Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunday Salon

This is my first Sunday Salon! I wasn't really sure how to "do it" so I figured I'd just roll along and if it was wrong some kind blogger would come along and tell me!


  • Just last night in bed I finished Prentice Alvin by Orson Scott Card. I liked it so much better than book II, which I didn't like at all. I really enjoy this one, even more than book one. I have a busy day today but the review should be up soon. I'm reading Card for the Cardathon Challenge and the Series Challenge.

  • Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez--awesome. I gave it a 5/5. My Review is Here.

  • Messenger by Lois Lowry--decent. I gave it a 3.5/5. My Review is Here. I'm reading books by Lowry for the Themed Reading Challenge. Lowry is my theme

WHAT I BOUGHT THIS WEEK!--This is always so fun

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Book of Splendor by Frances Sherwood
  • Chasing Shakespeares by Sarah Smith
  • The Other Side of Silence by Andre Brink (gave away)
  • Kingston by Starlight by Christopher John Farley (gave away)
  • The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud (gave away)
  • Immortal by Traci L. Slatton
  • The Curse of the Romanov's by Staton Rabin


  • House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. I'm reading this novel for several challenges: The Banned Booked Challenge, A ~ Z Reading Challenge, Spring Reading Thing 2008, Orbis Terrarum, Decades Challenge, and Book Around the World. I'm a quadruple dipper for challenges!
WHAT I GAVE AWAY--I finally saw my friends and was able to give them their books for "Buy a Friend a Book Week" (and I didn't even read them even though I wanted too!)

  • The Other Side of Silence by Andre Brink
  • The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
  • Kingston by Starlight by Christopher John Farley


    A~Z Reading Challenge: 19 / 52
    Banned Book Challenge: 3 / 5
    Book Around the World: ongoing, but I've read 13 books from 9 countries
    Book Awards Reading Challenge: 9 / 12
    Cardathon Challenge: 3 / 6
    Chunkster Challenge: COMPLETED 5 / 4
    Decades Challenge: 4 / 8
    Eponymous Challenge: COMPLETED 4 /4
    Historical Reading: Challenge 0 / 6
    In Their Shoes Challenge: 3 / 6
    Just4thehelluvit Challenge: 2
    Nineteenth Century Women Writers Challenge: 0 / 4
    Non-Fiction Five Challenge: 0 / 5 (challenge not started yet)
    Notable Books Challenge: 1 / 3
    Orange Prize Project: 0 / 2
    Orbis Terrarum Challenge: 2 / 9
    Series Challenge: 3 / 6
    Spring Reading Challenge: COMPLETED 11 / 11
    Spring Reading Thing: 6 / 9
    Suspense & Thriller Reading Challenge: 3 / 12 (but only need 6 for 2008)
    Themed Reading Challenge: 3 / 4
    What's In A Name Challenge: 4 / 6
    Young Adult Challenge: 8 / 12

    Books read in 2008 = 23
    Pages read in 2008 = 7,723


    Anonymous said...

    Welcome to the Salon. Believe me, there are no 'rules' we just get together and share what has been going on in our reading week. Your list of purchases frightens me. Where do you put them all? I've had to start moving books out to the garage as it is. Do enjoy 'The Secret Garden' though. It is an absolute timeless classic.

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    Juli said...

    table talk--our new house has an finished attic JUST FOR ME!!!!! I've been scrounging garage sales for book cases.

    Beth, let me think a second...ummm...OK!!!!! I'm running to a book club right now. I'll email you!

    Imani said...

    Welcome to the Salon! Yes, we have no rules; *whisper* some of our members have even been known to post on unbookish subjects.

    I haven't bought many books in quite some time (trying to cut down you know) so I'm envious of your list this week. I loved "The Secret Garden" as a kid but I'm almost sure, now, that I read an abbreviated version so I've been thinking of trying the real thing.

    bethany said...

    You are doing so well on your reading, you did three books this week!?! That is so amazing!

    I see that you have also completed challenges as well!!! Great work!

    Oh, and I see that you have bought very good books, or books that I want to buy at the bookstore...i love buying is SO addictive!

    Mrs. B. said...

    Welcome to the Salon! I think you did a fantastic job. Although I am a newcommer as maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. ;)
    Love all the challenges you're keeping up with. Delightful.

    Literary Feline said...

    I'm so glad to see you are joining the Sunday Salon! It looks like you had a good reading week. I hope you have a great one this week as well.

    Juli said...

    Just so eveyone knows I have a broken foot and I'm not allowed to go to work! I'm stuck at home and can't really move to well. So I just sit around and read! (I know... the horror!!!!) That is the ONLY way I'd ever read three books in one week. I could never teach (my job) and do it at the same time. Now summer vacation...

    Thanks to everyone for visiting. I'll have to start making my rounds after my Vicodin induced nap. My foot still gets sore after I've been up awhile--I had a non-book, book club today.

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