÿ˜‰

((LOL. Like how I’m using this post to make up my mind? LOL))

Anyhoo. I will probably still get the laptop first. Playing on iTunes hasn’t helped my decision any, though — I’ve found some really cool Apps that I’d like to get when I get my iPod, and found some books to download, too! LOL. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Off to go try and decide which book I want to read next. Happy Reading, everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

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