The Sunday Salon – October 30, 2011

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t even done a Sunday Salon post in two weeks. School stuff, church stuff, various appointments – I’ve had very little time for reading or blogging. Until this week, which involved a couple of kids’ dentist appointments, giving me lots of reading time in the waiting room, and a cold that has slowed me down, whether I like it or not. I read a whole book this week – A Watershed Year by Susan Schoenberger – and absolutely loved it. My review will go up on Wednesday. I also listened to an entire audiobook – Forever by Maggie Stiefvater – and enjoyed it as well.

I was fighting a cold at the beginning of the week, and I really thought I was winning. Then Thursday, Natalie and I drove to Post Falls, Idaho (two hours away) for an early birthday celebration for both of us. My birthday is in a week or so; Natalie’s is in December. Mom bought all three of us tickets to Steven Curtis Chapman’s Songs and Stories Tour, which also included Andrew Peterson (author of The Wingfeather Saga and songwriter extraordinaire), and Josh Wilson. The concert was truly amazing – all three of us thoroughly enjoyed it. We didn’t get home until 1:00 a.m., however, and I think that night of short sleep gave this cold an advantage.

I was supposed to lead worship at church this morning, but since I can’t sing a note without hacking up a lung, I will be spending today sitting on the couch, reading Beautiful Chaos, playing Words With Friends on Facebook, and watching episodes of Ally McBeal on Netflix. If I have an occasion to listen to any audiobooks, I have two loaded onto my MP3 player, ready to go: Second Nature by Jacquelyn Mitchard, and The Zero by Jess Walter.

What are you reading this last Sunday of October?

Reviews posted since my last Sunday Salon:

~ Mini-reviews: Plauge by Michael Grant; Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy; and In the Garden of Beasts: Love Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

~ Mini-reviews: The First Husband by Laura Dave; Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry; and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

~ Book Review: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

~ Joint Review: Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

~ Audiobook Review: The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

~ Book Review: You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

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20 Responses to The Sunday Salon – October 30, 2011

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I have loaded Shiver, Linger and Forever on audio. Haven’t started them yet, but it didn’t look like I was ever going to get to actually read them. I will be interested in how you feel about Second Nature.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – The person narrating the character Sam is different between Shiver and Linger, something that bugged me at first, until I realized it was because they needed someone who could sing, as music is important in Sam’s life and his relationship with Grace. Just a head’s up. I loved all three audio productions. I’m not very far into Second Nature yet – don’t know how I missed your review, or the fact that the Cappadora’s are characters in this book!

  2. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks
    says:

    Feel better Carrie! Maybe a day snuggling up and letting your body fight the cold is just what you need!!

    Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Thanks, Melissa – I’m already feeling a lot better. I think the extra sleep really helped!

  3. Julie
    Twitter: juliegoucher
    says:

    Hope you feel better soon.

  4. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Boy, you have been busy! I hope you feel better soon! I should finish Bedbugs by Ben Winters today.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – thanks. I think sometimes our bodies get sick just to force us to rest!

  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Twitter: debnance
    says:

    It sounds like all of us readers have been sick lately. Do you think we are passing the germs through our books? Scary!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  6. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    I received You Are My Only on my Kindle this week…can’t wait to read it! I also want to read The First Husband…enjoyed the author’s book called The Divorce Party.

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST and
    MY WEBSITE

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurel – I definitely plan to pick up more of Laura Dave’s books – it was a fun read.

  7. Kailana says:

    I don’t even know why I am so busy, but I am behind in everything lately! Just one of those things, I guess…

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kelly – I get that way, too – wonder why it seems like I’m always running, but never really getting anything done!

  8. Marie says:

    Wow, sounds like you’ve had a full plate! I hope things settle down in a good way and you can take it easy a little!

  9. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Hope you’re feeling better today. I liked all three Linger books on audio. Second Nature is on my list too.

  10. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    Glad you’re feeling better…

    …I didn’t read much yesterday. Fantasy football took up much of my time. Today I’ll be finishing Ken Bruen’s Cross and then starting on a friend’s book There Goes The Galaxy.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I’ve pretty much written off football season this year, as my team sucks. As usual. LOL