The Sunday Salon [10.24.10]

What is it about fall that just makes the days fly by? I apologize for my sporadic posting and my inconsistent commenting lately. It just seems like by the time I settle down from my day, it’s 10pm and I can’t bring myself to finally get around to this blogging stuff. This week, my in laws are visiting so I don’t expect to be much better. Maybe I’ll get caught up on life in November?

For those who were following the Gatsby drama last week, he is home and doing well. He’s still recovering from a respiratory infection he picked up while at the hospital, but he seems to have recovered from whatever mystery illness sent him there. Now we have the fun task of keeping the two cats separated for awhile in our little apartment (with additional guests at the moment). Life is interesting.

(Gatsby on his first night back home – doesn’t the shaved arm make him look like he’s wearing uggs?)

I’m still finding some time to read (apparently not enough as I have to return 3 unread books to the library today which is becoming a habit), so let’s just move on to a little summary of that.

Most Recently Finished:



Currently Reading



On Deck

I’ve also added an “In the Wings” section to the sidebar so you can see what I’m thinking about reading in the near future.


(Betsy in Spite of Herself)


I started to listen to the Bill Bryson playaway and a few hours in, I realized that it was abridged so I put it down and requested the unabridged cds. I’m annoyed that it was not written clearly on the front of the box. I’m also annoyed that abridged books exist.

What are you reading this weekend?

Sunday Salon 9.12.10

The Sunday Salon.comI was feeling a little lazy this morning and almost decided against a Sunday Salon post, but then I realized that I may not have a chance to write one the next two Sundays so I better post one today. As I started writing, this post became much more about my life in general than about books. But you’ll still find a condensed reading/blogging update at the bottom.

Next weekend, my best friend from law school, Susan, is coming for a last minute visit. I haven’t seen her in over a year and she’s never seen where I live now (I actually think she’s never been to Florida). We’re going to squeeze a quick Wizarding World of Harry Potter trip in (which I promise I will actually post about this time) followed by a stop at Downtown Disney to soak up some Disney atmosphere. Then we’ll head back over here and spend the second day at the beach. I don’t think I can adequately explain how excited I am for these two days. I would give just about anything to be able to see Susan every day again. At least we have our daily emails.

A few days after Susan leaves, I’m heading up to Michigan for a long weekend for my little cousin’s wedding. I’ve got just about my entire time there planned with family and friends and I am hoping (fingers crossed people) that I get a little fall weather. I haven’t seen fall in three years and I would love to experience just a touch of that fall feeling (the crisp air, that fall smell, you know what I’m talking about). Fall was always my favorite time of the year and I really miss it living here (but ask me which place I prefer come January).

As for books, I didn’t manage to read much this week. I had a lot going on in the evenings and I spent my Saturday attending a conference and then watching Michigan’s incredible win over Notre Dame (but I am going to wait a few more weeks before joining in with those Heisman whispers surrounding Robinson). I have a feeling my reading is going to wane a little the rest of this month but sometimes you need to focus on the real world a little and that should be fun.

This week I reviewed Ape House and Mr. Peanut. I also found a nice discussion on my Reading Speed & Speed Reading post. Then I kind of disappeared.

Since I didn’t do much reading, I’m going to skip my usual Just Finished/Currently Reading section. I’m still listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on audio. My print book is Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and is enjoying their Sunday. Anyone reading anything fabulous?

The Sunday Salon 9.5.10

The Sunday Salon.comGood morning. I am enjoying my long weekend (aren’t Sundays so much better when they feel like Saturdays?) and I hope you all are having a pleasant weekend, whether long or not. I’m going to keep this short and just go through my current books this week. But first, can we take a moment to enjoy this?

Ok, on to books. I’m organizing it a bit differently this week but it’s all the same info.

Most Recently Finished:



Currently Reading



On Deck



New Additions to my TBR

I’m being really selective these days and trying not to add too many books to the list, but these two caught my eye.

Recommended by S.Krishna’s Books

Recommended by Devourer of Books

The Sunday Salon 8.29.10

Did y’all here about this little book called Mockingjay that was released this week? Well, now that it’s out and most of us have read it, we can move on and start anticipating other books. So you get an extra category this week for me to share what books those are for me.

Looking Forward To:

(1) The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – Oct 12, 2010

The Scorch Trials is the follow up to The Maze Runner. If you are missing the kind of dystopian YA where kids are placed in life-threatening situations, I recommend this series. The Maze Runner left us with a pretty decent cliffhanger/twist, so I’m more than ready to find out what happens to Thomas next.

(2) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – Sept 23, 2010

This is a new translation by Lydia Davis. Her translation of Swann’s Way received a lot of praise when it was released (I have not read it because Proust scares me) and there is a lot of buzz surrounding this one as well. Madame Bovary is one of the classics that is highest on my TBR and I can’t wait to read this translation of it.

(3) One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde – March 8, 2010

No cover yet. Here's Pickwick instead.

This is the 6th Thursday Next book and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to now. And it is released on my birthday (Ben: hint, hint, wink, wink). I love Jasper Fforde’s strange, strange mind. I may have to appease myself with his Nursery Crime series until then.

And now on to the normal stuff.

Just Finished:

(See what category it’s in? See? See?)

Currently Reading:

(I put this down for awhile for no reason and now I’m picking it back up)

Currently Listening to:


What book release are you most anticipating?

What are you reading today?

