Sunday, May 10, 2015

Reviews, Reviews, Reviews

Just popping into Sunday Salon to catch up a little on reviews. Happy Mother's Day, everyone! 

What I Finished Recently

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
Alex Rider, in rapid succession, learns (1) his guardian uncle is dead, (2) his uncle was a spy, and (3) Alex himself must take his uncle’s place...more
Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Here are a few you should add to your personal dictionaries:
gezellig...a positive warm emotion, connoting time spent with loved ones…

Looking for Alibrandi
Looking for Alibrandi takes me to a part of Australia I didn’t know existed and includes characters I never suspected were part of Australian life...more
Happiness for Beginners
I love the way Katherine Center tells a story. Her characters are people that inhabit my world; they suffer yet they laugh, too. This is the story of ...more
Just Kids
I didn’t know much about either Patti Smith or Robert Maplethorpe except the sort of murky rumors that always surround celebrity, and most of that tawdry...more

Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity
I can certainly see my own sons at Price’s age attempting this feat. Something in the male soul longs to compete even as the male body is starting to ...more
My Life in Middlemarch
Perfect timing. This book arrived in the mail from the publisher only days after I finished Middlemarch. It’s a book of reflections upon Middlemarch. ...more
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
It’s coming for us all. We choose to ignore it, forget about it, laugh it off, distract ourselves. But, nevertheless, we are all headed for those last ...more
The Detective's Assistant
Nell heads off to her only living relative, her aunt Kate, but Kate’s not inclined to taking in the orphan girl. Kate’s pretty busy herself, as the fi ...more
I started Middlemarch on January first and lingered over it for weeks, months, before finally finishing it off during the twenty-four hour readathon. ...more

The Promise
A disgraced woman, with no other options, agrees to marry an old suitor who has recently become a widower. She arrives in Galveston in August of 1900. ...more

What are you reading today?!

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.


  1. Someday I want to read Middlemarch! Thanks for sharing your reads, and have a wonderful weekend. And thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I read Middlemarch a few summers ago for a class. I would love to read again sometime, without the academic pressure, and My Life in Middlemarch sounds like a great companion book.

    1. I highly recommend the combination of Middlemarch and My Life in Middlemarch.

  3. You're on a roll. I just read your reviews at goodreads. Many good books. I'm curious about The Promise -- what is your star rating on that one? I need to read Middlemarch someday and I plan to read Just Kids too. I hear Patti Smith is writing another book.

    1. I liked The Promise very much, but at least part of the appeal to me is the setting, Galveston, which is just down the road from us.

  4. I'm always amazed at how much you read. I'm hoping to get my butt into gear this week and read a TON. What's next in your reading pile?

    1. You're a little busy right now! I'm reading a goodie...How to Be a Heroine, or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much. Great title, right?!

  5. Looking for Alibrandi has become a bit of a modern day kids classic in Australia now. There's also a fabulous movie from about 15 yrs ago.
    It's set in in the Inner West of Sydney which is where I live now. It warms my heart to know this lovely coming of age story is being enjoyed and appreciated the world over :-)

    1. I always feel happy when I read a book published outside the US that is a strong read. Glad to know that Looking for Alibrandi is so well loved in Australia.


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