Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Sunday Salon: The (Bookish) Week That Was
Well now, THAT was quite the bookish week we just had, wasn't it?
Between participating in Armchair BEA, and the reports coming in from folks who were at the actual BEA, and spending part of this weekend reading the recaps from those who attended BEA "Bloggers" event, it was ... interesting.
(Can I just say that, after reading the recaps of BEA "Bloggers" that I am quite glad that I had the experience of having gone in 2010 and 2011? Reading about the Book Bloggers UnCon gives me hope that there is someone who GETS IT and understands this whole book blogging scenario and what book bloggers are looking for in such a conference. I don't proclaim to be that person, but it sounds like there were at least a handful of people in New York last week who did. Thank God.)
I'll tell you one thing. If anything, this week - and the posts surrounding BEA, Armchair BEA and the various events - have made me think more about blogging and what the hell I'm doing (and not doing) here in this space than I have in a long time. And that's a good thing. I think.
Anyway, onto the books that I finished this week. There were two.
Lots of time in the car recently (traveling for work) allowed me to indulge in the audiobook of The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. I'm usually one to avoid novels that get a lot of hype, such as this one did when it was first published in 2003. But, I read Her Fearful Symmetry and really enjoyed that, so when I was looking at several long hours in the car, I thought this almost 18 hour audiobook would be a nice accompaniment. It did not disappoint, and in fact makes my list for one of the highest recommended audios. The narration is superb. (I like when there is a male and a female narrator.)
I worried that the jump in time would be confusing in this one, and it really wasn't. If you have a long trip ahead of you this summer and are looking for an audiobook, you might want to consider this. (I will warn you though: there are several graphic scenes, so if you're traveling with someone who might take offense to some ... uh ... descriptive activities and terminology, you might want to select a different audio for public consumption.)
I just started this one last night (I'm on page 43) but this seems to be a fast read. The chapters (which are titled "lessons") are brief, and even at 462 pages, I wouldn't be surprised to finish this one this week.
Another exciting bookish note along the lines of "the week that was": our library got e-books this week! This makes me so very happy. I checked out The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mantel. I don't think there are any renewals on these, however, so I might have to spend some time with this sooner rather than later, but that's OK. This is one that I've been looking forward to, and apparently, so have several other people. The e-books were just launched on Monday and more than a few e-titles already have holds on them.
Hope you're having a good Sunday!
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