The Sunday Salon – February 26, 2012

It’s been flu-week at our house. So far, only two of us – Noah and Josiah – were sidelined, and I’m hoping and praying it stays that way. Poor Noah – I don’t think he remembers the last time he had a respiratory flu, and he was miserable. Josiah seemed to kick the fever/body aches stage faster, and he’s good to go except for a nagging cough.

Because of sickness, we’ve had a quiet weekend. We took Friday off school, which allowed me to get caught up with some housework stuff, while Noah and Josiah laid around watching Netflix. Natalie was gone yesterday to Revolve Tour in Spokane, a Christian event for teen girls. Kevin took me out to breakfast and then we vegged the rest of the day, too.

While I hate sickness, I have to admit that the low-key week that sickness necessitates means more reading time. It was an awesome week for audiobooks – I finished two five-star listens: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (the link will take you to my review) and The Last Child by John Hart (review to come). Completely different, but both were full of audiobook brilliance.

I also gave up on two books in print this week. One was Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh, which was too disturbing for me to finish. It is a beautifully written book, though, and Kelly has graciously agreed to read and review my copy for me.

The other book I gave up on was You’re (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter. This was also a review copy, but an unsolicited copy, and so I don’t feel guilty about laying it aside. I thought the characters were flat and the dialogue seemed unnatural. This could be a case of poor timing, though, as I think any chick lit would suffer when read directly after Sophie Kinsella.

In other blog news, I answered eleven questions, posted another edition of Ten-word Movie Reviews, posted a flashback review of Anne Fadiman’s essay collection Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, and reviewed the completely amazing The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney.

Today will include church in the morning, and then I am off to my folks’ house for lasagne and The Oscars! Anyone else planning to watch? I have only seen three of the Best Picture nominees (The Descendants, The Help, and Moneyball), and within those choices, I am rooting for The Help to win Best Picture and George Clooney to win Best Actor. Do you have Oscar picks you would like to share?

Not sure I’ll have much time for reading today, but here are the books I am currently reading or listening to.

In print:
~ The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
~ Legend by Marie Lu
~ The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry

On audio:
~ The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
~ Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

What are you reading today?

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20 Responses to The Sunday Salon – February 26, 2012

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Hmmm. I have the print version of The Last Child. I did read Hart’s latest one, but I know The Last Child won some awards. I’m going to have to see if my library has it on audio. I might have a better chance of getting to it that way.

  2. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    I’m going to my parents to watch the Daytona 500 with my dad here later and then maybe the Oscars with my aunt, who lives with them. However, I haven’t seen any of the Best Picture nominees. I think I’ve seen one of the nominees overall, and sadly, the nominated song won’t be included in tonight’s performance: “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets. :( I guess if anything, I’m pulling for The Help, because it’s the one Best Picture nominee with some “folks of color” in it. But I wouldn’t be surprised if The Artist wins, based on the buzz.

  3. Kailana says:

    I am not sure if I will watch any of the Oscars this year. I haven’t really seen any of the movies… I did see The Help and look forward to it doing well, but that’s about it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kelly – Octavia Spencer, who played Minnie, won for Best Supporting Actress, but that’s the only prize they took. Oh, well. :)

  4. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I hope the rest of you stay well!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – Well, kid #3 came down with the fever/cough today. Sigh. Now we’re half-healthy, and half-sick. Hoping it stays that way – and we don’t add any people to the sick side!

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    The Last Child is on my wish list…and I thoroughly enjoyed I’ve Got Your Number.

    I’ve only seen The Help of the three movies you mentioned…alas. That’s what happens when I tell myself I’d rather wait until I can watch the DVD. I like being able to pause and stop…lol.

    Flu hit my youngest grandson this week, so he was at my house on Monday, which wasn’t a school day, but his mom had appointments.

    I really felt sorry for him.

    Feel better!

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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

    The flu thing seems to be going around! I went to Revolve once with the teen girls from our church and I think I had as much fun as they did!

    Is it weird that I did not even know the Oscars was tonight? Probably wont watch… I think Amazing Race starts tonight too!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sheila – my daughter had so much fun at Revolve! And I hope you enjoy Amazing Race. :)

  7. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I haven’t watched the Oscars in years and this year will be another time I miss it. Instead, I will be doing math homework. Even with the flu going around, it sounds like you were able to get much done last week. I hope you have a great week, Carrie.

  8. Aw, I hope your kids feel better soon and that no one else gets it!

    Tree of Life is my favorite of all the Oscar noms, I don’t care if that makes me pretentious, lol, I was really deeply moved by it. But I liked all the ones I saw, and would be happy with any of them winning. Mostly I’m just rooting for Viola!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Amy – I really, really thought Viola had it – especially after winning the SAG award. I bet a lot of actresses wish Meryl Streep would take a few years off!

  9. Alyce
    Twitter: athomewithbooks
    says:

    My youngest had a terrible cough and stayed home for most of the week too. I thought it would mean more reading time for me, but sadly it was more a week of cleaning house and trying to cheer up a cranky boy.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Alyce – It is so hard when our kids are sick, isn’t it? I hope he’s feeling better!

  10. Kathleen says:

    I hope you are all feeling better by now. At least you were able to look at the bright side and use the time to get more reading done.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathleen – actually, the flu saga is ongoing. Unfortunately. Oh, well, no homeschooling means more time to read, right?