The Sunday Salon – September 25, 2011 (plus, some links I didn’t have time to post yesterday)

I missed the Sunday Salon last week – life got in the way. Things have been busy since school has started full force. Funnily enough, I’ve had more time to read, though, now that I’m done with planning lessons and am actually teaching them. Since Natalie is in high school and doing most of her courses online, I have one less child to teach, which means I get a little more free time during our school days.

Our weekends have been crazy, too. We spent a Saturday at the lake, getting some fishing and swimming in while we’re still enjoying hot weather. Last weekend, we celebrated Jonathan’s 12th birthday with a houseful of boys. Yesterday was the first Saturday I spent at home in a while!

As far as life issues – no real changes. Kevin still has not found a job. We are trying not to worry, to trust that God has a plan. Sometimes, we actually succeed.

In the bookish side of life, it’s been a good couple of weeks. I’ve finished some fantastic books that I can’t wait to tell you about: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta; A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres; Bossypants by Tina Fey (on audio); Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (also on audio) – reviews of all of these will be coming soon. I also had one dud: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. You’ll hear all about that one on Saturday.

I’m currently in the middle of some great reads, too: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley; You Are My Only by Beth Kephart; Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl; and The First Husband by Laura Dave.

I just started two new titles on audio: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson, and Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy. Too soon to tell what I think of these.

Not sure that I’ll have a lot of time to read today, though. After church, I’m heading south to my folks’ to watch the Seahawks game with my dad. Yes, I am a die-hard ‘Hawks fan, which I think means I’m a bit of a masochist. Here’s hoping they can at least score against the Cardinals, and don’t get completely shut out like last week.

In the evening, Mom and I are heading to an author event! Yes, an author event in our little rural area. We are lucky that author Lynne Hinton used to live in Chewelah, and is back for a visit this weekend. She’s giving a talk for aspiring writers, and will also talk about her new book, Pie Town. (I reviewed her book Friendship Cake last year.) So, at the most, I will have some audiobook time while driving back and forth from my parents’ house.

Are you reading or listening to anything today?

Bookish posts in the last two weeks:
~ Faith and Fiction Round Table Discussion: Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
~ Mini-reviews: The Dowry by Walter Keady; The Sherlockian by Graham Moore; and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
~ Book Review: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
~ To Autumn by John Keats
~ Book Spotlight: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Strikingly True
~ Mini-reviews: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann; The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum; and While I Live by John Marsden

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18 Responses to The Sunday Salon – September 25, 2011 (plus, some links I didn’t have time to post yesterday)

  1. Happy belated birthday to Jonathan! I hope he and his friends had fun. :-)

    I am glad you have a weekend at home finally. Hopefully that means a little quiet time, but I imagine even at home that can be rare.

    I recently got Bossypants on audio. Not my usual type of book, but thought I would try it. Now to figure out when to listen to it…

    I hope you have a great week. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – Bossypants is hilarious on audio! In fact, I got quite a few weird looks when I was listening to it while grocery shopping, because I kept laughing out loud. She is one funny lady. :)

  2. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    How lucky that you have a chance to attend an author event! Have fun.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – I know! It doesn’t happen very often – actually, almost never – close to my home, and all the events in Spokane happen on weeknights and it’s a two-hour drive, so I rarely get to go. I’m excited. :)

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    I loved The Leftovers…I’ll be watching for your review. I have preordered You Are My Only, and The First Husband is on my wish list.

    Now I’m off to check out your links!

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST and
    MY WEBSITE

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurel – I just realized, I forgot the links! I hadn’t intended to only list my own links – I had some other ones to share… I guess I’ll have to do another post.

  4. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    This just reminds me that I’ve had the first two books in Garcia and Stohl’s series languishing on the shelves for far too long. ;)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – I am having a hard time putting Beautiful Darkness down – I wish I could just sit and read for a few hours!

  5. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    I’m looking forward to what you think of Larson’s book…I’ve heard a lot of good things, but haven’t even read his first one, Devil in the White City.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I’m only one disc in, and it starts off a bit slow, but I like the narrator and so am sticking with it.

  6. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Very cool that you have an author event! Hey doesn’t Erica Bauermeister live up there near you somewhere? I got A Thousand Lives at SIBA and I can’t wait to read it. That kind of thing fascinates me. Hope you have a great Sunday!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – Erica Bauermeister lives in Seattle (as far as what her bio page says), so she’s in the same state as I am, but still 8 hours away. The closest big city to me is Spokane. The indie bookstore there, Auntie’s, often has author events, but they’re usually on weeknights and it’s a two hour drive, so I haven’t been able to make any so far. A Thousand Lives was disturbing and terrifying and a total page-turner of a book. The ARC had a lot of mistakes in it, though: missing words, words that didn’t seem to make sense in context. I hope they have a really good proofreader on that one!

  7. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Wow, you’ve been busy. I’ll be watching for your review of Lucia, Lucia. I read it years ago and adored it. Have fun at the author event!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – I really owe you a huge thank you for talking about Adriana Trigiani on your blog! I read her Valentine books because of you, and I’ve loved everything by her that I’ve read so far.

  8. Kathleen says:

    I will be praying for Kevin and his job situation.

  9. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books
    Twitter: toofondofbooks
    says:

    So much fun to go to author events – I hope you and your mother had a blast!

    I really enjoyed BOSSYPANTS on audio – Fey is so smart and funny.