Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Sunday Salon -- Ramblings, really

We had quite the rainy week here in Southern California. Unfortunately, rainy didn't equal lots of reading time for me, I found myself preoccupied with other things and starting to go crazy from the rain. I can't believe it, I really can't, I think I've turned into a California girl. I used to love the rain, but here it seems like everything falls apart when it rains, and also I don't have appropriate footwear and always get soaked somehow on my way into the office.

I did read Genesis by Bernard Beckett, Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington, The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg, and I continued my reading of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything and started So Long Insecurity, You've Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore.

Which leads me to a startling revelation. I forgot just how much I love to read nonfiction, especially the kind that is categorized as spiritual growth and applies to my life. I think there's a lot of spiritual growth/Christian Life books out there but so many of them are not that interesting to me. But the two I'm reading now feel almost like they were written with me in mind and I do feel I will actually...grow from reading them. They've given me so much to think about, so very very much to think about as I go about my everyday life. I feel absolutely ravenous for more of the same and so that long neglected part of my TBR pile may be getting a bit more attention.

And another thing. I went to see Book of Eli against my initial better judgement. I saw a couple of people tweet about liking it, most notably Tosca Lee (who I think is ridiculously cool) and I decided to give it a chance. And the story was okay, kind of interesting, but I couldn't help but wonder if post-apocalyptic or dystopian films will ever work for me. They always feel like they are on the verge of being something awesome and then they're not. Can anyone recommend a good dystopian film?

Well enough about me. A few things to note this week:

Bloomsbury will be changing the cover of Magic Under Glass. I don't think we know to what yet, but this is a small battle won in a much larger war. In order to follow the continuing efforts to get publishers to abandon the practice of whitewashing covers, you can join Color Online's Readers Against WhiteWashing facebook page.

There's a Persons of Color Reading Challenge that has just been started as well. I absolutely love this interview with Claudia Mair Burney. I think it's also pretty enlightening on the fact that it was a struggle for the publisher to put a person of color on one of her covers. They did it, but in case there was any doubt in your mind, this should show you that these decisions are conscious decisions. That makes it an intentional act against persons of color in favor of money.

In other news, Tess Gerritsen's (incidentally a PoC) Jane Rizzoli series has been adapted for television and ordered to series! Yay!

And on that happy note, I leave you for this Sunday. I hope all is well in your world, that you are surrounded by people who know how valuable you are, and that the books you read become transform your life.




Amy

12 comments:

Darren @ Bart's Bookshelf said...

Children of Men is a great and intelligent dystopian film :)

Beth Kephart said...

May the sun rise high and bright for you today...

Sandy Nawrot said...

Oh yeah, Children of Men is excellent! I also liked Twelve Monkeys and Minority Report too. But you are right, there are alot of mediocre dystopian films out there.

Jen - Devourer of Books said...

I don't think disliking rain in So Cal means you're a California girl necessarily, it just means you don't like the ridiculousness that comes with even a light sprinkling. Plus, you guess have had rain of almost Biblical proportions this week - particularly for So Cal.

Beth F said...

Drat, I still need to hear your thoughts of Genesis. I hope you decide to write a review.

bermudaonion said...

I've never even been to California and I'm not crazy about rain. I know we need it, though, but just wish it would only rain at night while I'm sleeping.

Jenny said...

Isn't it great to rediscover a genre or author you've neglected for a while? I'm revisiting all the books of one of my favorite authors right now enjoying it so much!

Michelle said...

Amy - I think that books that we are meant to read find their ways into our hands at just the right moments. I personally have been fortunate enough to have had almost every non-fiction book I've read this past year fall into that category. When non-fiction/growth books truly speak to you and cause you to reexamine your life, that is a tiny miracle in and of itself. I am so glad you were able to experience that this week!

I am wishing you a MUCH happier, sunnier week to come! Enjoy your Sunday!

Jennifer said...

While I do reside in southern California, I too am tired of rain. It has rained here all week. As for reading I try to alternate from fiction and non-fiction as well as genres to keep my reading moving along.I have not seen The Book of Eli, but will watch it when it comes out on DVD, if I remember. My Sunday Salon: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/sunday-salon-24-january.html

Kay said...

I'm excited about the Jane Rizzoli series too. Hope they don't butcher the whole thing. I think that Angie Harmon will play her and I think I can see that.

softdrink said...

The other bad thing about rain in CA is that everyone seems to forget to slow down when driving! Rain shouldn't be so stressful.

Maybe we should buy some fun rain boots to cheer ourselves up?

Carrie K. said...

At the risk of being the dissenting opinion, I say read the book Children of Men. Then you can watch the movie - or skip it - but I did not like it at all. I LOVE the book, and felt like the movie missed the whole point. Just me, though. Hope you have a good week, Amy!

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