Sunday Salon

tssbadge1This week I discovered Book Mooch. Hello? Why didn’t anyone tell me about this earlier? Now I am taking inventory of my books and figuring out which ones I can give away in order to make room for new ones. I’ve already “mooched” eight books and have sent out ten.

As far as reading goes, it was a pretty productive week. I finished Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty, which I really enjoyed. Fourth Comings is in my TBR stack, but I felt the need to read something a little more intellectual after my little vacation into chick lit, so I read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. You can read my review here.

images4I also read The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman. Interestingly enough, there was an advertisement in the back of this book for her new book The Story Sisters coming out in June. Today when I was at work what did I stumble across on our galley shelf? I may have to abandon Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen and read The Story Sisters first.

Finally, I have five days to complete my Try Something New Challenge I am participating in. I started The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a while back, but somehow was distracted by other books. I must get back to that one and soon!

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Weekly Geek: Day Two and Sunday Salon

From The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo:

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

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tssbadge1I have been on a Megan McCafferty kick this week. I flew through Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings and Charmed Thirds and now have Fourth Comings left to read. This series was/is a lot of fun and as the books progress, so does the depth of the protagonist. So far, Charmed Thirds is my favorite.

The Bookgiveaway Carnival ends this evening. I am so happy that I decided to participate in this. My stats have increased greatly this week as a result and I am finally feeling like I am part of this book blogging community.

I updated my blog and made things much more spiffier, thanks to Trish at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin? Her help is greatly appreciated.

I added quite a few books to my TBR list: Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty, The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto, and still have Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls to read.

I also need to finish Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the Try Something New Challenge and I also joined the Women’s History Challenge.

Phew….. I am a little overwhelmed by all the books to read this month, but am loving it.

Oh yes, and I added a new rating system to my reviews.  This will take effect with my next review.


Sunday Salon

tssbadge1February vacation is coming to an end (and I haven’t even opened up my school bag, let alone corrected any papers!), but there is the hope of a snow day tomorrow.  At any rate, once again I have collected a stack or to read books and have more than one book going at the same time.  I have also joined a mini-challenge, which I am really excited about.

images1 I bought Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo and have started reading it.  I ordered this one from work and was initially disappointed when I received it.  It is a small hardcover and reminds me of Tuesdays with Morrie, which to me seems like one of those books that people who don’t really read books consider a good book.  However, I am about forty pages into this book and am really liking it.  The chapters alternate view points between different characters all living in Sarajevo during wartime.  The writing is simple, yet quite haunting and powerful.

images-11 I also snatched an Advanced Reader’s Copy of The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar.  From the inside book flap:

When Frank and Ellie Benton lose their only child, seven-year-old Benny, to a sudden illness, the perfect life they’d built is shattered.  Filled with wrenching memories, their Ann Arbor home becomes unbearable and their marriage founders.  But an unexpected job half a world away offers them an opportunity to start again,  Life in Girbaug, India, holds promise- and peril- when Frank befriends Ramesh, a bright, curious boy who quickly becomes the focus of the grieving man’s attentions.  Haunted by memories of his dead son, Frank is consumed with making his family right- a quest that will lead him down an ever-darkening path that will have stark repercussions.

I abandoned, but promise to return to, both Looking for Alaska by John Green and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

And then for the best news of all!  I have joined the Try Something New Mini- Challenge:

During the month of March, you’ll be asked to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It can be something Dewey-inspired, like a comic aka graphic novel, a YA novel, a book on feminism, etc. But it can be something else too: poetry, a short story collection, manga, non-fiction, a cookbook, a book on knitting or other crafts, a book on social issues, a play, a horror book, fantasy, sci-fi, a collection of fairy tales or a fairy tale retold…you decide. It’s not mandatory that you have never ever read a book of the kind you pick before…all I’m asking is that you pick something that is still mostly new territory for you.

To make things more fun, the Mini-Challenge is going to work in pairs: you sign up using the Mr Linky at the bottom of this post, and you’ll be paired with the person before you, like we sometimes did for Weekly Geeks. Then you and your partner will get in touch by e-mail and talk about what type of book you’re thinking of reading. If your partner happens to be an expert in something that is new territory for you, then maybe they could offer some recommendations. If you’re both thinking of picking the same type of book, maybe you could read it together.

My partner is  the Book Nut,  Melissa.  We have not yet decided on a book, but I think we are leaning toward something in the science-fiction department or short story genre.  I can’t wait to be a part of this challenge.  I am a newbie to this book blogging community and I love this idea of a shared experience.

Sunday Salon

tssbadge1This week I have abandoned Pretties by Scott Westerfeld, but promise to pick it back up by next Sunday. His use of the word bubbly just really started to annoy me and I had to put it down. Instead, I have been reading Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin and I am loving it. I can easily see how that became a tv series; it is like Melrose Place, but in the 70s and in San Francisco. I think I have also been convinced to read The Hunger Games as well. I have resisted for so long, but everyone is telling me that resistance is stupid. Sue Miller’s The Senator’s Wife is still sitting on my dining room table waiting to be read as well. I also read an ARC of Laurie Halse Anderson’s new novel Wintergirls. This one is promising- I predict it will rank up there with Speak.