Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Sunday Salon: So Much Stuff. So so much stuff.

To say I'm behind on everything feels like an understatement. I can't think of one area where I really feel on top of things. Part of it is summer...the heat zaps my energy, and I just want to sleep all day. Part of it is having had a fairly unsuccessful garage sale and part of it is putting way too much on my plate. :)

But I feel a corner up ahead....one I can turn. ;) Maybe. Anyway, here's a bunch of stuff I've been meaning to mention, but haven't yet.

1) CHEAP roundtable. This past week was the CHEAP roundtable at Edward Champion's blog. I was barely a part of it, but it makes for some good reading. The book was excellent in my opinion, and I will probably post something resembling a review here, soon. But you should really go read the roundtable. (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five) (By the way, how much do I love the roundtable idea? Think Ed would mind if I stole it?)

2) Big Ballads Blitz. Shelley is drumming up support for Stephanie Kuehnert's new book, by having a big contest! Pre-order the book, mail in your receipt, and you could be entered to win great prizes! Read all about it over at Write for a Reader. This is a great chance to support another YA author.

3) BBAW Award Nominations are open. There are approximately 417,000 categories....should be interesting to see what unfolds. ;) Please remember this is all in fun...the book blogging community wouldn't be the same if a single person was missing. Go vote!

4) I saw Harry Potter. Despite the fact that I was in the middle of a very stressful week, I had to go. I love my Harry Potter. And I enjoyed the movie as well. It never felt long to me. I have to admit I was disappointed by the ending. I always imagined it to be much more dramatic. Oh well. The funny thing about Harry Potter is I have to go straight away when the movie comes out, but I rarely ever watch the movies again. I adore the books, though. Completely.

5) Reading. Since this is the Sunday Salon, I feel as if I should talk about what I'm reading...I'm reading Ravens by George Dawes Green. This is the most bizarre book, b/c I don't want to put it down, and yet I can't say exactly why it's so compelling!

6) San Diego Comic-Con. Like a completely insane person, I'm going all four days. I have to admit, Comic-Con is mostly about the TV and books for me, but who knows. I'm beside myself with anticipation for the final LOST panel (sob!!!!!) And hope to get a good glimpse of upcoming shows. Any of you planning to be there? I'd love to try to meet up. If the blogging is sparse next week this is the reason why. I'll see how much I can do.

So...what's on your agenda for this week? What are you reading? Have you seen Harry Potter? If you were going to Comic-Con what would you most want to do? Pick one and answer! ;)




Amy

20 comments:

Lenore said...

Can't wait to hear your report on the LOST panel!

Jess said...

If you sneak into the Supernatural panel, say hi to Jensen for me! =)

mel ulm said...

My wife, 11 and 13 year old daughters and I saw Harry Potter Six at an IMAX Theater-The first ten or 15 minutes were in 3 D. We all loved the movie. I have read all the books at least twice and I love them. We saw a 3D preview for the forthcoming Christmas Carol Movie and it looked like it had great 3D effects. Maybe it will be a way to get the girls to read Dickens!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Yeah, my kids, my parents and I ran out and saw HP the day it opened. I love every movie, I loved every book, I am not that discriminating. Most likely, we will have to see the darned thing again when we leave Indiana and get back home.

I don't think you have any good reasons for feeling bad about being behind. You are such a busy person, and truly one of the leaders of our community. You set the example for the rest of us! I am quite impressed with you, no matter what you do or don't read.

Because I am on vacation, and hanging at my parens' house out in the country, I am reading alot. I just finished The Little Stranger on audio, finished Spies of Warsaw (for blog tour at the end of the month) and Interpreter of Maladies (my selection for Jennifer's 4R Challenge). I keep plowing ahead as fast as I can, because I know when I get home, I will hit a freaking brick wall!

Nan said...

Please post about the Lost panel when you get back. Have fun at Comic Con!

Beth F said...

I haven't gotten to HP yet. Probably sometime in the coming week.

I am zipping through audiobooks right now, but my print reading is slacking -- not good because I have tours and book club coming up!

