Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Sunday Salon: This and That

The first week of summer..... survived!

I didn't get much reading done during the week. My brother got married on Wednesday, and previous to that day, I was working hard on his video presentation. You know, the one where it shows him and his fiance growing up and then together. It turned out pretty good I guess, but it was nice to get it done and to stop worrying about it.

The wedding day was great, long and tiring, but great. Then after the wedding, I sort of crashed. Thursday I felt like a zombie for sure. But Friday and yesterday, I read like crazy.

Friday I read and finished Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Such a sad and scary story. It very much lets you feel what an anorexic person feels, I'm guessing anyway.

And then yesterday I finished Beach Trip by Cathy Holton. I'm on schedule for a blog tour later this month. I got very wrapped up in the story as I read yesterday and pretty much could not put it down.

And now it's Sunday, and I can start anything I want again! I'm tempted to nab Edgar Sawtelle from the treadmill, but having a great book on the treadmill really motivates one to use the thing. So I think I'm leaving it there for now. But I'm for sure loving that one so far.

Other things this week. We've got a new bookword for you all to vote on. Be sure to check that out. I caught up on some reviewing, but after yesterday, I'm behind again! The library's summer reading program started, so I'm hoping it helps to motivate the kids to keep reading. We usually don't have too much problem with that. I'm very excited to see Aprilynne Pike at the library in a couple of weeks. Oh, and we got the ball rolling on a Twitter book club this past week. During the BEATwittyParty, it was suggested and many of us thought that would be really fun. Click here on the brand new blog to learn more about it and to make nominations for our first book.

Looking ahead, this week I'll be getting ready for vacation and stressing about what to take to read. What a funny decision this is! When I know what wins, I'll let you know.

What the family is reading:

The Mr: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

Bud: Since he's now an LDS missionary for a couple of years, he'll just be reading lots and lots of church stuff!

JJ: not sure... I think last I saw, she had a pile of books on her lap and was trying to decide.

Moder: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series #5)

Toto: The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (Pendragon series #1)

P.S. Go see the movie Up! It's wonderful!


  1. Sadly my boys are still in school so no summer reading for them yet. My son read all the Riordan books last year and loved them!
    The new book club sounds like fun but I guess for me to join I would need to break down and join twitter and I am not sure I can figure that whole thing out! I hate feeling left out though...sniff,sniff...J
    Have a great week--

  2. Sounds like you've been quite busy! I am glad the wedding turned out well. They can be exhausting, can't they? Especially when you're involved with the prep work.

    I hope your husband enjoys Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein is one of my husband's favorite authors.

    Have a great week!

  3. Our school just got out on Friday, so I'll have to let you know if I survive the first week of summer vacation (or I guess if I drop out of the blogosphere you'll know I didn't make it!)

    Sounds like a busy week!! I can't wait to read your review on Wintergirls. I love Halse Anderson!

  4. Glad to see you also enjoyed Beach Trip - I'm posting my tour on the 15th. Really enjoyed the characters...terrific summer read, wasn't it?

  5. We just finished the last olympian - way cool!! And I think you should read princess ben, OR in honor of his recent passing, pawn of prophecy. :P But you already know I think those things! ;)

  6. My daughter loved the Riordan series and talked me into buying it after she read so I could read and she could permanently have books. I just finished Speak by Anderson and loved it, I'll have to pick up her others. She is very into the heads of teen girls. Amazing.

    Twitter Book Club - how will that work? Can anyone join? I've been looking for an online book club that meets and discusses in real-time versus "comments when you feel like it". Will it be more real time?

  7. Kim: Twitter is easy, nothing to figure out really. You should jump in and try it!

    Literary Feline: My husband seems to really be enjoy his book. In fact last night, I think I feel asleep before he turned of the light and stopped reading. (Usually its the other way around!)

    Stephanie: Good luck with your first week of summer!

    Wendy: I'll have to catch up on everyone's Beach Trip reviews when we get back from our trip.

    Julie: I think I'll add Pawn of Prophecy to my vacation pile!

    Bree: To be part of the Twitter book club, you'll just need to join Twitter. It's very easy. I think we decided to meet the first Friday of every other month 8 to 10 Eastern time, to discuss a particular book, and the months in between to discuss books in general. We are tying to decide on book right now, and the first one will be in August. And yes, it will be in real time, it will be just like a chat room really. Very fun. Let me know if you decide to come!

  8. Thanks for the invite Suey. It sounds exactly what I'm looking for in an online book club; however, I work 8-10pm every Friday so I still wouldn't be able to do the real time chats. Darn it.



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