The Sunday Salon – Rory’s Dad is Arthur Weasley!

If you don’t watch Doctor Who, this will mean nothing to you. Sorry in advance. Anyway, Rory’s day is Arthur Weasley! OK, Filch was in last night’s episode too. Really, mixing two of my favorite things, Harry Potter and Doctor Who — does it get better than that in TV watching land? The correct answer is no, no it does not.

Although, I may have to stop watching Doctor Who with my husband. He doesn’t get it and says silly things like, “Why are there dinosaurs on a space ship? That makes no sense.” *big sigh* I don’t want to ruin the episode for anyone who didn’t see it but I do have to say something about Amy and Rory. We all know they’re leaving (that’s not a spoiler people!) and that’s making me sad enough because I like the Ponds but then there’s this scene at the end where the Doctor is standing behind them and looks at them so sadly. He knows it’s coming and, ack, it’s making me sad. Oh, the life of the Doctor, and the companions too. If you don’t watch, here.

So as not to make this all about Doctor Who, cuz I could, let’s talk books. I read books this week. And what were those books you ask? Let me tell you.

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma — the sequel to The Map of Time. It was good and I need to write up a review today but I’m having trouble getting starting because there’s so much going on in the book and being honest, I don’t know where to start.

Abominable by William Meikle — a short story about the British mountain climber Mallory and what really happened to him. It was fun. I bought another one of Meikle’s books, Berserker, which I thought would be a good read for October. He does an excellent job with the weird creatures.

The New World by Patrick Ness — I’ve yet to read the Chaos Walking trilogy. I know. I’m the last as I tend to be with things like this. You all love it and I want to love it too but I’m not sure so I stay away. This one was a free short story download and I thought why not. I loved it. And now I think I need to see if my library has the others. You may all be right on this one.

I, on a last minute whim, decided to sign up for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I’m a little torn about this. I want to participate but I have mixed feeling about it too. On the one hand, it’s great to find new blogs and connect with people but I don’t know how much time I’m going to have to read everything and comment. Maybe I’ll just answer a question or two and that will be it. At least they got rid of the awards this year. It’s not that I don’t appreciate things like that but they went to the same people every year and why bother if that’s what’s going to happen. Not that I don’t think those bloggers deserve the awards because they do, but it just didn’t mean much. Anyway, there you have it. I have no idea why I’m rambling on about this so I’m just going to stop.

Last week I was super productive on the blog front. So productive I managed to schedule posts through the week of October 1. No, really, I did. I even amazed myself. That means there will be reviews! Now, if I can keep this up, all will be well.

That’s all I’m going to ramble about for now. Enjoy the day and happy reading.

The Sunday Salon – What’s your favorite book? Let’s all play along edition.

Over Labor Day weekend, we were at a friend’s house (It was a lovely afternoon if you’re curious.  You might not be but I’m putting it out there.) and we got on the topic of books.  I didn’t bring it up.  The book blogger stayed silent. 🙂 What an excellent title for a book!  Anyway, this person asked what books I’d recommend.  And here’s what happened in my head…

“Oh, what to pick?  What to pick?  No, seriously, what to pick?!  Don’t panic.  You read like, what, 100 books last year, just pick one.  Oh, crap.  I don’t remember any now.  How can that be!  Crap. Crap.  Just pick one!!!”

Yea, so, can you tell I don’t like that question.

You might be wondering how that can be since I have this little space of my own where I (OK, on the days I get out of bed early enough to post something.) talk about books.  What I like.  What I didn’t like.  And yet, when someone asks me a perfectly normal question about books, I can’t answer it.  My head goes all…

“What did I like last year?  Do I even remember the last few books I read?  Ah, nope.  I don’t.  Don’t remember what I wore yesterday either…  Ok…must make a list.  Put ginkgo on the list too.  Isn’t that stuff good for memory?”

I know what you’re actually thinking right now.  She’s slightly crazy.  No, really, I’m not.

You see, I’ve decided, the reason I’m not good at the above question is because I can’t pick one single book to say — “That was the best thing I read.”  Because that wouldn’t be true.  It’s not simply that I read so many wonderful books (OK, some books are better than others.) but I read so many *kinds* of books that to pick one seems wrong.  Let’s face it, we’re always seeing reviews for a book that another blogger loved and we go out and get it and find ourselves disappointed by it.  Sometimes so much so we don’t even finish and sometimes can’t wait to get the book out of the house because it was so disappointing you don’t want to look at it for fear it might ruin your reading karma.

