Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Salon: Fall is Here!

It's hard to believe Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011 has come and gone. Although this was my third year, I consider it my second year really because I began my blog shortly before BBAW my first year and, to be honest, it was an over-whelming, kind of confusing week for me.  Very interesting, too, but I don't have a clear idea of anything that went on that week!! Last week was fantastic! I discovered several new and wonderful blogs, got to know many bloggers much better through their interview, read some intriguing posts and found some other bloggers who, like myself, don't know Twitter well but want to learn! Yay! I'd say it was a very productive week I don't know if I'll participate in BBAW every year but I really enjoyed it this year!  I want to be sure to say a Big Thank you to Amy of My Friend Amy for a fantastic job planning BBAW this year!

One other terrific things that happened this week is Autumn arrived early! The weather temperatures dropped almost 20 degrees! During the day it's been sunny and in the low 70s and at night it's dipped into the low 60s, with one night hitting 57 degrees! It's gorgeous. I love this weather so much I feel like I could skip...that's no small feat with crutches or a wheelchair! lolol

The cats have come alive with the cooler weather! They want to play and run and they're eating as if food has been offered to them for the first time after a long fast, especially Bob. He's a big boy but I think 2 large cans of cat food is a bit much. It's such fun to see the cats so happy and playful instead of lethargic from the heat and humidity.

I took a break from posting book reviews and memes this week while participating in BBAW except on Monday when I decided to participate in the Monday Mailbox meme which was fun! I always enjoy reading other bloggers Monday Mailbox posts so I thought it would be fun to participate. Otherwise I used the week to catch up on reviews and to finish a few books I've feel as if I've been reading for too long as well as to start some new books! I finished. I will be posting reviews for Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington and Where You Go by Joan Leegant this week for sure.

I'm reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh as part of Erin Reads Reading Buddies project. I'm a bit behind, although, but will be commenting on her first post later today. I'm also reading The True Memoirs of Madame K by Adrienne Sharp which is for the Book Club run by Jen of Devourer of Books and Nicole of Linus' Blanket. I've been reading The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for the R.I.P. Challenge. Last but not least, I'm in the very beginning of Into the Woods by Tana French a book I've wanted to read for a while and the R.I.P Challenge offered a perfect reason to do so now! Whew! There are so many books I want to read that it's sometimes difficult to choose at any given time or not to read too many at once!

Today is the Brooklyn Book Festival which I'm hoping to attend for a little while although I'm not sure if I'll be able to...I have to wait and see how I'm feeling in a little while. There were some terrific events around Brooklyn already this week. I'd planned to attend a few such as's Literary Pub Quiz held on Friday at St. Ann's Warehouse on Water St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Indie Party at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn also Friday night, which celebrated some of Brooklyn's best independent book and magazine publishers including A Public Space, Akashic Publishers, Melville House, Ugly Duckling Presse, Umbrage Editions and more. I was really looking forward to those events but I wasn't able to go since I've been having problems with my breathing this week. I'm sure they were a lot of fun! Oh boy does it annoy me that I couldn't least I know that the Brooklyn Book Festival is an annual event and one that is growing in size every year!

Since I brought up the breathing problems I'm having, I might as well mention that I'm scheduled for a catheterization procedure on Tuesday to measure how high the pressure is in my lungs (known as Pulmonary Hypertension). I'm not looking forward to this procedure at all. It's simply unpleasant and uncomfortable but, fortunately, it's same day in/out not over-night. And, based on the outcome, my cardiologist and I can figure out what medication I should be on to help my heart and lungs work with maximum some brief unpleasantness for a long time of good work (fingers-crossed).

If anyone if going to Brooklyn Book Festival, have a fantastic time and hopefully I will run into you there (not literally but I will be on wheels!).

Everybody else, have an enjoyable Sunday!
Happy Reading!


  1. Amy, I hope your procedure goes well. I'll be thinking about you.

    Our weather got really cold here too. They're saying it's going to warm up again this week but we'll see. I somehow doubt it.

    I hope you get to go to the festival. It sounds like it would be fun. Have a good week Amy!

  2. I love this cooler weather, too! Had high hopes to read Sea of Poppies with Erin's group, but it looks like I just won't get to it... was sidetracked by Stewart O'Nan :-)
    I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday.

  3. My cat has been extra excitable this week too -- very into playing and running around the house. I never thought to attribute it to cooler weather!

  4. I hope the procedure goes well, Amy. I will be thinking of you.

    My weather has been cooler too, although it is supposed to heat up again this week. Not looking forward to that. I prefer the cooler temps.

    I am glad the cats are doing well. My two have taken to hiding under Mouse's floor mats so when she goes to play she has lumps to climb over. LOL. Okay, so, I doubt that is their intention. You would think they would have figured it out by now. :-)

    Did you make it to the book festival? Sounds like fun.

    I hope you have a good week!

  5. My cats love the fall weather too, if only because it means I have the windows open for them to lounge in. The cooler weather is making me happy too. I love curling up under a warm blanket with a good book.

  6. Hope you were able to make it to the book fair. Glad to hear it has gotten cooler. I miss NYC a lot. Here in St. Augustine it has cooled a bit as well. Northern Florida actually has seasons so that is nice.
    Yes, kitties like the cooler weather. Gets them running about for sure. hehe
    Wishing you all the best with your procedure. I'll be thinking of you. :)

  7. I'll keep my fingers crossed that your procedure goes well and is as comfortable as it can be.

    We have been enjoying this cooler weather too. I hope it sticks around! I'm ready for fall weather.

  8. Aww, I'm sorry you have to do that procedure. I hope it goes as smoothly as possible and yields helpful results.

    I didn't realize you were reading Sea of Poppies with us -- I'm thrilled to have you along! Don't worry about being behind. There's no such thing with Reading Buddies! Just come comment when you're ready. I'll be posting again in two weeks anyway. Plus, I'm always happy to talk books :-)

  9. I had to wear a 24 hr monitor that went down my throat once... like you said, these procedures are not terrible if you compare them to say...dying, but they are not comfortable at all!

    But, do try to stay positive as I know you will. Maybe they can help you out once they know what is going on.

  10. I hope that your breathing issues get worked out so that you can start feeling better. Medication can be such a miracle.
    I'll be thinking of you, Amy!