The Sunday Salon – April 25, 2010 (a challenge update + latest reading)

The Sunday

I can mark two more challenges off my sidebar, but, admittedly, they were ones that I knew would be fairly easy to finish.


I committed to reading 30 essays during 2010.

1. through 14. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby – completed 2/7/2010
15. through 26. At Small and At Large: Familiar Essays by Anne Fadiman – completed 2/14/2010
27. through 43. Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon – completed 3/28/2010
44. through 59. Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood by Jane Yolen – completed 4/20/2010

Challenge host: Literary Escapism

I committed to read at least 25 new authors during 2010.

1. John Green – Paper Towns – completed 01/09/2010
2. Jim Butcher – Storm Front – completed 01/18/2010
3. Robin Antalek – The Summer We Fell Apart – completed 01/25/2010
4. Helen Stringer – Spellbinder – completed 2/1/2010
5. Claudia Mair Burney – Wounded: A Love Story – completed 2/4/2010
6. Jamie Ford – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – completed 2/7/2010
7. Oscar Wilde – The Importance of Being Earnest – completed 2/14/2010
8. Chris Crutcher – King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography – completed 2/15/2010
9. Pam Jenoff – Almost Home – completed 2/16/2010
10. Pam Bachorz – Candor – completed 2/17/2010
11. Lynn Cullen – The Creation of Eve – completed 2/27/2010
12. L.J. Adlington – The Diary of Pelly D – completed 2/27/2010
13. Elizabeth Berg – The Year of Pleasures – completed 2/28/2010
14. Libba Bray – Going Bovine – completed 3/4/2010
15. Alex Flinn – Beastly – completed 3/9/2010
16. Ted Kooser – Delights and Shadows: Poems – completed 3/12/2010
17. Malena Watrous – If You Follow Me – completed 3/14/2010
18. Andrew Clements – We the Children: Keepers of the School, Book 1 – completed 3/15/2010
19. Thomas Mullen – The Last Town on Earth – completed 3/24/2010
20. Michael Chabon – Maps and Legends – completed 3/28/2010
21. Tatjana Soli – The Lotus Eaters – completed 3/30/2010
22. David Petersen – Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 – completed 3/30/2010
23. Lauren Kate – Fallen – completed 4/3/2010
24. Beth Kephart – Undercover – completed 4/9/2010
25. Carol Lynch Williams – The Chosen One – completed 4/13/2010
26. Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells – completed 4/19/2010
27. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why – completed 4/23/2010

You can find links to reviews for many of these titles by clicking on the Reviews by Title page.

I finished two amazing books this past week: Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie, & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood by Jane Yolen and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Reviews will come – I read the Yolen with Vasilly and Kelly and we will be discussing it in the upcoming days and then posting our discussion.

Today, I will be reading from Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Far From the Land: An Irish Memoir by Thomas Rice, and When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense by Robert Jeffress.

What are you reading today?

Bookish posts from this past week:

~ Book Review: Guernica by Dave Boling
~ Book Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
~ Book Review: Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

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13 Responses to The Sunday Salon – April 25, 2010 (a challenge update + latest reading)

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Doesn’t it feel good to mark a couple off your list? I really need to focus on a couple of mine that I’ve been ignoring. That list of books for the new authors challenge is excellent!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: More Connie May! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – me, too – I really need to concentrate on the Ireland one, since I’m hosting it!

  2. Michelle says:

    Congratulations on your successful completion of challenges! Looks like you have alot of good books going right now 🙂
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Susan Beth Pfeffer – Life As We Knew It =-.

  3. Harvee says:

    Just love it when book bloggers finish a ton of books and have more to read. Makes me feel I’m in good company. Enjoly all the books! Here’s my Sunday Salon
    .-= Harvee´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Catch Up =-.

  4. Way to go! The new author challenge isn’t that easy.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – I thought that would be the case, but have been reading a lot of new authors this year without consciously trying. It’s nice to find new authors who are so talented that you can’t wait to read the rest of their work.

  5. Alyce
    Twitter: athomewithbooks

    Congrats on finishing two challenges! That reminds me that I need to update my challenge pages with links to reviews I’ve written. I get so behind on doing that. 🙂
    .-= Alyce´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon – April 25 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Alyce – I should do that too – link all my reviews – but those kinds of blog-keeping chores take so much time!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Thirteen Reasons Why is a pretty engaging read. Can’t wait to read your review.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Sunday Salon =-.

  7. Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit

    I decided to increase my # in the new authors challenge to 50 because I seemed to be reading new authors a lot!
    .-= Serena´s last blog ..The Physiological Impact of Poetry by Melanie Kindrachuk =-.