The Sunday Salon – March 25, 2012 (plus, the winner of The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons)

First, before I forget, congratulations to the winner of The House at Tyneford, Deanna at Polishing Mud Balls. I hope that you all will consider joining Deanna and I for the read-along in April. I’ll be posting the schedule later this week.

Well, I survived the goodbye – now to get through the next two weeks. Sigh. Natalie called last night from Redmond, Oregon, and she’s already having a lot of fun, which makes me happy. I’ve got some stuff planned to keep me busy while she’s gone.

I spent yesterday afternoon seeing The Vow with my parents, and the evening playing a cut-throat game of “Munchkin” with my boys.

Today will be a good day – church in the morning, and then the boys and I are heading south to Mom and Dad’s for another movie-marathon sleepover. We’re doing animated films this time: How to Train Your Dragon, Horton Hears a Who, Megamind, and Despicable Me. Then, Thursday afternoon, I’m taking them to see The Hunger Games – can. not. wait.

We’re also planning to take the boys roller-skating at least once, and to the aquatic center at nearby Usk once. Plus, I’m planning our church’s Easter service, and a friend just sent me an invite to Pinterest, so…… I’m sure the time will go by quickly until she’s back.

I did finish three books this week (reviews to come): Memento Mori by Muriel Spark, Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult, and These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf. If I get any time to read today, these are my current in-progress books:

In print:
~ Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
~ The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey – I would be finished with this if not reading slowly for the read-along.
~ Feed by Mira Grant

On audio:
~ The Innocent by Taylor Stevens
~ The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

On the blog this week:
~ Read-along discussion: The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey, part three
~ Flashback Review: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
~ DVD Review: The Muppets

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21 Responses to The Sunday Salon – March 25, 2012 (plus, the winner of The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons)

  1. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    Where did your daughter go again? Sorry, but I missed that. I knew it was California, but wasn’t sure what it was for.

    Your movie marathon sounds great, but I’d end it with How To Train Your Dragon, the better of those movie, in my humble opinion. :) I didn’t see Horton Hears A Who, but I’d have Megamind as the second best in that group.

    Also sorry to be so full of questions this week, but what’s Munchkin? Okay, last question. Really. ;)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – you mean you don’t take notes on my Sunday Salon posts from week to week? ;) Natalie is off with her best friend’s family on an extended Spring Break. They are driving down – they made to Redmond, Oregon last night (we’re in the Northeast corner of Washington State). They’re driving south, stopping at various places along the way – including a three day stay in a beach house at Cayucas, and will end with a couple of days at Disney. At that point, Nan, Caitie, and Chris (the mom) will fly home, while the dad will stay in Calif. to spend some time with his mom, who is in a nursing home there. I’m very excited for Nan, but she hasn’t been away from home for longer than 5 days before!

      You didn’t love Despicable Me? That’s my favorite of the bunch – although I think my boys would agree with you on How to Train Your Dragon. We’ve all seen them before – but my mom, who loves animated films, hasn’t. My dad will probably read. :)

      And Munchkin is a cross between a board game and a role-playing game, and it’s hysterical fun – my boys just taught me how to play last night. You can find details here:
      http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Jackson-Games-1483-Munchkin/dp/B004U7JJWE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1332684082&sr=8-5

      Have a great Sunday!

      • unfinishedperson
        Twitter: unfnshdprsn
        says:

        I liked Despicable Me, but didn’t love it.

        And no, sadly I don’t keep notes on Sunday Salon posts. :) I knew she was going to California, but didn’t know why. At first, I thought it was a school trip of some kind, but now that I know what it is, it sounds pretty cool. Hope she has a good time.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    OMG I loved The Little Stranger – Simon Vance baby! And we saw Hunger Games last night and loved it. You will not be disappointed.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I didn’t even know Simon Vance read The Little Stranger until I started it – it was like a little happy bonus! And I’m glad to hear you loved the Hunger Games movie – I can’t wait. :)

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    I’m curious about Memento Mori…I’ve read some Muriel Spark and enjoy her style.

    Sounds like you have a fun Sunday planned…enjoy!

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurel-Rain – I think Saturday is the day for the Faith and Fiction discussion of Memento Mori. :)

  4. Amy says:

    You’re reading and listening to several books that I have waiting for me including The Little Stranger and Cloud Atlas.
    You have a great movie day planned…I love relaxing and enjoying animated flms. Horton Hears a Who is such fun.

    I’m very interested in joining you for the readalong of The House of Tyneford. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked that book up in the bookstore but just coudn’t decide! I hope I can fit it in in April.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Amy – I really hope you do join us for the House at Tyneford read-along – it should be terrific!

  5. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I’m sure Natalie is having the time of her life!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – she called again tonight – she is definitely having a blast. :)

  6. irene says:

    I feel your pain, re: your daughter. When my son first went off with the army, I was one of those moms that writes the Prime Minister to see if he’ll be safe. Well maybe not the Prime Minister but, he was on the list. I know my son was mortified, my reasoning is quite simply this, if something happened, they wouldn’t be calling your roommate, they’d be calling me, so I like wise, want to be able to call you not your roommate. They had a limited time where they could use their cell phones, and no computers. Now of course we text. I’m sure she’ll be fine, and have a great trip, you on the other hand will fill your days, as I have. Hence the blog and the reading frenzy.
    I’ve had such a blast reading The Yellow HOuse, I’m joining you in April The House of Tyneford.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Irene – Yay! I’m glad you’re joining us again for the April read-along. :) And I can’t even begin to imagine having a child in the military – it makes Natalie’s quick trip to California seem like no big deal.

  7. jenn aka the picky girl
    Twitter: picky_girl
    says:

    My mom and dad were just telling me how fun Despicable Me is. They rented it with my 5 yo cousin, and she loved it too. Guess I need to check it out.

    I just watched The Hunger Games last night, and oh. my. I had to actually post about it today because I cannot get it out of my mind. I’m completely impressed.

    Have a great movie marathon. That sounds so fun!

  8. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Momento Mori.

    Movie marathons are always a great thing. My family has watched every movie you mentioned and enjoyed them.

    Happy Sunday!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – they are – I love that movies is a thing I share with my folks. Kevin isn’t quite as into movie watching as I am, so it’s fun to be able to do this with my parents – and the kids like sharing their favorites with Grandma and Papa.

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

    I cant wait to hear you thoughts bout Hunger Games!

  10. yaaay you’re reading Feed!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Amy – I am LOVING Feed – it is so, so good. Have you read Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry?