Dec 30, 2018

Sunday Salon: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year coming in a few days! Wishing everyone the best in 2019 and hoping it will be full of good surprises in books and reading and gardening, and, and......

I haven't been reading much over the holidays, what with decorating, visiting, sending cards and packages, and so on. I hope it was an equally festive time for you.

The library is my greatest source of  books these days, though I still welcome the galleys from publishers who wish for reviews. My TBR pile is waiting.

I bought Michele Obama's book, Becoming, and am reading it slowly but enjoying reading about her growing up in the city I lived in for so many years, south side Chicago.

Becoming
Becoming,
I started the ebook of Murakami's Killing Commendatore, which I am enjoying even though it has magical elements. I don't always like these in books, but Murakami makes it work,
Killing Commendatore
Killing Commendatore
Then there is Harry Potter in French from the library, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, to improve my reading in that language.
A l'ecole des sorciers
I finished The Museum of Modern Love, based on fictional characters surrounding a real life art event at MoMa, when for 75 days Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present was presented.  It confused me a bit as it was both surreal and true to life. 
The Museum of Modern Love
The Museum of Modern Love
I am also in the middle of  American By Day, a book whose title and author caught my attention. The novel is about a Norwegian woman who sets out to find her long lost brother in the U.S.A. and who confronts differences in culture and habits when she arrives here.
American by Day
American By Day
I have more than enough reading for the rest of the year and beyond. How about you?

Memes:  
The Sunday Post  hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer,
It's Monday, What Are You Reading? by Book Date.

14 comments:

Bryan G. Robinson said...

I'm sure I'll eventually get to Michelle Obama's book. My wife and I both are looking forward to it.

Reading in French? Impressive. :) I liked American by Day, which I read this year, but not as much as I liked the first one, Norwegian by Night.

I also have more than enough reading for the rest of the year. I already have about a dozen picked out, which should last me a little while anyway.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I started Becoming this week, too, and also slowly, in between other books. I love her writing and get lost in the great stories.

I like the look of American By Day.

Enjoy your week, and Happy New Year! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Happy New Year to you as well. I loved the audio of Becoming! She is such a class act. I just selected the audio of Killing Commodore as I love his audio versions. It's a long one though so not sure when I will begin it.

Mystica said...

I will get to the Obama book - eventually.
All the best for the New Year

Beth F said...

What a fun, fun way to practice your French!

Tea said...

I am glad you loved Michelle Obama's memoir. You always have a good list. Happy New Year.

Kathryn T said...

I bought the Obama book in hardback and audio, have yet to read it but am so looking forward to it and have heard her speak in interviews about the book.

Kathy Martin said...

I am interested in Michelle Obama's book even though I almost never read nonfiction. I'll have to see if my local library has it when I can fit it in. Come see my week here. Happy reading and happy New Year!

Sue Jackson said...

So many good books for you! I have heard great things about Becoming and want to read it, too - or probably listen on audio.

I just read a review of The Museum of Modern Love...and yeah, it sounded confusing and surreal!

So impressed you are reading Harry Potter in French!

Enjoy all your books and happy new year!

Sue

Book By Book

pussreboots said...

Enjoy your books. Happy New Year. My last update for the year

Donna H said...

I use to watch the Harry Potter movies in French to practice understanding the spoken language. See what I read this month Girl Who Reads

Greg said...

Happy New Year to you, and happy reading to start off the New Year! :)

Sallyb said...

Happy new year to you and readers everywhere. Harry Potter in French? Be still my heart. I'd love to try it in Italian - with hand gestures.

Northwoman said...

It sounds like you had a nice change of pace for the holidays. You are reading lots of books at once. I can only do one book and one audiobook. I hope you have a wonderful new year with lots of great reads! Anne - Books of My Heart