Brittany said...

I just saw Harry Potter last night and was pleasantly surprised by how funny it was - I laughed WAY more than I expected to. I've only read the book once (and quickly, right after it came out), so I didn't notice many of the differences from the book. But the people I saw it with felt like you did about the ending - they all were pretty upset by the things that had been cut.

Debi said...

Amy, Amy, Amy...how on Earth do you do it all?!!! If I was you, I'd think about the amazing amount of things you do get done, not about the things you haven't.

As for me, my week will be filled with soccer games, a soccer party, orchestra camp, karate class...and probably very little reading. :(

Suzanne said...

Today is Harry Potter day for our house! I can't wait! Thanks for the 'warning' about the ending... I'll try to keep my enthusiasm in check. I have loved the books and the movies have not disappointed me!

Have a wonderful day!
Suzanne

Tif said...

Yep, saw Harry Potter on opening day and enjoyed it, though I was disappointed in a few things, including the ending. In fact, I posted a review if you are interested . . . http://tiftalksbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/movie-review-harry-potter-and-half.html . . . I own all the movies and love to put them in on a rainy day while I clean, do crafts, etc. I tend to enjoy them more after the first time. I'm usually too critical the first time around and the others I guess I feel that I don't have to be. I've already done the critiquing, so I just sit back and enjoy for pure entertainment sake!

As for LOST, I'm very excited for you! Unfortunately I won't read it! I'm still a season behind and don't want any spoilers!!!! I'm hoping once I get all caught up that I will come back and join in your LOST discussions late!

Kelly @ The Novel Bookworm said...

Really? Lost is at its last season already? Say it ain't so???? I hope they add another season. I just don't see how it's possible to wrap it all up in one.

Sheila DeChantal said...

I too am a BIG HARRY POTTER fan! :) I went opening night at midnight and loved it! Got home around 3 a.m. I am hoping to read this book again next weekend while I am away for a girls weekend at our cabin on the north shore.

Which brings me too- there is a big book sale in the area I will be in next weekend and I am so looking forward to searching for treasures! :)

Dani in NC said...

I've read all the Harry Potter books and I rushed out to see the first three movies, but then I lost interest. IMHO, the movies are like a slide show for the fans of the books, so that we can see our favorite books come to life. Viewers who haven't read the books (like my husband and kids) enjoy all the special effects but don't understand the significance of some actions; I end up explaining the stuff that was left out. I'll probably watch the rest of the movies eventually when they show up on TV on a rainy Saturday afternoon, but I'm in no rush.

bermudaonion said...

You have been busy! I loved Ravens - we're actually going to one of George Dawes Green's storytelling events Thursday night!!

Gavin said...

The Comic-Con sounds fantastic and I am excited to join BBAW this year. Thank you so much for organizing it!

heidenkind said...

Pick only one to answer? :o Well, I'm not going to comicon, but if I was I would be really psyched about seeing The Vampire Diaries pilot. Lucky lucky you. I hope you can catch it and then tell us all what you thought of it!

Meghan said...

You know, I'm the same way about the HP movies. I can take them or leave them. I get excited to see them the first time and I own the first four, but I don't really watch them again. I love the books, though, and keep wanting to reread them. I have done so at least three times for all but the last book, but not in the past couple of years, so I really want to do that again. Not with so many review books though.

Debbie's World of Books said...

I didn't realize Comic Con had much on books. I should have asked my manager before she quit last week. Her hubby designs toys and they go to ComCon every year to sell them. She did ask if I wanted her to pick up anything. Now I wish I knew what I was missing out on :)

wisteria said...

I haven't seen HP movie. I've been painting and reading Inkheart, and American Lion. American Lion is for ER on Library Thing, but also for my American History grad course. I love this book, but it is packed full of history..takes a while to get through it.

Jenny Girl said...

If Torchwood or Doctor Who were going to be there I would choose those, then LOST.
Have fun, take pics, and enjoy yourself sweetie! I'll be with you in spirit.

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