The Sunday Salon – February 27, 2011 (the “it’s Oscar time!” edition)

Happy Oscars Day! I am so excited to watch the Oscars with my folks this evening. Kevin couldn’t care less, so Natalie and I will head to Mom and Dad’s so we can dish over the gowns, cheer on our favorites (go Colin Firth!), and be entertained by the hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Are you planning to watch? Which movies, actors, and actresses are you rooting for?

Earlier this week, I finished Lauren Oliver’s Delirium – review to come. For now, I’ll just say that I enjoyed it very much, but that it didn’t have the mind-blowing brilliance of her first novel, Before I Fall.

I will have some reading time in the morning today, so I will be reading my daily chapter of Villette (I am still participating in the read-along, but haven’t had time to do the weekly posts.). I will also be dipping into Inkdeath and Tana French’s Faithful Place. I’m trying to get a head start on that one, as I’m hosting the read-along, so I have to do the weekly posts!

On audio, I am currently listening to The Angel’s Game by Carols Ruiz Zafon and Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.

If you’re planning to read today, what books will you be spending time with?

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32 Responses to The Sunday Salon – February 27, 2011 (the “it’s Oscar time!” edition)

  1. Misha Mathew says:

    I hope Colin Firth and Natalie Portman win the Oscars.
    I am looking forward to your thoughts on Delirium; I’ve heard so much about it. Currently, I am reading Middlemarch by George Eliot and Affinity by Sarah Waters.
    Misha Mathew´s last post ..Review- Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I don’t plan to watch the Oscars, but I’ve seen 7 out of the 10 movies nominated, which is probably a first for me. We’re going to head to an author event and I’ll try to squeeze in enough reading time to finish The Long Road Home by Mary Alice Monroe.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – I’ve only seen three of the films that were nominated, though I’m going to see The King’s Speech tonight!

  3. Rebecca Rasmussen

    Oh the Oscars! Glad you’re going where dishing over gowns is the norm! My husband could care less too, that’s why I enlist my mother each year! :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Rebecca – there were some gorgeous gowns last night – and some real duds. (Kate Blachett, I’m talking to you!)

  4. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn

    I’m not planning on watching the Oscars, but am planning on stopping by a friend’s blog who is “live blogging” the event. It ought to be fun to see what he and some other bloggers who are joining him think.
    unfinishedperson´s last post ..A retrospective on my reading this past week and for February TSS

  5. Elisabeth says:

    Might take a peek at the Oscars, generally don’t watch them. Right now I am reading U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton and War and Peace for the year read along!

  6. Kailana says:

    I have plans tonight so I think I am going to miss the Oscars this year. A bit disappointing, so hopefully the plans will be fun!
    Kailana´s last post ..I Bought Books

  7. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422

    I love movies, I even sort of love awards, but I really hate speeches. Maybe if I fast forward through the speeches I could finally enjoy the Oscars. :)
    Trisha´s last post ..Sunday Salon- Recombobulating

  8. Lisa Munley says:

    I’ll be watching!!! Can’t wait! I think Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be terrific. I’ve really enjoyed all the promos leading up to it. We (kids and me) love the clothes and seeing all the red carpet action- the hub could care less. This year I only saw four of the nominated movies: The Fighter, True Grit, The Social Network, and Toy Story 3. I have deep love for The Fighter!! I am so routing for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Also loved the little girl in True Grit (can’t think of her name). Anyway, looking forward to the awards! Have fun tonight!
    Lisa Munley´s last post ..The Sunday Salon – February 27- 2011

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Lisa – I loved the Franco/Hathaway promos, too, and really thought they would be terrific, but I think Franco was kind of a dud. He seemed really mellow, no energy. I think they should have Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman host next year!

  9. Sheila (Bookjourney)
    Twitter: bookjourney

    Oscars day? Would you believe I did not know? GAH!

    I have heard that about Delirium, about it being good, but not as “WHOA” as Before I Fall.

    I am home from the cabin and wanted to let you know I fixed my post from Certain Women…. thanks for letting me know I missed you.
    Sheila (Bookjourney)´s last post ..Certain Women by Madeleine L’Engle

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sheila – I think that Delirium not being a WOW book has to do with how good her first book was, and also with how good some other YA dystopian novels have been lately.

  10. Robin
    Twitter: robnmccormack

    I’ll be recording it and watching it later. My hubby hates these things and drives me crazy with his comments. I’m reading Angelology today! Just bought “Faithful Place” for read along. Looking forward to it.
    Robin´s last post ..Sunday Salon and Row80 check in- Endings- middles- beginnings and deprivation

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Robin – I really enjoyed Angelology – but would have enjoyed it more if I had known it was being set up for a sequel. :)

  11. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads

    I’ll be watching, probably on delay though so will try not to get spoiled for the winners before then. The category that I am most interested in is Short Film (animated) as Australian author Shaun Ta is nominated for his adaptation of his book The Lost Thing
    Marg´s last post ..Shaun Tan at the Oscars

  12. Robyn says:

    I’ve seen so few of the Oscar movies it’s pathetic. Looking forward to hearing what you think of A Faithful Place. I loved Into the Woods, and then thought The Likeness was okay. My friend liked A Faithful Place more than I did.
    Robyn´s last post ..Twofer Review- One year- one week and two widows

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Robyn – I started Faithful Place over the weekend, and so far so good…. I love her writing, but we’ll see if the story grabs me as much as In the Woods and The Likeness does.

  13. iliana says:

    I love watching the Oscars too. The only bad thing is that I’ve hardly seen any of the nominated films. Have fun watching them!
    iliana´s last post ..Persephone Reading

  14. irene says:

    Yup, I’m watching as I type. I’ve rolled up my sleeve to start our read a long. Hope I can keep up with you guys. I’m anxiously awaiting your thoughts on Angel game.
    irene´s last post ..Safe From the Sea

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Irene – Faithful Place looks like a dense book, but it reads quickly, if that makes any sense. The Angel’s Game is very good – I’m almost done and it’s getting hard to quit listening so I can do anything else!

  15. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    As much as I like movies and the Oscars, I am flat out exhausted after the last few days, so I doubt I will make it. I am rooting for The King’s Speech and The Social Network! I agree completely with you on Delirium…enjoyed the heck out of it, but did not pack the punch that Before I Fall did.

    Enjoy Faithful Place and The Angel’s Game. The Angel’s Game was definitely NOT like its predecessor. Much higher body count!
    Sandy´s last post ..Sunday Salon- Fantasies

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy- didn’t the ending of Delirium rip out your heart? And is Angel’s Game a sequel? Or are you just speaking of the book he wrote before that one? This is my first experience with the author.

  16. Ronnica
    Twitter: RonnicaZ

    I agree with your comment on Delirium. She rights well, but it was missing that oomph from her previous work.
    Ronnica´s last post ..The Only Picture You’ll Ever See of Me in a Bikini

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