Sunday Salon – September 26, 2010

September 26, 2010

11:00 AM

Well, it is perhaps too late to say “Good Morning”…I am quite remiss at posting today. The morning got away from me as Paula and I sat in front of our newly constructed “design wall” (a flannel backed tablecloth pinned to the wall where we can throw up completed quilt blocks) and played with fabric while we sipped our coffee.

My reading this week has been really, really slow – I don’t seem to be able to concentrate on a book for more than a half an hour at a time these days. I am about 50 pages from finishing Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. Have you read this one? I really love the way Kingsolver develops character, and this novel is no exception. You can plan on seeing a review on October 4th when I tour the book for TLC Book Tours (by the way, if you are a Kingsolver fan you should check out this tour because several of Kingsolver’s books are being reviewed).

I have no idea what I’ll be reading next…although I have many options from which to choose. I’m thinking something easy or fast paced to drag me out of what is beginning to feel like a reading slump. I have to tell you, I have never had a reading slump – never. So this is feeling a bit weird for me.

Paula, on the other hand, reads like a demon – she is blowing through books at a rate that makes my jaw go slack with admiration! I’ve posted another interview-review with Paula for Clive Cussler’s latest adventure novel Lost Empire. If you love this genre, you might want to check out the book!

In case you missed it, I posted a quarterly update on my project Reading for a Cure…I am really happy that we have so far raised over $600 for pediatric cancer research, and I hope that number continues to climb for the remainder of the year. In conjunction with that project, I am happy to tell you about a five book giveaway of Grace, by Melinda Marchiano. Melinda will be signing the finished copies before they are mailed out to the winners. If you haven’t entered to win, you might want to check out the post about the giveaway. Not only will you have a chance to win a signed book, but you can also help children with cancer at the same time if you choose to increase your odds of winning.

So, what books have captured your imagination this week? How are you enjoying this beautiful fall weekend? Whatever you are doing today, I hope it brings you joy!

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  1. I too had a reading slump but I’m taken with Under the Dome by Stephen King. It’s a huge book but once I pick it up, I’m hooked! I have The Poisonwood Bible on my nightstand but haven’t cracked it yet. Hope to see your review of Prodigal Summer :o)

    • Laura on September 26, 2010 at 09:21

    Slumps happen … and given all you have to deal with , it’s not tooooo surprising. Glad you’re enjoying the Kingsolver though!

  2. You are lucky if you’ve never had a reading slump before. I have them all the time and usually when I am really busy at work and just can’t find the time to read.

  3. I get over my reading slumps with some of my favorite series or a fast paced read that sucks me in. I like to switch genres too when I’m feeling like a reading slump is coming on. I’ve never read Kingsolver myself but I do have one of her books on my shelves. I need to get to it soon! Hope you find your way out of this reading slump!

    • JoAnn on September 27, 2010 at 03:19

    Prodigal Summer is my favorite Kingsolver novel so far – glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Would love to see a photo of your ‘design wall’ in action!

    • Arial on September 27, 2010 at 09:05

    Try reading The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard. See if that doesn’t pull you out of your slump. First book of hers I’ve read. Couldn’t put it down!

    • Wendy on October 1, 2010 at 05:26

    Teacher: Oh, I have Under the Dome in my stacks…unfortunately it is sitting back in California and I’m in NH, so it will have to wait…but it sounds like a great slump buster!

    Laura: It is just so weird for me! I loved the Kingsolver…can’t wait to share my review with all of you!

    Kathleen: I’m glad I don’t get these too often!

    Samantha: Thanks for sharing your slump busters. I actually pulled myself out of my slump with Katrina Kittle’s awesome book!

    JoAnn: Oh, I wish I could share the design wall. But, when I get back to California, I’m going to create one for myself…so then I’ll be able to show you what it looks like and how its used 🙂

    Arial: Darn! I left that one back at home! I’ve heard it is a great read!

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