Sunday Salon—October 16, 2011

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It’s been pretty and cool today. Perfect tea weather. I finished up reading [amazon_link id=”1466273089″ target=”_blank” ]The Man with Two Left Feet[/amazon_link] by P. G. Wodehouse via DailyLit last night (review). I started up with [amazon_link id=”1439169462″ target=”_blank” ]Anna Karenina[/amazon_link] by Leo Tolstoy. I’m not going to be able to finish it for the read-a-long at Unputdownables, but it seems like an appropriate time to finally read. Come on Russians: don’t disappoint me this time. Anna Karenina is yet another classic I’m not sure I’d pick up if not for DailyLit.

I’m still reading [amazon_link id=”0385534639″ target=”_blank” ]The Night Circus[/amazon_link] by Erin Morgenstern. You might recall my daughter and I were arguing over it. My daughter won, mainly because I downloaded the iBook sample that Starbucks provided as their first e-book Pick of the Week. I was able to read up to about page 91, so it’s a pretty substantial sample. If you can’t tell that far in whether to continue or not, then the sample size just doesn’t matter.

I’m still listening to Juliet Stevenson’s recording of [amazon_link id=”9626343613″ target=”_blank” ]Sense and Sensibility[/amazon_link] by Jane Austen. My poll results indicate that both of the two people who voted think I should read [amazon_link id=”140222267X” target=”_blank” ]Willoughby’s Return[/amazon_link] by Jane Odiwe for my other book for the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge. Only problem is I don’t have it. Yet. The wait list for it on PaperBackSwap is long, too.

This Sunday I also watched the final episode of season 3 of [amazon_link id=”B001AQR3LC” target=”_blank” ]The Tudors[/amazon_link]. Did they ever cast a perfect vapid teenager for Catherine Howard, or what? I find it hard to believe Joss Stone as a “Flanders mare,” though.

I’ve been listening to this Austin City Limits playlist (Facebook app) that’s available for free on iTunes. It’s a great playlist. My favorites are “You Are Not Alone” by Mavis Staples, “Devil Knows You’re Dead” by Delta Spirit, “Don’t Gotta Work it Out” by Fitz and the Tantrums, and “Lost in My Mind” by The Head and the Heart. I have say that “WHALE” by Yellow Ostrich is pretty catchy once it gets going, though I thought it was kind of odd at the start. I’ve actually been listening to Spotify quite a bit and made this playlist full of great women artists.

We saw [amazon_link id=”B00275EHJG” target=”_blank” ]Toy Story 3[/amazon_link] at movie night at my kids’ school on Friday. Dylan was especially entranced. My favorite comment? When Dylan said Ken’s hair looked like Justin Bieber’s. He so rarely makes references to pop culture, and we don’t often get such a window into what he’s thinking. Saturday was the Taste of Roswell in the town square. We ate lots of great food, and the weather was gorgeous. The music was too loud. I think I’d be just as happy if the organizers left music out of the event altogether. Last night I stayed up too late watching [amazon_link id=”B000UJCALI” target=”_blank” ]The Shining[/amazon_link], which was dumb because that movie scares the bejesus out of me, and then I was the only one awake and scared in the dark. All told, we’ve had a great weekend. I’m not ready for it to be over. Unfortunately, today means laundry and getting ready for the week ahead. It’s my last short week due to Jewish holidays, but I’m going to a conference on Tuesday and Wednesday that I’m not thrilled about attending.

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Salon—October 16, 2011

  1. I've been trying to slow down (though not very successfully). I think I want to read Night Circus next.

    Love to have you stop by my blog when you get a chance!

    1. My daughter sure read it fast. I have heard wonderful things about it.

      I have never actually read The Shining, but I have seen the movie several times. I used to live in Colorado, and the Stanley Hotel is famous. I stayed up reading the Wikipedia article about the hotel and discovered they play The Shining in a continuous loop on one of their stations. The circumstances behind King's inspiration for that novel are CREEPY!

  2. found your blog through your husband's comedy and then blog…..(so what, yep) But after reading a couple of your blog entries, I think I may have found someone who can answer a question for me…

    I've been looking for a book club to join. I don't like to read the "usual" and it really wouldn't matter as I live in the sticks in Arkansas. It's not like there are 18 book clubs to choose from…. So of the online ones you've mentioned…..Is there a "best". For say, someone who prefers non-fiction, comparative theology, some historical fiction…as long as it's STRICTLY fact based, no Lace and Lust type Fabio type books….etc.?

    1. Hi Kim. I would say that it depends on what you want to do. If you want to do online discussions, joining Goodreads or Shelfari (or both) and picking groups that appeal to you might be the way to go. Most of the groups I'm in do book clubs, though I seldom participate (no time). You can almost always find one that will appeal to you.

      If you want to sit down and meet in person, then the local library might be a good resource for finding like-minded individuals.

  3. Thanks! Will check out those websites. I've tried the local library and they lean towards Danielle Steele…haha.

    Good luck with your blog!

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