The Sunday Salon 8.15.10

The Sunday

It’s that time again. I had a pretty uneventful week so let’s jump right in to the summary.

Just Finished:


Currently Reading:

(this one may be on here for quite a few Sunday Salons)

Currently Listing To:

On Deck:

I am going to skip this one this week because every time I put something on here, I lose my desire to read it and I make myself a liar.

New Addition to TBR:

I was kind of a failure at blog reading this week, so I’ve just got this one.

New Bookish Accessories:

While Ben and I were out enjoying the tax-free holiday, we found these fabulous items:

Bed Wedge

e-Pad Portable Laptop Desk

The two items were packaged together for $50 and who am I to pass up a good deal. I do most of my blogging on the couch and because my computer (if it ever returns from the netherworld to which the ever-competent Geek Squad has sent it) is about 1000 degrees, it usually sits on a pillow on my lap anyway. This seems much more practical. And while I LOVE the big Brookstone bed wedge I got for Christmas, it’s too big to use on the couch and I’m usually left stuffing a pillow behind me for support. I’m hoping this gives my back a bit more comfort while I’m reading and blogging.

How was your week? Reading anything interesting this Sunday?

The Sunday Salon 8.8.10

The Sunday Salon.comI slept for 9 1/2 hours last night after spending the day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I woke up to a very quiet house. I have my tea and a few hours before yoga. Perfect Sunday Salon time.

Harry Potter was pretty great. I think it deserves its own post, so look for that this week, but a quick summary is: hot, crowded, still worth the trip.

I haven’t been able to read a lot this week/weekend, but I have some hopes about today. My sister-in-law, Melissa, is visiting us right now and she is among my favorite visitors. Her trips always include a lot of sitting around and reading (maybe to balance out the trip to an amusement park we always end up taking). And when she leaves, we send her home with books. I’m still thinking of which books she should take with her tomorrow. I’m on a YA kick as her pile so far includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Disreputable Histpry of Frankie Landau-Banks, and Before I Fall. She has already started and finished the third Mysterious Benedict Society.

As for me, I:

Just Finished (and by just, I mean two weeks ago):

am Currently Reading:

am Currently Listening to:

have On Deck:

and Recently added to my TBR:

Recommended by Galleysmith

Recommended by Chick Loves Lit

Recommended by Devourer of Books

Recommended by KellyVision

As I was writing this post, Melissa woke up, came out to the living room, grabbed a drink, and sat down with The Hunger Games. Best guest ever, right?

What are you reading today?

Question: do you guys like when I incorporate my TBR books into this post or do you prefer they get their own post? I’m still deciding which I like better.

The Sunday Salon: A Little Reading Update

The Sunday Salon.comPlease note: For work-related reasons, I will be putting up the construction sign this week on the blog (and protecting my twitter account as well).  I expect to keep it in hiding from Monday through Wednesday or Thursday. But I will be back  as soon as possible. I still love you all.

And now for a reading update.

Just Finished:

Currently Reading:

Currently Listening To:

Books Other Bloggers Made Me Want (yes, I’m a little behind on this one):

(via Devourer of Books)

(via Linus’ Blanket)

(via Coffee Stained Pages)

(via Live through Books)

(via Take Me Away)

(via Presenting Lenore)

(via Devourer of Books)

The Sunday Salon: Throwing a Bunch of Information at You to See What Sticks

Today will just be a grab bag of a Sunday Salon post. I’m still trying to catch up on everything. Expect more BEA/NYC recaps in the very near future. And keep your eyes peeled for some actual reviews (I know – crazy, right?). I should also probably do a May recap before too much of June elapses. In the meantime, scroll down for some various information. Happy Sunday!

That’s How I Blog

Next Tuesday, June 15, I will be on That’s How I Blog with its wonderful host, Nicole from Linus’s Blanket. I hope you will all listen in (the chat room is always fun if you listen live but you can also download it as a podcast later). I think it’s at 9pm EST but I could be wrong on the time. I’ll remind you again as it gets closer.

The reason I am reminding you today is so you still have time to read the 20-minute book club selection and join us in the discussion. My pick is Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel. I am actually still in the middle of it but I am assured it will make for a great conversation as it produces strong reactions.

Things going on in the book blogging world that may interest you

And finally, what my reading life has been like recently

Just Finished:

Currently Reading (as my very first e-book):

Currently Listening to:

On Deck:

The Sunday Salon: The Too-Excited to Do a Real Post Edition

As I hear everyone discuss how they are frantically packing for BEA and I watch people start to arrive in New York City, my excitement about this week grows. I don’t leave until Wednesday so I am not really frantically doing anything (except incessantly talking about the trip as I have been told by my husband). I’m more of a throw-clothes-in-the-suitcase-10-minutes-before-leaving -for-the-airport kind of girl, but I’m enjoying everyone else’s franticness.

The list of things I’m excited for:

  • I am thrilled to be able to finally “meet” all the wonderful bloggers I feel like I already know so well. This is what I’m most looking forward to.
  • This is my first real trip to New York City. So much to do – I’m thankfully lucky enough to have a great tour guide and hostess.
  • The abundance of books I plan on taking (or shipping) home with me.
  • The Lost finale – did I really just throw that in there? Yep.

And because this IS a Sunday Salon post, here is a little reading update:

Recently finished:

Currently reading:

Currently Listening to:

On Deck (and not ashamed to say so):