The Sunday Salon – February 2, 2014 (plus, wrapping up January’s reading)

sundaysalon2Time: 9:58 p.m., Saturday evening. Watching Blue Bloods.

Thankful for: This week being over. I knew it was going to be very busy with appointments, but we also had a case of head lice thrown in there. Let’s just say this is one week I’m glad to see the back end of, especially because of what I’m….

Looking forward to: Do you really have to ask? Go Seahawks!

~ The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor. Still.
~ The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve reached Helm’s Deep.
~ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. This is February’s “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge pick.
~ Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. Just started it, but I’m already engrossed.
~ Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. Hoping to start this today before the game.

Recently finished reading: Allegiant by Veronica Roth; A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic; and A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith. Reviews to come.

Listening to: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Recently finished listening to: Sold by Patricia McCormick. Wow. Powerful and disturbing.

Watching: Last Sunday’s movie night pick was a throwback – The Hunt for Red October. Mom and Dad had taken the boys to see the new “Jack Ryan” movie while we were away in Spokane, and so the boys wanted to watch the other films in the franchise. We’ve also been enjoying the new series Intelligence (love Josh Holloway!) and Helix.

Blogging recently:
~ The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
~ Book Review: A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr

Are you watching the big game today? Don’t tell me if you’re rooting for the Broncos! πŸ˜‰ If not, what will you be reading or watching or doing instead?

Books completed in January:
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review
God Came Near by Max Lucado – 3 stars
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield – 2 starsmy review
What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (audiobook) – 5 stars
A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr – 4 starsmy review
A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith – 4 stars
A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic – 4 stars
Allegiant by Veronica Roth – 3 stars
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner – 5 stars
Sold by Patricia McCormick (audiobook) – 5 stars

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20 Responses to The Sunday Salon – February 2, 2014 (plus, wrapping up January’s reading)

  1. Tobi says:

    You mean there are actually people rooting for the Broncos? I can’t imagine. Graci printed a picture of Peyton Manning and put a large blue X through it to signify that he is going down today. It is hanging in my living room next to the television.

    I am curious to hear your thoughts on the ending of Allegiant. I had to reread the ending to make sure I wasn’t missing something.

    Happy Superbowl Sunday! Go Hawks!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Tobi – What a game, right?! Was Graci jumping up and down?

      The ending of Allegiant was shocking, but I thought that was what she was leading up to. I’m glad I finished the trilogy, but I really think this is a case of the first book being the best book.

  2. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    The big game around here was last night’s Syracuse/Duke basketball match-up. We’ll watch the game today but, without a team in the contest, it will be mostly about food and commercials. Good luck to your Seahawks.

    I’ve been slowly working my way through Flannery O’Connor’s stories for at least a year, at least… have not made much progress lately. Will be curious to hear what you think of Still Life with Breadcrumbs. I’m definitely an Anna Quindlen fan, but lately I’ve preferred her nonfiction.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      JoAnn – Still Life will have to wait until tomorrow – didn’t find any time to start it today. πŸ™‚

  3. Yeah, I sort of had a feeling you’d be watching the game. πŸ˜‰ Best of luck to the ‘Hawks. If any team has to win it, which I’m guessing that’s how those things go ;), then I hope it’s them. Blah blah Peyton Manning blah blah.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – Peyton made a sad face many, many times during today’s game. πŸ™‚

  4. Kailana says:

    Sounds like you have a fun afternoon planned. I sometimes watch the Superbowl for the commercials and half-time show, but not sure if I will this year. I actually don’t mind sports, but the guy hates them and he has his kiddo this weekend. This usually means a reading day for me!

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I don’t have much of an opinion on the teams tonight honestly. I go for the food and the commercials. Now I’m going to have to look up Sold and see what the hook is!

  6. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    We’ve got the game on right now and I’m halfway paying attention to it. I am rooting for the Seahawks because of Kam Chancellor.

  7. Colleen
    Twitter: booksnyc

    You have some great books on the go right now – Still Life with Breadcrumbs is on my must read list and I have heard great things about Under the Starry Sky. Did you read Loving Frank?

    Have a great week!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Colleen – I haven’t read Loving Frank, but I am loving this one so much, I’m sure I’ll pick it up!

  8. Michelle says:

    I just saw that The Hunt for Red October is on NetFlix now. It is one I even mentioned to my son that he needs to watch. It really is a classic Clancy story and an excellent movie.

    That game was unbelievable. As excited as I am that the Seahawks won, and as in love with Russell Wilson as I am, my heart breaks for the Broncos. To see them fall apart so badly on such a public stage was painful.

    Head lice? I shudder at the thought. Holly had it once, and I pray every day that she never gets it again. I still have nightmares about picking through her hair. Ugh!

    Here’s hoping this week is a little less stressful for you!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – yes, I felt bad for the Broncos, too, especially Peyton Manning. Not the end of the season he was anticipating. But I was still celebrating for my ‘Hawks!

  9. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I need to add a few of your 5-star books to my list. We weren’t invested in either team but were hoping for more a battle. Oh well. We ate snacks and socialized and had fun.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Candace – yes, it wasn’t a very exciting game if you aren’t a Seahawks fan!

  10. stacybuckeye says:

    I’m guessing you had a great Super Bowl? :):):)