Jan 10, 2010

The Sunday Salon, Jan. 10

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Things are slow and I'm not posting as often as I used to in 2009! I've decided to take it easy, read at leisure, and post reviews only when I'm good and ready:)

I did only one book review last week: Map of Paradise, but it satisfied three different reading challenges I'm doing this year: The China Challenge, the Chill Baby, Chill! review challenge, and the 100+ Reading Challenge. I love when one book counts for more than one!

I started a cozy I got from LibraryThing, Truly, Madly by Heather Webber - a mystery/romance novel, which I am liking very much - humor, good plot, clever writing.

Haven't gotten an answer back from author Christina Sunley re the Q & A interview I planned, so that may not happen, though I hope she's not too busy and may yet come through!

Posted a Wordless Wednesday photo of red berries, which many people liked - a spot of color in the winter white.

I finally bought The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, a novel which has to be savored and cannot be read in a hurry. I'm savoring it at leisure.

New book to be reviewed: Dino Vicelli, Private Eye in a World of Evils by Lori Weiner. The hero is a private detective who just happens to be a nattily dressed Italian greyhound. Beats the talking cats in that other mystery series.

For next week, I hope to do two book reviews and start reading a new memoir, The Youngest Son: Memoirs from the Motherland by Oreste LeRoy Salerni, about a teacher's sabbatical year in Italy.

What have you done this past week?


  1. I like your philosophy of reading leisurely and not feeling pressure to 'keep up'. I prefer to maintain that way throughout the year. I find I enjoy my reading much better when I'm not pushing myself too hard. I hope you have a great reading week ahead.

  2. I've heard of "Truly, Madly," so I'm anxious to read your review.

    I'm all for chillin' more. Hard to do with a lot of blogs, but I've decided that I don't have to post on all of them every day or even every other day!


  3. I didn't sign up for one challenge that didn't have carryover potential! I was compiling all of my lists and was so excited when I realized I had a couple of books that would work for four challenges!

  4. I'm with you. No pressure blogging. One post a week from me and lots of visits to other people's blogs. And lots of reading.

    Enjoy Murakami. Love that crazy writer. Never know where he will take you, but it is always fascinating.

  5. Lots of people on the LT ER forum anxious to get their book, I guess the publisher had problems so its good to see you got yours. I'll have to check back for your review!
    I read half of the Wind Up Bird Chronicles and I just couldn't get into it for some reason but one of these days I'm going to finish it. I'm interested in reading his other novels.
    Wishing you a wonderful week!
    Natalie :0)

  6. I wish I could read at leisure. I just get so carried away and end up reading fast.

  7. I got Truly, Madly from LibraryThing and read it this week too. I thought it was cute.

  8. I snagged Truly, Madly from Goodreads and it was definitely my favorite out of my recent reads :-) Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  9. A nice leisurely attitude about blogging is a good idea. Makes for more reading and enjoyment time as well.

  10. I'm looking forward to reading your review of Map of Paradise- I've had it on my radar for a while now! :-)

  11. I received a copy of Truly, Madly as well and loved it. I am now a Lucy Valentine fan! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  12. It's nice to be able to take a deep breathe and enjoy reading! Sometimes the pressure of posting and reviewing takes a small bite out of that enjoyment, so I hope you are able to take it a little easier!

    I look forward to reading your review of Truly, Madly! I also have a copy that I'm ready to crack the spine on and can't wait! Cozy's are a nice winter treat!

    Have a great week!

  13. It looks like you've been doing a lot of fun reading! I still haven't read anything by Haruki Murakami, so I'm curious to see if I like his writing.

  14. I've done a bunch of reading, posted two reviews, and then my fave reviews Six Sentence Saturday. I think you had a great week of reading leisurely!! Enjoy!

  15. I think it's good thing to relax a little. After participating in the BLoggiesta this weekend I need a vacation from my blog :)

  16. Sounds like a good plan to me... blogging and reading are supposed to be fun! Have a great week.


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