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Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Sunday Salon for February 1

Wow, February already? January really picked up for reading for me. I managed to finish five books:

  1. Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer
  2. Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  4. The Book of Vice by Peter Sagal
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I also went ahead and abandoned two:
The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America's Most Haunted House
Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America's Haunted Inns and Hotels
both by Frances Kermeen

These were both from one of my Hachette Book wins and while the idea of both of them appealed to me, I couldn't get past the writing. I read the first few chapters of Ghostly Encounters and it was badly overwritten with some anecdotes ending abruptly. I have too many books to push through something that annoys me, so off they go.

Yesterday morning was beautiful here. The boys and I headed off to the library at 9. Our library has a coffee shop, so I had a latte, the Pirate had a steamer, and the Bug had some Teddy Grahams. Then on to the New Release section where a 5 minute glance netted me the following:

One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, The World's Greatest Poker Player by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson
Ten Moments That Shook the Sports World by Stan Isaacs
Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature by Leonard Marcus
Horace Greeley, Champion of American Freedom by Robert C Williams
Daddy Needs a Drink by Robert Wilder
Why We Read What We Read: A Delightfully Opinionated Journey Through Contemporary Bestsellers by Lisa Adams and John Heath

and one from the Young Adult Section:
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Our library has a large bird cage with 20 or so birds in it, that the Bug spent a good 20 minutes quietly (!!) observing. We picked out 4 or 5 books from the kids section which have already left the library bag so I can't list them. I already started Why We Read What We Read and I think it's gonna be interesting.

Then, since it was so pretty out (almost 60!) the boys and I left the car at the library took a stroll through downtown. We then met up with Mike for lunch. The afternoon went downhill, so we'll skip that and head on into today!

This morning I had a moment to sew, which I blogged here. It snowed for an hour and we got about an inch, then then sun came out and melted most of it. I think some KFC is in order before naps and then some quality time with a book.

What's on your agenda for Sunday?


  1. It hard to believe it's already February. I feel like January barely got started!

    We read the same amount of books this past month. :-) I am sorry though you had two clunkers. I guess it's bound to happen and at least you didn't pay for them.

    A library with a birdcage! I wish I could see that.

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on "Why We Read What We Read". I got that one from my Secret Santa and am looking forward to reading it. I've heard mixed reviews about it, but I can't help but try it for myself.

    Today I am planning to finish up with the laundry, catch up on some of those TV shows that were recorded this past week and hopefully fit in some reading time as well. Riley needs a walk and the weather is perfect for it. I may do that as soon as I'm done here.

    I hope you have a great week, Lisa!

  2. I had such high hopes for my reading in 2009 and I started with Wally Lamb's book The Moment I First Believed and guess what? I am still reading it. I think that the 700 pages has just overwhelmed me. My goal for the week is to FINISH it. I have so many books that I want to read but I am too far into this one to give it up. Happy reading.

  3. yay for Katherines! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

    And's crazy that January is over.

  4. We have some people coming over for dinner and I'm trying to get on top of the stuff I have going on this week for school and work. Sometimes the weekends are EXHAUSTING! :)

  5. Your library sounds totally awesome! We have a small branch of a big system and it's not that great. I think people use it more for the computers than for the books.

  6. Sounds like a great day--minus the snow. I can't believe it's February either, but it looks like your January went really well.

  7. I can't believe January is over! And that I can't get copies of John Green's books here in England!

  8. It sounds like you had a great month of reading in January. Hope February is good for you as well :)

  9. Your library has a coffee shop?!? I'm jealous! My library wasn't even open today.

  10. Just read your review for Enchanted Inc and I agree. I read it a while back and while I enjoyed it while I was reading it, I didn't feel the urge to check out the sequels.

    I loved your haul from the library! Minders of Make-Believe looks really interesting.

  11. (I'm losing track of who I've replied to where!)

    Literary Feline, Why We Read is a lot different from what I expected. More scholarly somehow. Its got some moments of great humor but it's not going quick for me.

    Melanie, I've been scared to tackle any long books in years. I keep picking ones about 300 pages out of fear that I'll never finish anything.

    Nymeth, I can't wait to read Katherines, but I'd rather have gotten Paper Towns.

    Janssen, EVERY weekend is exhausting. I try to fit in so much stuff that it wears us out and makes us all cranky.

    Kathy, every time I've been to ours the computers are full. It's a pretty nice place, they've recently remodeled a lot and the book selection seems pretty good. Granted, I only ever look at new releases in the adult section. Plus, coffee shop!

    Trish, the snow came and went pretty quick, didn't ruin the day at all.

    Michelle, if this wasn't a library book I'd send it on to you!

    Sam, February is starting slow! I need more dedication.

    softdrink, it does have a coffee shop! It's hit or miss on the quality sometimes though.

    Belle, the make believe one does look interesting. It also looks DENSE.


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