Apr 28, 2013

Sunday Salon: Yoga Gripes, a book I should write

The Sunday Salon.com Welcome to the Sunday Salon! Also submitted to It's Monday; What Are You Reading? at Book Journey, and Mailbox Monday at MariReads.

We are having scattered showers after a perfect sunny day yesterday, when we sat and read in the backyard and pulled a few weeds. This morning I saw a northern red cardinal feed its mate (or was it a juvenile?) some bird seeds it gathered up from the ground. How sweet!

I also went to gym yoga and have to decide whether or not to keep going or just stick to the studio yoga that I started last week. At gym yoga, the instructor focuses on yoga postures mainly for the exercise value. At the studio, the instructor combines yoga poses with deep breathing exercises and meditative relaxation - the complete package that is quite relaxing.

At the gym class, one guy scoffed when I repeated the traditional yoga "namaste" after the teacher at the end of the class. "Namaste" is a sign of respect to the teacher and from teacher to student.  I don't feel I am performing a religious ritual when I do yoga, repeat it's phrases, or do meditation. Many people want the yoga exercises only and then wonder why it's not that much fun, not at all relaxing, but just a lot of hard work. They then skip a lot of their classes.

 I do feel grumpy today :) The good stuff? New books and ARCs for review.

The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau, a comic novel

Do You Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul A. Offit, M.D. An "expose" about vitamins, supplements, herbs, oils, saunas, and more. He does say that some nontraditional methods for healing do work!

The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines by Shohreh Aghdashloo, a memoir by the Iranian American actress and Oscar nominee who left her home country and husband after the 1978 Iran revolution.

The Abomination by Jonathan Holt, a thriller set in Venice and written by an English literature grad from Oxford. The first in the Carnivia Trilogy.

Historical Novels:

The GI Bride, by British writer Iris Jones Simantel

Motherland by British writer William Nicholson, set in post-war England, France, India, and Jamaica.


A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzner, a legal thriller set in New York City. A high-profile attorney agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of murdering his pop star girlfriend.

Rese's Leap: An Island Mystery by Darcy Scott, set in Maine, the second in the series.

Matinicus: An Island Mystery by Darcy Scott, the first in the Maine series, honorable mention in the New England Book Festival contest.

Book tours coming up:
Tiger Babies Strike Back, a memoir by Kim Wong Keltner
Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I, historical novel by Sandra Byrd

Library books:

The Dance of the Seagull, an Inspector Montalbano mystery by Andrea Camilleri

The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie, the 15th in the detective series set in England

This should last me a while....What have you been reading?


  1. You have some intriguing titles...I'm curious about several of them. Wonder Bread Summer caught my eye first.



  2. I have been going to yoga for about eight months. It has slowly grown on me. I look forward to going and I try not to miss class.

  3. i'm reading tiger babies too. how can i not?

  4. Looks like a good list of new books to read. Hopefully you enjoy them! :)

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  5. I think that you have to totally immerse yourself in the yoga experience, why go if you're not open!! Loving the books that came into your home over the past week! Wasn't yesterday wonderful? And then today is cold, wet, and rainy..ugh!

  6. I think that it is great what you did at the end of the Yoga Class. For me I would want to keep up with the relaxation part.

    The Offit book sound like it is really along the lines of my thinking, of course certain alternative methods do work, but there is an enormous amount of phony and useless stuff out there.

  7. These all look FAB. Covers are awesome too.


    I am going to check out some of them.

    Have a great week.

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  8. I'm back with my Monday post....here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

    And I ordered The Wonder Bread Summer!

  9. Too early for juvenile cardinals. One way to spot them is the juvies have black beaks. Mated pairs will feed each other seeds. I have been trying for years to get a photo of that and my cardinals will not cooperate.

    I need to get back to a regular schedule of yoga. I do it at home with the DVDs but it's too easy to skip days when I'm not paying for a class.

    And the books... nice variety this week!

  10. My yoga studio has lots to say about gym yoga classes! Hope you have a great reading week!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my site. Enjoy your yoga classes and books!

  12. So many great books! We have Motherland and The Wonder Bread Summer in common. Happy reading.

  13. What a great week in books! The Wonder Bread Summer sounds good to me!

  14. so many great books! Enjoy! (and good luck with the Yoga - I am still looking for the right one for me)

  15. I can't believe that guy scoffed at you. I took a yoga class here at the university but she ran it like a studio class, thank goodness. I don't think I could do yoga at the gym. Too many nitwits there.

  16. You've got a lot of great reading to look forward to, Harvee!

    I only went to one yoga class at the gym. I found that the teacher talked too much for my liking. I wanted to go into the poses and stay that way without having to listen to constant direction.

  17. Great list of books! Enjoy and have a great week!

  18. What a great variety of books! Enjoy 'em. Have a great week.

  19. I am so ready for Spring!! I like the sound of that first book. I ahd many a Wonder Bread summer :)

  20. Great week in books! The Scott series looks like one I should check into!

    Have a great week!


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