The Sunday Salon – August 26, 2012

What a week! Fair week is always a bit nutty at our house, but so worth it. This year, Natalie wasn’t the only family member to participate in the Youth Performing Arts competition – Noah joined her, accompanying her on guitar for one song. And their hard work and practice paid off: Natalie won Judge’s Choice in the Senior Divison for her song, and their song together won Reserve Champion (second place) in the Group Division. As you can imagine, I am one proud mom! Here are the videos that Kevin took of their performances.

Of course, since it was also our last week of vacation, I found time to read. In print, I finished Naked Heat by “Richard Castle,” A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, and A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd – all four-star reads. I also finished Look Again by Lisa Scottoline on audio. It was my first book by the author, and it certainly won’t be my last.

Today, after church, I plan to veg on the couch, sucking every last minute out of our summer vacation. I’ll probably watch a couple episodes of Once Upon a Time, and read, of course. I have plenty of books to choose from.

In print:
~ The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
~ Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
~ The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
~ Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James
~ This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

On audio:
~ Escape by Barbara Delinsky
~ Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

If you have kids, are they already back in school, or do you have a little summer vacation left? Will you be doing any reading this last Sunday in August?

On the blog this week:
~ Read-along discussion: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, part two
~ Ten-word movie reviews #19
~ Film Club: The next year’s films – and a reminder
~ Book Review: The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
~ Mini-reviews: Lottery by Patricia Wood; Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery; and Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll

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20 Responses to The Sunday Salon – August 26, 2012

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    The fair was a big deal when I was growing up. My sister and I had all kinds of entries, but were really busy with showing the animals. I don’t think we slept that week! So I understand the chaos. You must be so proud of those two. I think it is so cool that they are performing together now.
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  2. irene says:

    You most certainly should be a proud mom. Do enjoy your last week of summer. My guys should be going back Sept 3, but my youngest is taking a year off to work on a portfolio and apply to do his masters degree. Finished just one book this week. On to the next today if there is time.
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  3. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a fair – I don’t ever recall living anywhere that has one. I need to check to see if there’s one around here. Your kids are fabulous – I can see why you’re proud.
    bermudaonion(Kathy)´s last post ..Review: Going to the Bad

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – you must find a fair to attend – it’s an American experience. I can’t believe you’ve never been to one! :)

  4. Arti
    Twitter: Arti_Ripples
    says:

    What wonderful kids they are! You must be one proud mom. As for your books, I’ve read all of Lisa Scottoline’s earlier legal thriller books, they are so fun to read. It’s only when she branched out into regular fiction that I stopped reading her. End of the Affair, have you listened to Colin Firth reading it for Audible?
    Arti´s last post ..Saturday Snapshot August 25: Fifth Blogiversary

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Arti – I haven’t heard Firth read End of the Affair – I bet he was amazing! Alas, my little MP3 player isn’t Audible-compatible, so until I have the money to replace it, I’m stuck with what I can get from my library. :)

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    Congrats to the kids! What a joy for a parent….

    I really enjoy Scottoline…and Look Again was a favorite.

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST
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  6. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    My summer vacation is over since the semester starts tomorrow but the kids have another week. I had big plans to finish a lot of books last week but it didn’t happen. :-( Oh well. I hope you have a great first week of school.
    Vasilly´s last post ..It’s Monday. What are you reading?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Thanks, V. :) I’m hoping it goes smoothly and we can settle into our routine quickly with no fuss.

  7. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    Was that thunder in the background or was that a sound effect? :)
    unfinishedperson´s last post ..How has your reading changed since high school?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – it was actually just really windy – so that was the sound of the wind being picked up by Kevin’s camera. :)

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

    That is so cool! I have never been a big fan of the fair but went to the State Fair this weekend and forgot how many people are there and there is so much going on! I guess I do like it :D
    Sheila (Book Journey)´s last post ..It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  9. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith
    says:

    The fair happens around here in October…and it is definitely an American tradition everyone should experience once :) My cousin and I used to perform together at the fair like your kids…great memories :)
    We’re trying to get into the swing of things, but every time I think we get it figured out, we have to adjust something else. We have a hurricane getting in our way this week…what a pain!!
    Patti Smith´s last post ..Sunday Salon – The I Hate Hurricanes edition

  10. Kathleen says:

    Your children are so talented! You must be so proud! Thanks for sharing these videos of their performance with us.
    Kathleen´s last post ..Review: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

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