Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Salon 10.24.10

The JETS have a buy week this weekend so, although I have football on, I'm not as focused on the games as I would be if the Jets were playing. It's nice to get an extra 4 hours for blogging, reading- books & blogs, playing with the cats or anyhing else today. Usually when I'm watching the Jets' game, I have a book in my lap & I read during commercials or a time-out or some other delay. Honestly, though, I never get any real reading done during a game unless I include the one page or half a page that I read over & over again, always losing my place & my focus, when I'm distracted by a play or a moronic comment by one of the commentators etc.! lol

Much of this week the weather's been beautiful! I spent some time in the park reading, the trees are spectacular with the varied fall colors of the leaves! There was a slight chill in the air, perfect Autumn weather! Yesterday I spent some time at the flea market, again! lol I love that place. I had two delicious mini-cupcakes, Red Velvet and Apple Cinnamon, they were adorable & yummy! I forget what frosting was on the Apple Cinnamon, but it tasted great. The Red Velvet had cream cheese frosting which I am used to having on Carrot Cake but it was great with the Red Velvet cake too. I could have eaten 10 more of each! lol (It's probably good I didn't!)

Then I hit the book table...decisions, decisions! Oy vey! But lots of fun. I found a beautiful copy of Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell which has been on my tbr list for a long time. I also picked up The Bone People by Keri Hulme, the 1985 Man Booker winner and the 2006 winner, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. I found a well-read, but still worth $3, copy of Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly. I was intrigued by this book when it toured several blogs many months ago because, apparently it's written with a lot of humor & it's quirky but also poignant & sad. My best purchase, by far, though (I think!), is a copy of They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple. This is a Persephone Book. Persephone Books reprints forgotten twentieth-century novels, short stories, memoirs etc., written mainly by female authors. The books are literary but not ncomplicated and very readable. They are printed with elegant grey jackets, cream labels for the title, with beautiful printed endpapers inside. Check their wonderful website here at Persephone Books

I was quite lazy this week regarding reviews. I have several to post but I never managed to find the time to proofread and edit them. I'll be posting my review for Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes tomorrow. I will also post my reviews for Hailey's War by Jodi Compton and I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman this week. I will probably review
Sunset Park by Paul Auster as well. I stopped reading this book for a few days but picked it up again and I have just a few pages left. I'm not sure what I'm going to read this week. I want to finish Infinte Jest so that will be my main book this week. I will also be reading and reviewing my first book for TLC Book Tours in two weeks so I might start Unstoppable in Stilettos by Lauren Ruotolo.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  1. I'm the same way when the Hokies play on Saturdays! I try to get some reading done during commercials or half time, but I'm usually not very successful.

  2. You found They Were Sisters at a flea market? How lucky!! I'm dying to read that one. I can't read during games either (especially Syracuse University basketball), but sometimes I still try anyway. Have a great week, Amy!

  3. Love those flea market book finds! Looking forward to your thoughts on I'd Know You Anywhere. I have that on my iPod up next.

  4. Amy, Can't wait to read your Strangers at the Feast review, as I am reading it now and loving it. I have not had much luck with Paul Auster in the past, but Sunset Park sounds so good that I am going to give it a try. Hope you have a great week Amy.

  5. That is what I usually do at night, read in front of the TV.
    I have to see if our Library used store has a Persephone book.

  6. I have a hard time getting any reading done while watching football, too. Today was no exception!
    Those cupcakes sound yummy! Grand daughter's b-day cake was red velvet with cream cheese icing!

  7. I have that problem trying to read during football games too! I never end up getting much reading done. Sometimes I can get a little in at halftime, but that's about it.

    You found some fantastic books! I'd love to read Cranford and The Bone People, and I have Inheritance of Loss waiting for me on my shelves. I read Apologize Apologize when it first came out and really liked it. Enjoy your loot!!

  8. Reading in the park sounds nice. I have a really nice backyard but I always find myself holed up INSIDE somewhere. I always forget that I have this yard out there too.

    When my husband has football on, I read, but lately I've been watching too. I read a book about football and now that I understand the game more, I find myself a bit distracted by it.

  9. What I really cool website - I've book marked Persephone for later when I have time to peruse - between all the sports viewing to choose from. I tend to work in blogging/online stuff while watching games. I'll be at the Pats Halloween game - hope for good weather!