Slightly Springy Sunday Salon

The Sunday Salon

February has given way to March, the s-n-o-w has finally melted, the spring winds have arrived and sunshine is slowly but surely returning…hope SPRINGS eternal!

As always, I’ve so many books n articles n websites n magazines n the like to write about that I haven’t written about ANY of them! *shakin’ head* I’m so weird. No, you say? Who else do you know says they have so MUCH to blog about books they’ve read that they just don’t blog at ALL?!? *nods* Yeah, I thought so.  Yada, yada…let’s see…most recent reads to talk about…

Upon starting to read Maddie Dawson’s The Stuff That Never Happened , I confess to being a bit leery–okay, a LOT leery. At first glance, this was going to be a book about a midlife crisis, about a discontented middle aged couple with a freshly emptied nest who realized they had lost the ‘us’ along the way.  As I am 40 years old and coming upon our 20th wedding anniversary with our children just turning 18 and 16, I was skeptical of this book–for I was and still am not interested in a midlife crisis affair story. Mind you, that was my assumption of this book, not what the story actually turned out to be.

I typically do not read a whole lot of book reviews that give in depth details, and if you’ve read this space much you know that my comments about books aren’t so much reviews as they are…well, comments. What grabbed me or didn’t grab me, not a synopsis or detailed story summary.

One of my absolute favorite things to read are author back story comments…what he or she was thinking, what spurred this story, things like that. It was just this sort of thing that nudged me to read The Stuff That Never Happened. I read this post (clickityclick right there) and picked up the book that afternoon. As I read, I couldn’t help but like the characters and all their flaws, each individual was perfectly and wonderfully human.  What a good story…that’s likely my best compliment to a book–a good story that turns the pages all by itself.

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A couple of days ago I started reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain . So far this has been another wonderful page turner for me. I simply love Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, so much so that I have not managed to write about it anywhere…I just haven’t found the words. (I should note here that I had never read any of Hemingway’s work beyond a few excerpts here and there until this one)  The Paris Wife is the fictional perspective of Hemingway’s wife, Hadley, of the same time period. I am just a bit into the book and am delighted thus far.  The author apparently really did her research, learning about the girl and the woman she would become, poring over the letters written between Hemingway and Hadley in order to give her version of Hadley complete authenticity. How talented and skilled is that?!? So far so good with this one…

~Happy March Sunday…I hope it’s a glorious day in your world!~

Sunshine and Daisies

A Sunday Salon Post

*sunshine and daisies* *sunshine and daisies*

 

This is my mantra in these long, dark, cold, snowy days of w-i-n-t-e-r.  Even some of us who are accused of being ridiculously happy and optimistic on a regular basis are getting rather worn down by the daily snowfalls and ice and cold.  Enough about that…  *sunshine and daisies…*

Reading lately has been a jump around endeavor for me, short stories, magazines, internet reading.  (See above paragraph and read between the lines for restlessness)  Jumping around, however, does not imply lack of engagement or enjoyment. I have read some great stuff!

One of the most intriguing and fun things I read this week was Joanne Harris’ TwitterTales—yep, stories done ‘live and free-range’ (her words) and Twitter. While some people might scoff at the cluttering of their beloved Twitter-stream, book junkies like myself (and most of you Sunday Saloners, I’d wager) find such to be completely enchanting.  I read this author’s story Chocolat a few years ago and enjoyed the magic enough to buy a copy to keep—those who know me know I only purchase books I have read from the library or a friend and become smitten with. Thanks to finding Ms. Harris on Twitter, I have sought out a few more of her stories via the library—why I didn’t before I’ve no idea—and am looking forward to reading them.

...they shall return...

 

As for other short story reads, I put Hemingway’s The First Forty Nine short story collection on my eReader. I’ve been reading one here and there as it strikes me. I know I’ve rambled on about my recent discovery and enthralled-ness(is that a word? let’s make it a word) of Hemingway’s short stories, but it has been so interesting and riveting to explore an author so many love or love to hate for myself for the first time.

I’m looking forward to stopping by more Sunday Salon posts today, Happy Sunday!

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May Kid’s Picks: Teenager Style

Today is Kid’s Picks over at 5 Minutes For Books, where folks post about what their kiddos are reading lately–check it out!

Let’s see what pages my teenagers have been turning as of late:

The girlie(15) is currently smitten with the Vampire Kisses series by  Ellen Schreiber. There are eight books in this series thus far–the most recent one being released this very day. She finished number seven yesterday and is eagerly awaiting the mail carrier today.

I know there are many folks out there with reservations on vampire stories and my response to that is here. She loves fantasy and knows what fantasy is. I love the fact that she devours pages and comes chatting to me about them–and then puts her latest conquest atop my own current read, ‘you gotta read this’.

The boy(17) is toting around several books on writing science fiction. He’s also reading Tom Sawyer and several Star Wars novels–he really likes those n has quite a collection.

This is the one who just recently asked me ‘so you know about Hemingway, right?’ Yes, I had to laugh. We haven’t been to the library this week to pick him up some Hemingway…I’m thinking he’d like A Farewell To Arms or The Sun Also Rises most of all–we’ll see. I myself had never read any Hemingway–beyond excerpts and quotes–until recently. More to follow on that sometime.

~Happy Reading!