What I need to do is ask the question, “What kind of books do you like to read?”  That way I can say wonderful things like, “Mysteries.  I read this fabulous book called Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran recently.  Takes place in New Orleans…” and sound so wonderful and sophisticated that even though this is going on in my head:

“Oh, I so hate this question…”

I won’t sound like an idiot.  Yes, it’s good to have a plan.  I should also make that list…is ginkgo good for memory?

P.S. – I’m feeling the need to file this under something like things I should keep to myself so people don’t think badly of me but hey, I’ll get over it.  Embarrassment only lasts a little while.  Right?

Moving on.  Tomorrow starts Book Blogger Appreciation Week.  I didn’t sign up for the interview swap which I wanted to do this year and didn’t register either.  Bad blogger I am.  Anyway, go here to find out more.  Wait, you probably already know all this but do it anyway.

BBAW Friday—Future Treasures

The final BBAW question is about future treasures.

We’ve been visiting each other and getting to know each other better…now is your chance to share what you enjoyed about BBAW and also what your blogging goals are for the next year!

This is so unoriginal, but I enjoyed visiting a lot of new to me blogs.  I loved reading the interviews (forgot to signup for one this year) and seeing how everyone landed in the book blogging pool.

As for goals, well, I really don’t know.  I started my blog to share my thoughts on books (my husband, patient though he is with me, couldn’t stand listening to me talk about what I was reading anymore J) and haven’t strayed too far from my original premise.  I don’t accept many ARCs, just a few here and there, and read only books that I find interesting.  The list of TBR books I keep has grown exponentially in the last year but I consider that a good thing.

I have been thinking lately of changing the look of my blog though and I know I need to update some links and pages I have been neglecting.  Sorry challenges page. Other than that, I don’t have huge plans.  I didn’t start my blog with any intentions of making it into something else or to find any work with it.  I do book reviews for another site (The Book Reporter) and was doing that several months before I began my blog. I was enjoying it immensely and thought if I can do reviews for another group, I can do them for myself too and that’s sort of how it got started.  I never did, and still don’t, have any big plans other than to make it a place where I share my thoughts on what I’m reading and some odd occasional things about life that interrupt my reading time.

This week has been great fun.  I’ve found some wonderful new blogs to follow, added more books to my TBR, and learned a few things as well.  It’s been a good BBAW 2010 and I’m glad I got the chance to participate this year.

BBAW Thursday—Forgotten Treasure

Today’s BBAW question is about forgotten treasures.

Sure we’ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction.  This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!

Wait, you want me to pick just one book?  Hmm… All right, here goes, one book that I think everyone should consider reading is…

I feel that I should go with a classic but I also feel it should be something readers will be familiar with.  My favorite book is Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen and I feel like that would be a safe pick but should this be a risky pick, like say, The Road by Cormac McCarthy?  He can turn off just as many readers as he excites and The Road is not exactly friendly in terms of subject matter but his writing is amazing.

Maybe I’m over thinking this one too much and this post in turning into some odd stream of conscience thing that I don’t know what to do with.  So, thinking about a book that I read and loved, not just enjoyed, but loved and re-read whole sections of as I was going along was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I think that is a book everyone should consider reading.

The Sunday Salon and How the World Cup is Stopping Me from Reading

Did I ever think there would be anything that would stop me from reading? No.

Have I found something that has stopped me from reading? Yes.

Am I being dramatic? A bit.

I haven’t actually stopped reading but the time I would normally spend curled up with a book has instead been spent in front of the TV watching proper football. My husband loves his soccer, and I do too. We even took a half day off of work on the opening day so we could procure bar seats to watch a game. 🙂 Yesterday, the US and England played and we glued our butts to the couch, with the butts of several friends as well, to watch our boys. All I have to say is, thank god for the fumbling hands of the English goalie. But, hey, a goal is a goal! Today was much the same and I only spent a short time with my book. I expect the next few weeks to sort of be the same. So don’t be too surprised if you end up hearing about a game instead of a book. 😉

I did want to take a minute to talk about Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) before I wrap up this week. I started my blog last August, shortly before BBAW 2009, and was amazed by the sense of community it created and the sharing that went on. I was blown away. This year, I think I will register for it and see if I can participate a bit. It’s always hard to know how busy the summer is going to be but I think this will be worth it. If you’re interested, click on the logo below for more info.

There are several things I wanted to talk about today but since it’s a late post for me already, I’m going to hold off and post a few of the bookish things I have in mind later in the week.

Have a good one!