Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Sunday Salon -- All the Things I'm Thinking About

It's Sunday and I DON'T have tomorrow off so that means....the end of the weekend, already! But on the bright side, traffic should be smooth sailing tomorrow. (but on the downside I just realized NO MAIL!!! :(

I've been reading quite a bit this week, I read A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley (loved), Screen Play by Chris Coppernoll (didn't love), and I am now currently reading two books..Veracity by Laura Bynum which is a sort of dystopian/post-apocalyptic/fantasy novel. I wasn't digging it at first, but I'm starting to really get into it now, and The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark which I am loving so much I am only allowing myself to read a chapter a day. (it's nonfiction so this actually works out pretty well)

So that means I have to write a lot of reviews.

Also I went to see The Lovely Bones. I sort of hated The Lovely Bones the book, I mean there were aspects I really really liked, but there were other parts I really hated. When I first began to see the trailers for the film, I thought the story might work better on screen, and I think, personally, it really did. And I think a lot of that is due to the fact that the film eliminated a lot of the stuff I didn't like from the book. What a weird review from a bibliophile, eh? It's not my favorite movie or anything, but it was stylistically beautiful and apart from the fact that Susie always talked in this sort of ethereal voice and I can't decide what I think about Mark Wahlberg as an actor, it was pretty good.

So many links to share!!!

First of all, there IS going to be a Book Blogger Convention this year following Book Expo America. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then please go visit the official website for the Book Blogger Convention. Last year at BEA, we didn't feel we got enough time just to gab with our fellow bloggers. And let me tell you something. There is immense reward in connecting with your fellow bloggers in real life. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is, and how awesome all these people really are. You know how all your friends and family in real life don't really get the blog? Well here's your chance to relate, identify, commiserate, encourage, and find out that....YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And since I happen to think that book bloggers are pretty much the coolest people ever I'm looking forward to all the bookish, bloggish chat we shall be doing.

Also, two of my favorite links about Haiti.

Writers talk about the books they were born to write, but what about the books you as a reader are born to read? I love this post from Patrick at Vroman's and also I suggest you add his stellar blog to your feedreader if you haven't already.

I have never, once in my life thought that I would be interested in reading Virginia Woolf but I've come to suspect that Jason might be able to convince me of anything.

Also, Beth Kephart's fall book, Dangerous Neighbors has a cover and synopsis! I absolutely can't wait for this one!

That's going to be it for now, but I hope to finally get my challenges post up sometime soon! Have a fabulous Sunday everyone and I hope you get some reading time in.



Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

No mail is quite depressing.

Great Sunday post. Thanks.

Michelle said...

YAY for Blogger Con!

I've not read The Lovely Bones but admit that the trailer for the movie has me intrigued to see it. I don't mind Mark Wahlberg for the most part though I do think he has this whispery voice that I can't quite latch onto all the time. In the end I suspect my thoughts on him as a choice would be influence more if I had read the book...I'd likely have some expectation of what I wanted to see in that case.

Sounds like you've had a great week :)

bermudaonion said...

I think UPS runs tomorrow, if that helps any. The Lovely Bones wasn't my favorite book either, so I've been on the fence about the movie.

Literary Feline said...

I'm working tomorrow too, Amy, at least for half a day. It's promising to be a crazy week. I wish I could stretch the weekend out a bit longer.

My boss was hoping to get a group of us together to see The Lovely Bones film this weekend but it didn't work out. I can't wait to hear what she thought of the movie. We both really liked the book.

Thank you for the links, Amy!

I hope you have a great week.

Amanda said...

Jason can be very persuasive.

For what it's worth, I love Virginia Woolf.

Jason Gignac said...

*laughs wickedly* Yes, yes... read it, Amy, read it. It won't cost much. Just your SOUL!

No, really, I'm glad you're considering it. I think academia does an awesome job of making people believe classics like Virginia Woolf are tedious and pointlessly complicated. But they really aren't. Complicated, sometiems, but pointlessly, no! Get the audiobook of it, the version I had, the reader was WONDERFUL, and Ms Woolf is BEAUTIFUL read out loud :).

Sandy Nawrot said...

Nice post! Lots of good stuff there! I guess I liked the Lovely Bones well enough, but it left me disturbed and unsettled. I've got a pre-teen daughter and a weird neighbor, and it freaked me out. We've not seen the movie, but I'd like to. Netflix baby!

I'm having serious envy of anyone going to the Book Blogger Convention. I've gotta figure out a way to get a free ticket and bunk with somebody, and find a babysitter, in order to convince my husband. Some year, when I make the big bucks from blogging! Ha!

samantha.1020 said...

It sounds like you did have a great week of reading. Unlike you, I liked The Lovely Bones but am a bit hesitant to watch the movie. But movies never compare to books for me so that is why :) Have a great week!

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