Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Sunday Salon: Chicago: Wrigley Field...Birthday Celebration...Grilling and Swimming...and Deep Dish Chicago Pizza!

 









What I Read Last Week:

by Ed Yong (Nonfiction) πŸπŸπŸπŸπŸ

by Patrick Radden Keefe (Nonfiction) πŸπŸπŸπŸ


The link takes you to my full review.




What I'm Reading Now:

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (Chapter-a-Day)

Other Birds: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen (Fiction)

How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community by Judith Valence (Happiness)

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (Chicago Classic)

Bake: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics by Paul Hollywood






Last week I posted here at Readerbuzz:






We spent four glorious days in Chicago with our son and daughter-in-law...What a fantastic time we had! We celebrated Lisa's birthday with her. I went to my first real, outdoor baseball game at Wrigley Field (more on that soon). We grilled outdoors and swam in the pool and played Aqua Uno. And we ate my favorite pizza in the whole world, deep dish Chicago pizza.








Good Thing #1
Lisa's birthday celebration!

Good Thing #2
Swimming in the pool!

Good Thing #3
Deep dish Chicago pizza!




I'm happy you joined us here at the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 


Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:

  • What was your week like?
  • Read any good books? Tell us about them.
  • What other bookish things did you do? 
  • What else is going on in your life?

Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

My linkup for Sunday Salon is below. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Γ‰glise Saint-Sulpice in Paris


We visited Γ‰glise Saint-Sulpice in Paris this year.



The organ for which Γ‰glise Saint-Sulpice is most famous.








It's lovely outdoors, too. 



For more photos, link up at Wordless Wednesday, Comedy Plus, Messymimi's Meanderings, Keith's Ramblings, Create With Joy, Amanda's Books and More, and My Corner of the World.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

Oh my goodness! What is happening to me? 

I blame all of you wonderful bloggers for this list of books I plan to read this fall. All of them have 2022 publication dates and all are novels

Oh my! 


A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book by Becky Chambers



The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid



Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark



The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak



Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen



The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell



Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout



We Spread by Iain Reid



Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver


Well, I couldn't make a list without one picture book that I can't wait to read this fall...


Rick the Rock of Room 214 by Julie Falatko


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.   

Saturday, September 17, 2022

The Sunday Salon: Chicago!







I don't think I heard anything about Covid this week in the news or from friends. 

It's the first time in a long time that I am really starting to stop worrying constantly about it.






I liked both my books this week a lot, but they weren't perfect reads. Fellowship Point was a beautiful story of two elderly friends, but it is a long book and I thought it tended to drag. Crying in the Bathroom was a poignant memoir of the author's struggles with sexism, racism, and depression, but I think people shouldn't write memoirs when they are young.




What I Read Last Week:

Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir by Erika L. SΓ‘nchez πŸπŸπŸπŸ

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark πŸπŸπŸπŸ






What I'm Reading Now:

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (Chapter-a-Day)

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (Nonfiction)

Other Birds: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen (Fiction)

Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels, and Crooks 
by Patrick Radden Keefe (Nonfiction)

How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community by Judith Valence (Happiness)








Last week I posted here at Readerbuzz:

The Sunday Salon: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and Crying in the Bathroom

Books with Geographical Terms in the Title that I Have Read and Loved

Author Mohsin Hamid and The Last White Man: Inprint Houston





I'm doing the Cybils Awards for the fifteenth year. Judges for the 2022 Cybils have now been chosen. I thank all of you who applied this year. And I hope all of you who love children's books and YA books will be thinking about nominating your favorite reads of the last year soon.














Good Thing #1, 2, and 3

We are visiting with our son and daughter-in-law in Chicago!







I'm happy you joined us here at the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 


Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:

  • What was your week like?
  • Read any good books? Tell us about them.
  • What other bookish things did you do? 
  • What else is going on in your life?

Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

My linkup for Sunday Salon is below. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Author Mohsin Hamid and The Last White Man: Inprint Houston

First line: "One morning Anders, a white man, woke up to find he had turned a deep and undeniable brown."

Author Mohsin Hamid read from his new book, The Last White Man, in Houston on Monday, August 1. The Last White Man is the story of a young man who woke up only to discover that he had become dark. The book is described as reimagining "Kakfa’s iconic The Metamorphosis for our racially charged era.”


After the reading, Hamid spoke with fellow author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Hamid said the impetus for writing the book began after September 11, 2001. For him, "a brown man with a funny name," he was saddened to find that people began to treat him differently, that he'd lost "a kind of whiteness" in which he had been "treated as a regular person." He found he wanted to write about it.


Hamid said he writes small novels. He works for seven years, he told us, and his resulting novel is only 100 pages long.


Things are changing all the time, Hamid said, and we are unmoored by change. "Change," he went on, "means we lose things." But there are only a few ways to deal with the loss that comes with change: "We can deny loss is happening or we can become pessimistic." None of these, Hamid feels, are useful responses. Instead, he encouraged us to be optimistic, have hope that categories will blur, and realize that what we see as reality isn't really real.


It was an evening, as are all Inprint author events, in which I felt a bit of hope for the world.


My reviews of Mohsin Hamid books:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (I read this in July, 2009)
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (I read this in January, 2014)
Exit West (I read this in December, 2017)
The Last White Man (I finished it this week)


Have you read any of Mohsin Hamid's books?
Have you been to any author events lately?


For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.