Sunday Salon – February 28, 2010

February 28, 2010

Good morning! Here we are – the last day of February. Is it just me, or is 2010 just FLYING by?!??!

I have a little business to get done before I talk about my reading. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you already know I am doing a year long project called Reading for a Cure. If you don’t regularly read Caribousmom, check out the intro post for the project. In March I am having a book giveaway bonanza for those who either join the project, sponsor someone in the project OR make a donation to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (I’ve set up a special button for the project on their donation page). I’ll be posting a final list of books being given away (and the dates I’m drawing winners) tomorrow, but you can read about the FIRST giveaway on this post. I hope you’ll consider getting involved in some way – it is a great cause. Childhood cancer research is incredibly under-funded. If you’re on the fence and not sure if you want to support this cause, read Kate’s story. She is, in large part, why I was motivated to sponsor this project. If you have questions, either leave me a comment or drop me an email at caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com.

I have had a slow reading month, but I’ve read some interesting books. This week I finished reading Just Don’t Fall by Josh Sundquist (read my review). I really liked Sundquist’s honest, forthright and endearing memoir. He also did a terrific guest vlog for me. If you like memoirs, especially ones which are inspirational, consider picking up a copy of this book.

I also read and reviewed the newest Mayo Clinic Diet (read my review). I’m not a diet person, but this book is more about healthy lifestyle changes than dieting. I think it will appeal to those people who hate diets but want to maintain a healthy weight.

I just finished reading Life Sentences by Laura Lippman for a TLC Book Tour on March 3rd. I’ll be posting my review then, along with a guest post by the author. This is my second Lippman novel, and although I liked What the Dead Know (read my review) better than Life Sentences, I can say that Lippman has become one of those authors who makes me sit up and take notice. She’s written several other books, and I am eager to work my way through them. I think her books are hard to categorize. Her character development makes her books lean toward the literary fiction end of things; yet her plots are distinctly mystery in nature. I like that. It sets her books apart from the typical mystery genre. Have you read anything by this author? If so, what did you think?

Last night I started reading Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt which is due for release through Harper/Ecco in March. This is a slim memoir (my ARC has 165 pages). It begins with the death of Rosenblatt’s daughter Amy. Rosenblatt and his wife Ginny end up moving in with their son-in-law to help care for their very young grandchildren. I’m going to be finishing this book this morning (I have only 50 pages to go) and will post my review later today.

Last night Kip and I watched the movie Sahara (based on Clive Cussler’s novel). It was a fun, escapist movie. I chose to watch it as an alternate media for The Social Justice Challenge (the theme this month was water…and the movie does deal with some pretty bad water issues!). You can read my thoughts about it here.

Later this morning we’re heading into town to get the last of the supplies I need to finish my closet. Then we’re taking Raven for a romp in the woods to burn off a little of her endless energy. It is a gorgeous day here (feels like Spring). What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a GREAT book!

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  1. I can’t wait to see what you think of Making Toast since it’s in my TBR pile too.

    • Yvonne on February 28, 2010 at 11:40

    I have the Lippman book in my TBR. I haven’t read anything by her before.

    • Molly on February 28, 2010 at 11:44

    Beth Fish wrote a post that featured Laura Lippman as well. I have only listened to half of What the Dead Know, but I really like her writing style. I, too, would like to read more of her works.

    Enjoy your spring day. We at least have sunshine and mid-40s here, so spring appears to be just around the corner.

    • Wendy on March 1, 2010 at 15:11

    Kathy: I really liked Making Toast!

    Yvonne: I don’t know as I’d start with Life Sentences…try What the Dead Know – that is a fantastic book!

    Molly: Sounds like Spring is coming to you…YAY! I’ll be interested in reading your thoughts on What the Dead Know – I really, really liked that book!

  2. I have “What the Dead Know” to try later this year.

    • Wendy on March 3, 2010 at 07:58

    Jenners: I bet you’ll really like it! Hope so 🙂

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