Sunday Salon – March 1, 2009

Sunday Salon

March 1, 2009

I missed last week’s Salon – so this week I am playing catch up. It is a dark, rainy day today – so I will not be going out and I will be trying to catch up on my reading which continues to be rather slow.

I finished reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s wonderful short story collection Unaccustomed Earth (read my review). Lahiri has an effortless writing style that draws the reader in immediately. I am looking forward to reading her other works soon.

Next up was Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I must admit, I expected to absolutely love this book…but I ended up a bit disappointed (read my review).  Don’t get me wrong – Harris is a gifted writer with a talent for writing beautiful, descriptive prose…but the story itself lacked something for me. I have not seen the movie, but from what I hear it was wonderful so perhaps I should rent it. I will give Harris another try one of these days.

My current read is The Islands of Divine Magic by John Addiego. I was sent this book from Unbridled Books and it is a thought-provoking generational read about an Italian family. The best way to describe it is as a novel in short stories. I plan on finishing the book today and should have a review posted by mid-week.

I was alerted to a cool site through Kerrie’s blog Mysteries in Paradise. If you go to the stimator site, it will calculate the value of your blog. I tried to post the results graphically by copying the code they gave me, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I wasn’t clear on what all the numbers meant, but the one that got my attention was $11,619 which apparently is what my blog is worth. I also ran the numbers for A Novel Challenge blog and discovered its worth to be $15, 214. I’ll be waiting for the check to arrive any day now!

fabulousblogaward And while I’m talking about Kerrie’s wonderful blog, I should also mention that she recognized Caribousmom with  the Your Blog Is Fabulous award. THANK YOU, Kerrie – so is yours!! If you haven’t checked out Kerrie’s blog, don’t wait to do so. She is the queen of mystery reviews.

Have you seen that the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize has announced its 2009 short lists? I love these lists…especially because I am reading for the 2009 Orbis Terrarum Challenge (which starts today) AND for the Lost in Translation Challenge (which began January 1st) AND for my own personal challenge to read around the world. Here are some of the books which caught my eye on the short lists:

  • Say You’re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan (which I have sitting on my TBR mountain) – short listed for Best First Book (Africa)
  • Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (which I just read in February) – short listed for Best Book (Europe and South Asia)
  • The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (which I read in January…here is my review) – short listed for Best First Book (South East Asia and the Pacific)
  • The Boat, by Nam Le (which I have on my TBR mountain) – short listed for Best First Book (South East Asia and the Pacific)

There are some other books on there that look interesting as well. What about you? Do you like when the prize lists come out? Any on these lists that caught your attention?

Whatever you are doing today, I hope it involves a good book. Have a wonderful week!

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    • Kathy on March 1, 2009 at 10:24

    I found out my blog is worth $11,264. I wonder who I could sell it to? Congratulations on your award!

    • Eva on March 1, 2009 at 10:53

    What a fun and random Sunday Salon Wendy! That link is hilarious-if only they were offering to buy blogs at those prices. 😉

  1. That is great to hear as I have The White Tiger slated to be my 1st read for the Orbis Terrarum challenge. I’m looking forward to it 🙂

    • Kerrie on March 1, 2009 at 12:28

    Glad you enjoyed Stimator. It is not really to be taken too seriously though. Enjoy the Award

  2. There are so many book awards that it is really hard to pay all that much attention to many of them! I hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. I just read Interpreter of Maladies and love it. Unaccustomed Earth is next up soon for me. I also just brought home Chocolat from the library last week and I’m looking forward to reading it. The movie is fantastic…you should watch it!! I love all the different titles you’ve listed for us…so much to think about and to put on the wish list!!

  4. I loved Unaccustomed Earth–in fact, I’ve loved all her books.

    And yes, I love to read award lists or “Best of” lists, for both music and books, especially when they are from random and unexpected places. It helps fill in the gaps for all the prize lists.

    I’ve also joined the Orbis Terrarum challenge. Going to be fun!

  5. I’m curious to see what you think of The Islands of Divine Magic. I’ve read mixed reviews.

  6. I enjoyed the “Chocolat” film so much that I’ve been sort of reluctant to try the book – don’t want to be disappointed. And I’m also very reluctant to find out what my blog might or might not be worth – that could be a big disappointment, too! But it’s valuable to me and I guess that’s all that really matters.

    • Wendy on March 2, 2009 at 15:49

    Kathy: Thanks 🙂 Well, I am not sure who is out there willing to buy up all these blogs *laughs*

    Eva: Glad you enjoyed it! I thought the link was pretty funny too!

    Samantha: I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on Adiga’s book. It got some mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it.

    Kerrie: Oh, I know it wasn’t serious 🙂 But it was a fun little exercise!

    Kailana: I know what you mean about the amount of awards. I don’t follow them all, but I enjoy seeing them.

    Staci: Glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you like Chocolat. I feel like I should see the movie because EVERYONE is saying it is wonderful! Okay, you’ve convinced me 🙂

    Priscilla: Glad to see you’ve liked all of Lahiri’s work. Orbis Terrarum looks like a blast! Happy reading!

    S. Krishna: I posted my review today for Addiego’s book ….

    JLS Hall: I know what you mean about the intrinsic value of your blog – I feel that way too. I was only joking about the check in the mail 🙂 I actually would never give it up!

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