The Sunday Salon

So . . . I am a little late to the game today!  Springing forward really screwed me up!  I woke up late and then stayed in bed for over an hour reading.  Then I moved my reading to the bathtub!  It’s now about 3pm here and I just now got dressed and started making lunch. 

I had a pretty good reading week.  I read four books.

Frederica, Georgette Heyer

Chelsea Chelsea, Bang Bang, Chelsea Handler

The Mortician Diaries, June Nadle

Push, Sapphire

Four books is pretty good for me, although I spent a lot more time reading during the week plus three of the four were pretty short as well.  I am now reading The Cradle, by Patrick Somerville, which is also fairly short, so it’s possible that I may finish it today or tomorrow.

I also acquired some new books this week.

This one came courtesy of Hatchette.  Mine actually has a different cover but I had trouble finding it.

Both of these came from the library and I am so pumped for both of them!

Then my fiance was nice enough to buy me some books from Barnes & Noble. 

I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

The Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you are all having a great day so far.  I just got back from brunch at Abuelos.  I gorged myself–perfect way to start a Sunday!  I got a lot of reading done this week (yesterday especally!) so I hope to keep up my streak today and get some more reading time in. 

This week I read:

Forever, Judy Blume

Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout

French Milk, Lucy Knisley

Slam, Nick Hornby

I am currently in the middle of Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.   Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe the book just hasn’t picked up yet, but I am not sure how I feel about the book so far.

The books I got this week from the libabry are:

Last Night is Twisted River, John Irving

Nana, Emila Zola

Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde

Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ross King

I also got a review book–Roses, byLeila Meacham–from Hatchette.  I am thinking it will be a great book to take with me to Florence in a few weeks because it is long and (hopefully) captivating. 

Anyone have any input on the above books?–I’d love to hear it!

The Sunday Salon

Once again, I feel like my week in reading was pretty weak.  That seems to be my mantra for February.  I finished one book this week–Passing, by Nella Larsen–and I am close to finishing the third part of East of Eden, by John Steinbeck.  I also read fifty pages of The Shack and decided it just wasn’t worth it.  The writing was so contrived and I just didn’t want to read it.  So I didn’t.

The good news is that there are really no plans for today.  I have some general housework to do, but other than that my day will be devoted to reading.

Despite the fact that my reading has been lagging, I decided to aquire some more books this week.  Firstly, I bought Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese.  The reviews I read for it portrayed it as a phenomenal book, so I purchased it. 

I also got two review copies this week from Hatchette.  The first, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker, is a book I have had on my list for over a year.  It will also count towards the Deb challenge I am currently signed up for.  The other book I am super excited about!

I love Chelsea Handler.  I think she is absolutely hysterical.  When her last book was published, I was lucky enough to get to meet her.  As soon as the book arrived in the mail, I immediately texted my family members because I knew they would be insanely jealous!

I also got quite a few library books.

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher (this is a re-check out)

Secondand Smoke, by Patti Friedmann (for my trip to New Orleans)

The Last Madame: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, by Christine Wiltz (also for my trip to New Orleans)

Forever, by Judy Blume (for the Shelf Discovery challenge)

Murder of a Medici Princess, by Caroline P Murphy (for my trip to Florence)

Signora da Vinci, by Robin Maxwell (also for my trip to Florence)

Have you read any of these?  If so, what are your thoughts?

Have a great Sunday everyone!



Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.

Last week I was singing my own praises–tooting my own horn, if you will.  Saying I had been so good about not buying books.  Well . . . I had a relapse.  Need I say more?  Here’s what I bought:

Anyone else get anything good this week?

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as many Mailbox Monday posts as before.  If you assumed it was because I have been behaving myself, you would be correct.  My goal in 2010 is to try to focus more on the review copies and books that I have purchased before accepting more review copies or buying more books.  I have been overloaded recently.  So I have been doing pretty well on that front.  However, my fiance and I went to Target the other night and, as always, I couldn’t pass the book section without stopping to peruse a little bit.  Finally, my fiance looked at me and said Fine, you can buy one book if you want.  Honestly, I didn’t know what to do–my eyes glanced furiously over all the titles I coveted and quickly, I snatched up this one.

I have seen it on some great reviews for it recently on other blogs, plus the copy I bought has a little sticker on the front that says Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist, so I figured it must be legit.

What about you?  Been behaving yourself?!

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.

I am glad I am actually able to post this on Monday!  I had quite an eventful holiday with buying books and also receiving them.

The first book I got from the publisher for review.  I am really looking forward to it.

The following books I got as gifts.

And then with giftcards (and if I am being honest, I actually spent way more than the amount of the giftcards!), I bought . . .

Did anyone else get a lot of books this past week as a result of the holiday?