Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Spring Break Report

First of all, congratulations to all the recent read-a-thoners! It sounds like everyone had a blast and read a lot and totally enjoyed the day/night. I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that next time will work for me. Maybe if it doesn't, I'll modify and make it work somehow.

Anyway, this past week was spring break for us around here. Even though it snowed like crazy for a couple of those days.... and rained for most of the rest. We usually take off and head out of town, but this time we couldn't because, as I mentioned in a previous post... we had Wicked tickets! Also, we couldn't leave because we have a college kid and of course, his spring break didn't match up with the other kids' break. So... we stuck around.

Besides seeing Wicked, (which was awesome of course!) we saw many movies. Seven Pounds, (which I really enjoyed, though it's quite emotionally painful) , Yes Man (which I liked parts of, including the premise of not being afraid of life, but there was also too much crudeness for me), The Hannah Montana Movie (which was surprisingly enjoyable!) and 17 Again (which made me laugh a lot, but was oddly depressing for me too.)

We also pretended to be tourists in our own city and went site seeing. That's always a fun thing to do. But I was bugged that we forgot the camera! Not a very touristy thing to do.

Other events of the week: we made a cool castle cake to answer a prom invite, bought the prom dress, went to a wedding shower, ate out too many times, trashed the house, cleaned the house, went camping (the scouts in the family anyway), and listened to lots of music!

So, this is all to say that not much reading as been going on around here. BUT, I did start The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, because it's on my Awards Challenge list, and that's the challenge that seems to get most neglected, so I decided to show it some attention.

My first impression (now about 150 pages in) is that it's a strange, but interesting one! Basically a look back on a family history, with some interesting storytelling mixed in between. Anyway, I don't think it will take me long to get through it.

What the family is reading:

The Mr.: finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and enjoyed it a lot... I think. Now he's just reading his latest school text book.

Bud: STILL working on The Eye of the World.

JJ: Has gone through several books lately. I made her read The Hunger Games, which she downed in a day. Also read Let It Snow, and is now reading some Anita Stansfield book.

Moder: Is working on Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson. His comment so far: "It's way funnier than I thought it would be."

Toto: Recently finished The Westing Game, and has now moved on to 39 Clues.

Oh, and what is Jason Castro reading? Well, thanks to his Twittering, I know that he's been working on The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho.


  1. The Blind Assassin really doesn't take that long to read despite being such a long book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    And I really hope you can do the read-a-thon next time!

  2. Nymeth: I was just looking at the readathon sight, seeing all the stuff I missed. Wow, you guys were busy! You did Dewey proud I'm sure! :)

  3. The Blind Assassin took me for-e-ver to read. I wasn't a huge fan. Parts were ok, but overall, it was meh for me.

    I'm just getting ready to start The Hunger Games, after I pick up my son at the movies from 17 Again.

  4. Wow, you had a busy week! Yes, playing tourist in your own city can be lots of fun. I keep trying to remind myself to take the camera with me whenever I go out, but I almost always forget – even though it's a very tiny fit-in-your-pocket size apparatus!

  5. What a great week you guys had! I didn't realize you had kids so old! Prom dresses...ahhh...those were the days. My only daughter is married and getting ready to be a mommy!
    Margaret Atwood certainly writes some interesting stuff--I need to be in the mood to read her. The readathon was great--nymetn, trish and hannah did Dewey very proud!
    Have a great evening--

  6. Raidergirl: Hopefully it won't take me forever! And I envy you reading The Hunger Games for the first time! Oh, and you'll have to ask your son if he enjoyed all Zac Efron induced sighs from all the girls in the 17 Again audience...

    Jlshall: Sometimes it makes me so crazy that we've forgotten the camra that I forget to enjoy the moment.

    Kim: Yes, I've got "old" kids. 19 down to 10.

  7. We saw Wicked in December and loved it too! Sounds like your 'staycation' was a lot of fun.

    I would LOVe to hear The Mr.'s impression of Snow Flower! It's such a woman's book. My 11 yr old finished The Westing Game (recommended by her teacher) a couple of weeks ago. She liked it and thought Turtle was a cool name!

  8. Thank you SO much for your kind and encouraging comments regarding the readathon. I sure hope it works out for you to participate in October!!

    I purchased the Blind Assassin a couple of months ago for about $2.00 at the used bookstore. I am very anxious to read your review.

    Also...did I read on Twitter that you past the 1000 page marker in War and Peace?! What an accomplishment!!!



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