The Sunday Salon [2.13.10]

The Sunday
Happy Sunday, everyone. We are having a quiet weekend over here. Ben isn’t feeling too great so there is a lot of reading and tv-watching going on in our house.

On Friday night, I started and finished Lisa Schroeder’s new book, The Day Before, which comes out in June. Since you have to wait until then to read my review, I just wanted to tell you now that I loved it. Schroeder is so talented at what she does: writing YA novels in verse. I know the style won’t be for everyone but I encourage you all to give her books a shot.

Yesterday we reorganized and rearranged the guest room. It looks so pretty that I kind of want to hang out in there. I am getting very excited for my first guests of the season in a couple weeks. One of the perks of living in Florida is that you get to entertain your friends and family from up north when they need to thaw out for a few days.

Other than that I’ve just been relaxing. I went for a 4 mile run yesterday and it is my farthest distance yet but I kind of feel like I’m cheating when I say that because my training program has me walk part of my runs. I may have to deviate from this when it gets closer to race day.

Don’t you just love commitment-free weekends? Let me leave you with what I am reading right now (and yes, I am actually reading Great House this time):

The Sunday Salon [11.21.10]

The Sunday
Just a quick note to say hello this Sunday. I haven’t had a chance to read at all this week (other than a tiny bit of my audiobook while running) and I’m actually not reading anything right now and haven’t had “a book” since last weekend. This is why I will happily be participating in the Thankfully Reading weekend this Thanksgiving.

Thankfully Reading is a very informal readathon.  I’ll be visiting my dad in Boston but I’m hoping to get a few books read while I’m away. I’m trying to travel light so I’m only taking one print book with me (for takeoffs and landings) and I’ll be attempting to get to some of the ebooks  I’ve been saving up.

I hope you hear from me at some point this week (seriously, when is life going to get less crazy again?) but if I do not end up posting anything (and let’s be honest, that’s more likely) I want to wish all of my US readers a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy Reading!

The Sunday Salon: The Post-Readathon Edition

The Sunday

Good morning everyone! Have I mentioned how much I love waking up to open windows and fresh air? Love that we have some cooler nights now.

Congratulations to all the Readathon participants: readers, cheerleaders  (I heart the cheerleaders), and organizers. I hope everyone had a blast as usual.

How did I do? Well, I kind of failed at the readathon this time around. My heart just wasn’t in it. I finished two books, but I could probably do that on any lazy Saturday if I really wanted. I only gave you one update, didn’t participate in any mini-challenges, and didn’t really cheer that much at all. But, as usual, I had still had a lot of fun.

My day went something like this:

  • Start reading at 8am for an hour.
  • Half hour break.
  • Read for an hour.
  • Half hour break.
  • Read off and on until 2pm when I finish Paranormalcy.
  • Go to the grocery store for snacks and dinner.
  • Sit anxiously on the couch awaiting the start of the Michigan game.
  • Attempt to start a new book but unable to really get into it because of the Michigan game.
  • Take an incredibly long break to watch the Michigan game.
  • Grow more and more depressed as my team collapses and eventually loses to it’s second-biggest rival for the third year in a row.
  • Too devastated by first loss of the season to read.
  • Beer.
  • Calm down enough to read a little.
  • Still restless so read in the bath to calm down further.
  • Read the saddest thing ever while taking the bath and end up sobbing uncontrollably.
  • Continue to read while watching a little hockey and baseball.
  • Finally finish Hurt Go Happy around midnight.
  • Put on audiobook while going to bed.
  • Fall asleep in less than 5 minutes.
  • Wake up at 7:53 to congratulate those who did not sleep through 1/3 of the event.

See what I mean? I’m a bit of a Readathon failure. But it’s ok. I went into it expecting to have a more relaxed day than normal. And now I have two library books that I don’t have to return unread.

Today, I am hoping to write some reviews, start Never Let Me Go, get various things done around the house., and maybe catch a movie. As I am well-rested, that should be possible. Any fun post-readathon plans for you?

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 8.22.2010 – Comfort Reads and a Surprise

The Sunday

I didn’t actually get that much reading done this week so if I did my normal Sunday Salon, it would look much like last week’s. Instead, I wanted to focus on one of my books specifically.


