The Sunday Salon – November 15, 2009 (The “bookish-links-for-Saturday-on-Sunday” edition)

The Sunday

I really intended to have my links post up yesterday, but it’s been a crazy week. Thursday night, I sang at a community memorial service. Friday night, we had a houseful of boys sleeping over to celebrate Josiah’s 8th birthday. My youngest is now 8! Hard to believe. Anyway, it was a crazy night and then I was fried all day Saturday and didn’t feel like doing much of anything, including blogging. And in the midst of this, I’m supposed to be writing for NaNoWriMo, but I haven’t been and now I’m behind. Hoping to catch up in the next few days, but we’ll see.


Author links:

~ Kathy at Bermudaonion has an interview with Bruce Foster, the paper engineer who made Chuck Fischer’s book Angels pop-up. There’s also a chance to win the book!

Discussion starters:

~ Debbie asks for your thoughts on book giveaways.

~ Michelle at GalleySmith asks: YA Literature: Fluff or Not?

~ Jackie at Farm Lane Books asks: What Persuades You to Buy a Book?

~ Tasha’s a bit ticked off about a documentary that labeled Jane Austen as a masculine writer. Seems some people need to make Jane seem less feminine in order for her to be taken seriously. I had the same reaction as Tasha.

Reviews that have me adding to my to-read list:

~ Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, reviewed by Swapna at S. Krishna’s Books.

~ Liar by Justine Larbalestier, reviewed by Heather at Book Addiction and Jen at Devourer of Books.

~ The Finest Type of English Womanhood by Rachel Heath, reviewed by FleurFisher.

~ The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson, reviewed by Amy at My Friend Amy.

~ Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell, reviewed by Jenny Loves to Read.

~ How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson, reviewed by Lenore at Presenting Lenore.

Reading challenges:

~ Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea is hosting the 2010 Reading From My Shelves Project.

~ Laura at Laura’s Reviews is hosting the All About the Brontes Challenge 2010.


~ Win Kissing Games of the World by Sandi Kahn Shelton at Mis(h)takes, Jo-Jo Loves to Read, and At Home With Books.

~ Marg at Reading Adventures is having a giveaway in honor of her 4th Blogiversary!

~ In honor of reaching 1,000 followers, Kristi at The Story Siren is giving away $40 to spend on books at either The Book Depository or your indie bookseller of choice.

~ Win After You by Julie Buxbaum at Peeking Between the Pages.

~ There’s still time to enter to win The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay.

Other bookish links:

~ The top 20 most annoying book reviewer cliches and how to use them all in one meaningless review. I’m sure I’ve used every single one of these at one time or another. 🙂

~ 100 Awesome Open Courses for Bibliophiles.

Other non-bookish, but still fun, links:

~ Taylor Swift hosted SNL and starred in “Firelight,” a funny Twilight spoof.

~ An Dochas: Rise is the CD my husband got me for my birthday. If you like Celtic and/or World Music, click on the link to listen to the samples – they’re brilliant.

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18 Responses to The Sunday Salon – November 15, 2009 (The “bookish-links-for-Saturday-on-Sunday” edition)

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I’ve read several reviews of the Adoration of Jenna Fox and I’m getting anxious to read it. People are GUSHING over it. When I read several reviews of this nature, I can barely help myself.

    I here you on the insane schedule thing. I don’t think I was in my house more than an hour from Friday until today.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Dude, Where’s My Book? =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I know – only my library doesn’t have it! I think I have a gift card coming from Amazon Affiliates soon, though…

  2. Kathy says:

    I’m so glad we’re past the sleepover stage! I never got any sleep when our son had them and I don’t do sleep deprived very well. Thanks for linking to my interview/giveaway.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: A Christmas Ride =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – one more before the year is out – my daughter turns 13 in December. Then we’ll e done with birthday sleepovers until next June. Whew!

  3. Great set of links! I second the endorsement of Kathy’s interview with the paper engineer of Angels. What a fascinating job!

    I too have used every one of those annoying book reviewer cliches. And if we found other words, pretty soon those too would be listed!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Sunday Salon – Review of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” by Stieg Larsson =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Rhapsody – I agree! I’m sure I’ll continue to use some of those words – just hopefully not all in the same review!

  4. Happy Birthday to Josiah. Love his name, btw.

    I relly like reading your Sunday Salon posts. I love how you mix in a variety of interest areas.

    The top 20 most annoying book reviewer cliches was good. I am guilty of using sevearl of the cliches. I am thinking that using them here and there is not bad it is just the overuse. Something to keep in mind and besides, it is one person’s opinoin.
    The 100 awesome open courses looks interesting. I am going to look into this further.

    Thanks for sharing your discoveries.
    .-= Deanna/ibeeeg´s last blog ..The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Deanna – I’m definitely saving the list of open courses for when the holiday season is over!

  5. You’ve come to my rescue again with your links, Carrie. Thank you. I am guilty of using a number of those cliches too, I’m afraid.

    Thank you for the sampling of the CD. It really does sound good!

    I hope you have a great week, Carrie!

  6. Natalie says:

    Awesome links, thanks so much! Hope your week goes well,
    Natalie :0)
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..The Book Of Samuel: A Novel by Erik Raschke =-.

  7. heidenkind says:

    Thanks for the mention! I enjoyed bermudaonion’s interview with the creator of Angels, too. 🙂 And the article on reviewer cliches made me want to hang my head in shame…
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..The Divine Jane =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Tasha – I figure they became cliches because they are words that make sense to use when describing good books. 🙂

  8. Kailana says:

    Lots of things going on in the blogsphere! The Adoration of Jenna Fox is really good! I read it earlier this year and recommend it.
    .-= Kailana´s last blog ..Week in Review and Sunday Book Coveting =-.

  9. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK

    Thanks for the Bronte Reading Challenge link, I’m in!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Buy Books for the Holidays – What a Great Idea! =-.