The Sunday Salon – February 9, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 7:50 p.m., Saturday evening. Listening to Natalie and her boyfriend talk about the Monster Truck Rally they just returned from.

Thankful for: Being debt free! I made the last payment on our van last week, and then, thanks to our income tax refund, I paid off the dentist and Les Schwab yesterday. It’s a very good feeling. And, of course, that’s not the only thing I’m thankful for. I won’t gloat, because I know there are a lot of Broncos fans out there, but I will say that I enjoyed last Sunday afternoon very much. Oh, and I’m thankful that today, the temperature is supposed to be in the 20s. That may sound odd, but let me explain: On Wednesday morning, it was minus 17 at our house. That is SEVENTEEN DEGREES BELOW FREAKING ZERO.

Reading: All the same things I was reading last week. I have about three-and-a-half stories left to finish the O’Connor, after which I will breathe a big sigh of relief. On the flip side, I am LOVING this month’s challenge pick, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I fully expect to finish it after church. I’m also loving Nancy Horan’s The Wide and Starry Sky and Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, which I’m also close to finishing. It’s been a good reading week.

Listening to: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier and The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

Recently finished listening to: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Absolutely fantastic. I’ve already downloaded the sequel, The Dream Thieves.

Watching: No movie night last Sunday, because we watched the Super Bowl. Today, Mom and Dad and I and Jonathan went down to Spokane and saw The Monuments Men, which I thought was really, really good. I loved the fact that it had the sensibility of some of the older World War II movies, like The Great Escape. Jonathan, my 14-year-old, was entertained through the whole thing, even though it didn’t have all the battle scenes he is used to seeing in a war movie. Mom and Dad loved it, too. I thought it was perfectly cast and wonderfully acted. Then I got home and looked up the online reviews, and discovered that I apparently have no idea what makes a good film. The majority of critics seem to dislike it very much. Oh, well, it’s not the first time I’ve disagreed with the “majority of critics.”

Blogging recently: Not much. It’s been busy at our house! I did manage to get my review of A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith posted in time. I wrote it at around 11:30 the night before, but it was up in time for my tour date.

What are you doing today? Are you staying warm enough? Reading anything good? Seen any good movies lately?

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18 Responses to The Sunday Salon – February 9, 2014

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I didn’t realize The Monuments Men is out already. I’m trying to decide if I want to see it first or read the book (which has been on my shelves for years) first.
    bermudaonion (Kathy)´s last post ..At the movies: Labor Day

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – I couldn’t wait – I knew it would be a while before I’d find time to read it.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I was so disappointed when I saw the reviews of Monuments Men!!! I really have been excited about it…so many great actors, and such a good premise. A friend of mine is going today, and I’m going to see what that verdict is. I’m pretty close to finishing Winter’s Tale, which comes out next week. I’m just steeling myself for horrible reviews of that too, but I will see it anyway, come hell or high water. I didn’t read an 800 page book for nothing. And you know, I borrowed the audio of Raven Boys from the library and never got to it. Guess I need to borrow it again. I trust your opinion!
    Sandy´s last post ..Sunday Salon: Slo Mo Sandy

  3. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422

    Curious Incident still stands out to me as a memorable read. I really really enjoyed it.
    Trisha´s last post ..What I’m Reading

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Trisha – I just finished it a little bit ago. I know it will stick with me for a long time.

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    Why will you be relieved when you finish the O’Connor book? Is it a huge book or the subject matter. . .? My hold for O’Connor’s The Prayer Journal has finally came through so I plan on reading it sometime this month.

    Today I plan on reading a little bit, doing some lesson planning, and finishing homework. Happy Sunday.
    Vasilly´s last post ..Sunday Salon

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      V – I loved O’Connor’s Prayer Journal, but her short stories are rough going. They are brilliantly written, but so dark and full of the worst of humanity. Quite depressing, really.

  5. irene says:

    I haven’t seen Monument Men but can imagine it to be a good movie, even if the majority disagree. Keep warm, it’s positively tropical here today only -7Celsius, I hear you about the cold.
    irene´s last post ..Writers Workshop… You know you’re old when…

  6. Colleen
    Twitter: booksnyc

    sometimes the critics don’t know what they are talking about! I am always disappointed when I see them pan a movie I really liked. I say, trust your gut! If you liked it, that’s all that matters.
    Colleen´s last post ..Sunday Salon: February 9, 2014

  7. Susan says:

    I must congratulate you & your team for slaughtering my Broncos. I’m just sorry it wasn’t even a game; more of a disaster. But your Seahawks had a terrific year and are deserving of it.
    I hope to see Monuments Men despite of the critical reviews. It looks good to me. cheers.
    Susan´s last post ..On Such a Full Sea

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sue – It was quite surprising. I thought the ‘Hawks had a chance, but I thought it would be a hard-fought win if they could pull it off. I don’t think anyone expected what happened!

  8. Kailana says:

    I kind of hid inside this weekend. I hate February every year…I have been trying to distract myself with fun things. :)
    Kailana´s last post ..Week in Review (6)

  9. Carrie, the roads were treacherous and we didn’t feel good so we stayed home from church. I read O’Connor’s first novel, Wise Blood, and I can say that I’ve read all her fiction. Woot. (I guess) I don’t plan on revisiting her novels. The introduction to Wise Blood by Sally Fitzgerald helped explain some things.

    I also decided, on page 156, that I’m abandoning Mark Helprin’s Winter Tale. I highly respect his writing ability but the story and characters and fantastical quality didn’t grab me. I’m glad I decided to ditch it relatively early on.

    We didn’t get to Monuments Men like we had expected, today, but we watched a 1964 film with Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield called The Train, based on the book by Rose Valland.
    Carol in Oregon´s last post ..Winter Watch

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Carol – I know what you mean about Winter’s Tale – I tried it on audio and gave up a few discs in. The movie trailers make me wonder if I should give it another try, but realistically, I probably won’t. I’m interested in reading the Rose Valland book! And I hope you get to see Monuments Men soon – I think you’ll like it.

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