The Sunday Salon – January 29, 2012

It’s a funny thing – a week that is less scheduled flies by just as quickly as one that’s scheduled to the hilt. It was a productive week, with a fun Friday night to top it off. One of Natalie’s best friends appeared in our high school’s production of Crazy for You, a Gershwin musical. The kids and I had a lot of fun watching the Friday night performance.

Yesterday, I stayed home and did laundry and watched Real Steel with the boys. I also finished The Informationist by Taylor Stevens – ho. ly. cow. Fantastic thriller – my review will go up later this week.

I haven’t talked about my TV viewing lately. Anyone else loving the current season of Grey’s Anatomy? I think it’s getting it’s mojo back. I also finished last season of Castle – sob – and will catch up on this season via Hulu. Kevin and I have been watching season one of Blue Bloods on disc, and enjoying it so far. What have you been watching lately?

Not sure if I’ll have time to read much today, but if I do, I will be cuddling up with The Annotated Persuasion. What are you reading today?

Bookish posts this week:
~ Book Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
~ Book Review: Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
~ Book-to-Movie Review: Children of Men by P.D. James
~ Book Review: Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

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22 Responses to The Sunday Salon – January 29, 2012

  1. How was Real Steel? Sadly I’m not watching any of the shows you mention!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Amy – I really liked Real Steel! In spite of the fact that it was about robot boxing – which could be completely cheesy – it had a good storyline, a great child actor playing Jackman’s son, – and, of course, Hugh himself, who is always fun to look at. :)

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I kinda rolled my eyes when I saw the preview of Real Steel (even though I dig Hugh), but it actually got pretty decent reviews. I may need to order it on Netflix. Today I am going to dig into the Maus graphic novels.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I saw it in the theater with my youngest, and expected a cheese-fest, but was pleasantly surprised. :) And you are in for a treat with Maus!

  3. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    I love Castle….unfortunately, our library only had the first season and then Hulu only had Season 3 and not Season 2. I just didn’t want to order all the DVDs from Netflix because I’m too “invested” in other shows right now to go back to Castle.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I’ve just gotten hooked on Downtown Abbey. The first season is on Netflix and I love it!
    I am just starting Norwegian Wood by Murakami for my Book Club and am listening to Little Bee by Cleave and An Irish Country Christmas by Taylor! I am also reading Unaccustomed Earth by Lahiri.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Elisabeth – great books! I enjoyed Unaccustomed Earth – and Irish Country Christmas is a lot of fun. I have had Downton Abbey in my Watch Instantly queue forever – need to find time for it!

  5. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Today I’m dipping into How Georgia Became O’Keege by Karen Karbo before doing more homework. Have a great week!

  6. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    I have moved Wonderstruck from the book shelf to the kitchen table…. I am eyeballing it now. That is the one I am planning to read but the size of it makes me nervous…. :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sheila – I’m curious to hear what you think of it – I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

  7. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks
    says:

    It was a sad day when I caught up with Castle as well…

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Melissa – they don’t put out enough episodes, do they?

      • Melissa
        Twitter: myeclecticbooks
        says:

        No they do not….but at least they all all wonderfully written with great bits of humor and amazing character development/chemistry! I love Esposito and Ryan!!

        • CarrieK
          Twitter: booksandmovies
          says:

          Melissa – that’s one thing I especially appreciated about season 3 – how much they used Esposito and Ryan and gave more of their back-story. Loved it!

  8. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    Yes, I’ve been enjoying Grey’s Anatomy, too. I also love Private Practice.

    And Castle…which reminds me I still need to watch the DVR of this past week’s episode!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. Kath
    Twitter: kathmeista
    says:

    Hold the phone… did you just say “Last Season” and “Castle” together in the same sentence?! NOoooooooOOOoOOOOooo! Please say it ain’t so! Oh hang on… you meant last season as in the previous season. Ah phew. You had me there, clearly I need to stop and drink a bit more of my coffee before I read these sorts of things.

    How’s Annotated Persuasion going? :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sorry, Kath – didn’t mean to worry you! LOL I am loving this way of re-reading my favorite Austen – there is so much great extra information.

  10. Kailana says:

    The guy and I watched the first two episodes of Bomb Girls over the weekend. It is a mini-series about women who built bombs during the second world war. I guess it is Canadian which explains why I haven’t been seeing anything about it around the blogosphere. The fact that it is Canadian but shows what it was like for the Americans was a bit disappointing, but overall it is interesting so far. (Not that I don’t care about the US experiences, but more it was a great opportunity to look at Canadian things…) Otherwise, we haven’t really been watching anything.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kelly – that sounds like a series I would enjoy – I’ll have to see if it’s on Netflix! They have a lot of Canadian shows available, from what I can tell. Have you seen the movie Passchendale? It was excellent – would be great for the War Through the Generations Challenge – about a Canadian town and their men who served in WW I.