Jan 25, 2015

The Sunday Salon: Audios, Readsthons and a Great Find!

Welcome to the Sunday Salon - a great place where we share our bookish thoughts.  Today I'll be talking about my week in review, including a first time National Readathon and a great findI stumbled upon!

With Spring just around the corner, I'm already excited about eating lighter in the warmer weather so I was very excited when I found a cookbook in the Kindle Monthly Deals called 200 SALADS available for just .99! (Originally published in 2012) I love all sorts of salads - fruit, veggie, pasta - you name it and this book certainly has a bunch that I plan to try. The fruit salads especially had my mouth watering. For the price, I just couldn't pass it up! That was my 'find' for the week.


As you may have heard, yesterday was National Readathon Day and there was a readathon taking place from noon to 4 pm. There were basically no rules and was open to anyone. You could follow other readers' progress on social media using the hashtag #timetoread. The book I chose for that time was ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, however, it was an audio and not a print copy. So here's my question: That still counts, right? Its a fairly long audiobook and I was at the beginning and I thought it would be a great way to put a big dent in it and get me going with the story. I ended up reading for almost three and a half hours and I was pretty happy with that. Sometimes its hard for me to set aside a certain block of time for a readathon when other non-readers in my life stop by or call and need help with something. I feel bad saying, 'Sorry, I'm in a readathon right now and I don't have time for you.' They just wouldn't understand that, so I had to stop several times within that four hour window, but I did make good progress anyway. So far, I'm enjoying the story. Books about the German occupation of France during WWII have really captured my attention, so I'm hopeful I'll like this one.

I also posted my review of a debut novel I received last week from Putnam Books called LILLIAN ON LIFE by Alison Jean Lester. it was a quick read and very different from anything I've read in a long time. It really is a unique book and worth your time in checking out. You can catch my review here, if you like.

As for this coming week, I'll be spending more time on my audio and also getting started with DARK PLACES, an older book by Gillian Flynn. I've heard its really good and I've been trying to make time for it the last few weeks, but I've just been struggling to find time to read. In fact, that is what I'll be reading later today. I'm hoping to get some uninterrupted time with it.


So tell me, what books will be occupying your time in the week ahead?

9 comments:

  1. I had a road trip yesterday so I did the readathon with my audiobook.

    oooh - Dark Places is twisty. I think I liked her first one Sharp Objects best.

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  2. Hope you like Dark Places. A good day to read, for us here in the MIdwest. It's snowing!

    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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  3. I want to read both DARK PLACES and SHARP OBJECTS. I understand they dark and twisty, but they are still calling to me. :-)

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  4. Spring's around the corner? I hope so, but the forecast for the next 10 days or so seem to indicate winter might be just getting started. Looking forward to salad days too.
    I think anything counts if you want it to count. I count audio books as "read," even though the experience is sometimes a little different -- sometimes harder even as you can't go back as easily and double check characters/ moments things you may have missed.

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    1. I suppose because I'm in Florida Spring is a lot closer to me. Last year all my azaleas bloomed in February!

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  5. Absolutely! Definitely counts.

    Thanks for the book rec. I'm off to add Lillian on Life to my Amazon wish list.

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    1. your welcome!! Hope you get a chance to read it!

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  6. You are so good with your healthy eating. I eat healthy for the most part. These days, I prefer simple unadorned stuff which makes it easy. Grilled chicken and salad, a simple egg salad sandwhich, etc. I think part of it has to do with me not feeling 100% but that's okay. I've lost 6 lbs since being sick and I'd like to keep it off if possible.

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