Dec 12, 2010

Sunday Salon: It's Snowing!

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It rained last night and into the morning, but that has all turned into a softly falling snow. It's rather nice, since I did chores yesterday and can stay in!

World and TownI'm in the middle of reading a great library find, World and Town: A Novel by Gish Jen (Oct. 5, 2010). It's about the scientist daughter of a missionary born in China and her helping a Cambodian family, fairly new immigrants in California. Her own life story and love life weaves into the story of the Cambodians, trying to fit into American life in a small town in the northwest.

I am way behind in reading and reviewing books I promised authors and publicists to do, and vow to do better in the coming year, when I hope to read all that are now piled up in my basement library/office.

Happily, my long list of health appointments has almost all been checked off. I completed eye surgery, a root canal, and a sleep study. Two more specialists to see in the new year!

My Christmas gift to myself was a Kindle. I have downloaded quite a few of the classics - Dickens, Jane Austen, Henry James, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, The Iliad, the Odyssey, The Art of War, the sayings of Confucius, the Dream of the Red Chamber, and a few mystery novels. Most of the books are free! Some cost $1 or less and a few are $2.99.  

Two classics I've started to re-read are War and Peace and Pride and Prejudice. I would not have even tried it except for having the books so available on the Kindle! So there's a positive!

I'm doing a blog tour on Dec. 16 for The Active, Creative Child: Parenting in Perpetual Motion by Stephanie D. Vlahov. Come back then for a look and some ideas on how to give your creative child the best guidance!

Please also visit my poetry blog, Strummed Words, where I rant and rail against the vicissitudes of man and the universe :)

The snow is still falling, and it is pretty. The first significant snowfall of the season! Have a great week!

6 comments:

  1. This reminds me that I have at least one Gish Jen book on my shelves that I had forgotten utterly. I am glad to hear you are enjoying World and Town! (Not to mention the Kindle...)

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  2. Congrats on your new present to yourself. The Kindle is awesome. enjoy

    It is pouring here and has been for at least 6 hours. ...so enjoy your snow.

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  3. I'm in love with my son's Kindle so much so that I'm squirreling my $$ away to buy myself one!! Can you believe this weather. We're getting socked big time right now!!

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  4. Hello,I stopped by your blog. That sounds like an interesting read that my book club might be interested in.
    Ann

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  5. I have World and Town sitting on top of my TBR pile. I can't wait to get to it, I had quite a few "obligations" and had to put it down, but the writing was wonderful.

    Congrats on your new Kindle! There are so many great bargains right now at Amazon for Kindle books! Here's a link on some great titles on the cheap:

    http://chickwithbooks.blogspot.com/2010/11/great-reads-at-bargain-prices.html

    And as far as the weather goes- it just let up after a full day and night of sheets of rain! Ugh!

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  6. I got an iPAD, and that is awesome too!! I am reading more eBooks because this is so portable :) LOVE.

    Congrats on your Kindle, I think someday i am going to see one at least!

    I have not heard of World and Town, so I am going to look for this hear!

    I hope you feel better and you don't have goto many appointments in the coming year :)

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