But first, I must share with you the Wonderful Thing I received in the mail yesterday. A few days ago, I got an email from Michelle of Le Mei Muse, telling me that she found something at Goodwill for $0.75 and bought it with me in mind and that she’d send it to me if I liked. Naturally, I immediately wanted whatever it was more than anything else in the world. So I waited a few days until this showed up:

I LOVE it! The little “Reading is Sexy” mug has become my internet presence and now I can take it out into the real world (plus, Rory wore this shirt on an episode of Gilmore Girls).

So thank you, thank you, thank you, Michelle. I love it. I want to wear it immediately. Also, you should all be following Michelle’s blog – she’s hilarious and artsy and just a joy to know.


Ok, on to the discussion.

For the past few weeks, I have been listening to the Harry Potter series. It’s my first time through the audio but certainly not my first time through the series. I find myself drawn to reread these books every few years. In fact, I am currently listening to Prisoner of Azkaban, and I would bet that I’ve probably read this book at least 5 times previously (it’s my favorite so I think I’ve read it more than any other).

Harry Potter makes me feel happy. I love being back in this world that I now know so well. I miss the characters when I’m away too long. Harry Potter is officially my newest “comfort read.” I read it when I want something I know, something I love. But Harry Potter is simply the newest in a long line of comfort reads.

The first comfort read I can remember is Charlotte’s Web. I used to read it when I was sad (of course, it made me cry, but I think I find that’s true with a lot of my comfort reads). I would flip to my favorite parts and lose myself in the story of Wilbur and Fern. At a very young age, I understood the need for a comfort read. I even managed to salvage the tattered copy from my childhood.

When I got a little older, that book because Little Women. A few years ago, when I was rereading it, my mom caught a glance of it in my bag and asked, “how many times have you read that book?” I couldn’t answer that question other than saying “a lot.” When I read Little Women, I felt like a part of the March family. And sometimes that’s what I needed – to escape into their story for awhile and leave real life behind.

When I was a little older still, my comfort read became The Starlight Crystal by Christoper Pike. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book either but it’s probably even more than Little Women. I have such fond memories of rereading this book that I’m afraid to read it again for fear that it won’t be very good (what I call The Last Unicorn effect). But even if it isn’t, it helped me through some of those early teen angst-filled years and that is the most important thing.

After that, I don’t think I had a comfort read for awhile. I was at a stage in my life when I turned to my friends or movies or music when I needed to escape and not to books. I was still reading, but I don’t remember going back to a specific book over and over again.

I’m sure there were more along the way, but those are my comfort reads that stand out. They are the books I have opened time and time again because of their familiarity.

What are/were your comfort reads?

TSS – Books: July [Recap]

Remember when I said I would read a ton of books this summer while Ben was away at school? Well, that didn’t quite happen. Somehow, I ended up being busier on my own than I am when he’s here. I went out of town twice, I saw many of my friends, I got the all clear from PT and took up yoga and dance again, and I read ONE more book in July than I usually do. But, I had a fantastic summer and I wouldn’t change a thing, Even for more reading.

So here they are, my the seven books I finished in July (sorry, no fancy collage today – my computer is being held hostage by the Geek Squad for a few weeks and I’m doing everything from web uploads). Perhaps I will review them someday (for the two I did manage to review, click on the hyperlinked title to read)

1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (audio)

2. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

4. Finny by Justin Kramon

5. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury by LJ Smith

6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (audio)

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Audiobook Week Is Here! [TSS]

Well technically it starts tomorrow, but I’m too excited about it to wait until the official date to tell you how excited about it I am. Audiobook Week is a little (and by little I mean huge) thing Jen from Devourer of Books put together. You can read more about how you can get involved here.

What can you expect from me? Well I’ll be trying really hard to win one of the 39 items Jen has to giveaway so you can expect:

  • My review of Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
  • My review of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
  • Why I Love Audiobooks Post
  • *fingers crossed* for a post with Jennifer from The Literate Housewife

And I am doing all of this despite currently being out of town. Impressed? Yeah, I thought so.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday (and a happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there). And I hope everyone participates in Audiobook Week.