Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday Salon - September 6, 2009

Slowly easing myself back into a life without classes. Trying to make sure I fill the time with something meaningful. I seem to have forgotten what that entails. I'm taking it slow though, in the meantime I'm catching up on some reading.

This week I read:
Fearless by Max Lucado - about trusting in God and not yourself. Tackles my tendency to trust Him until I feel things are going my way and then I forget and think it's all me. (blog tour)

Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich - Woman who loves animals but surrounds herself with fake ones because of a tragedy in her past. She also has problems with her mother. (blog tour)

The Giver by Lois Lowry - Our 8th graders will read this starting next week. Somehow I'd read The Messenger and Gathering Blue, companion novels, and skipped this one. Some things make so much more sense. Ending was a little fantastical though.

The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares - have had this on my bookshelf since March and felt like reading it. It was a good beachy read. It had some romance, love and loss. The infidelity didn't seem like it belonged but it didn't distract from the story much.

I also started:
Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation - It has a fast start and then it sorta slows down while we pick up the back story. It's starting to get interesting again. I'm about 1/2 done. (blog tour)

The Magicians by Lev Grossman - I'm liking this one. I'm only a quarter of the way in and it's entertaining.

Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - I'm reading this one to get some background information for Forest Born which I'll read for the Mock Newbery book club. I'm a quarter of the way in and will read the next 2 in the series over the coming months.

I also read some blogs - thanks to whomever pointed out the Next button for Firefox. Instead of going to Google Reader you just hit next and read what comes up. It's pretty neat and feels less overwhelming than looking at those unread posts in the Reader.

This week I've got more blog tour reading, more school reading, and a meeting that will define some of the other reading I will do this month.

Have a great Sunday! Relax and enjoy your life.


  1. Are your 8th graders reading "The Giver" for Springboard? Mine are!

  2. I checked out Goose Girl from the library recently but haven't yet gotten to it!

  3. Sounds like you've already been pretty productive with yourself! I've started Bran I think I'm at about chapter 5 or 6 at this point. It's interesting but I can't help but wonder if it's similar to Harry Potter (which I haven't read but have heard about and seen bits and pieces of the movies). It definitely has that vibe.


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