Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Sunday Salon: Father's Day Edition

Happy Father's Day to all who are celebrating!  I say to all who are celebrating because I know this can be a difficult day for some people. If you are missing a father or missing the chance to be a father, these Hallmark holidays can be loaded for bear, amiright?

It's a low-key Father's Day here. Last Saturday, The Husband took a tumble down the deck stairs and suffered a concussion, which has resulted in a week off from work for the last five days and a headache that is still present.  So, our gift to him is a day of rest and peace and quiet. So far, so good. Grocery shopping and gardening (if the rain holds off) is on the agenda for me, along with some resume-sending and reading.

As I mentioned in last week's Salon, our library just got e-books available for borrowing. Bookish geek that I am, you KNOW I was right there at my laptop on the day that this service went live, checking out what they had to offer.

I must say, I am pleased with the selection. I'm NOT so pleased that I can't renew them - meaning that, if you're in the midst of the e-book and your time is up in a day, no renewal for you. You have to take your chances that nobody else will scoop it up when it automatically returns, and THEN you can check it out again. Otherwise, you have to put it on hold and it could be another two weeks before you can resume reading.

That's the situation I may find myself in with my first library e-book: The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel, which I am really enjoying so far (but which I have today to finish). I loved Last Night in Montreal - but as I just re-read that review, I realize that there are more similarities to the two than I remembered. No matter. I still like The Lola Quartet and I'm not normally a mystery reader kind of girl, so this is a bit of a departure for me.

My audiobook this week wound up being a DNF.
Now, I was an English major in college, but the first CD of The Marriage Plot just made me feel completely and utterly stupid and that my degree was a waste. And this was not a week where I needed that. So ... I tried reading the print version. No can do. This one has gotten mixed reviews on the blogs, with more than a few comparisons to Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, which I thought was just okay albeit overhyped. Given that, back to the library it went.

And yeah, I've tried Middlesex and - don't hate me - but that was a DNF for me, too. Verdict? I'm sure he's a nice guy and all, but I don't think Jeffrey Eugenides is the author for me.

This week I finished the rather provocative With My Body by Nikki Gemmell. I'll have more to say about this one on Thursday - which is my review date for TLC Book Tours, which sent me this one for review. One word for now: wow. This one was all over the map. The majority of this (like, 300 pages worth) is NOT an easy read and I was prepared to give it a negative review, if not declare it a DNF.

Then ... Something Happened.

That's all I'll say about that, but suffice it to say, few books have had that effect on me. I'm still thinking about this several days later.

There are a few bookish things on tap for us this week. Summer Reading officially starts at our library tomorrow, which Betty is rather excited about. Our library also has a summer reading program for adults, where you submit reviews and can win prizes, so that will motivate me to actually write a review or two.

On Wednesday, YA author Siobhan Vivian (The List, Same Difference, Not That Kind of Girl, A Little Friendly Advice) will be appearing at our library. I'm planning to stop by and do a post for the blog. I've been hearing her name everywhere since I've been hearing that she'll be appearing.

Hope you're having a great Sunday, whether you're celebrating Father's Day or not.

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Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I think you're wise to remind us that today is not such an easy day for some...and for others it can be a horrible day...I posted last year about close family friends of ours whose dad committed suicide...out of the blue, no warning at all. I actually saw his wife in Wal Mart yesterday amidst all the shoppers buying gifts and cards, etc. Every day is still a struggle for this family and I'm sure today is one of the many days they do well to put one foot in front of the other.
I'm going to check and see if our library has the ebook borrowing service yet, bc my kids and I can't seem to return anything on time. If the library just zapped their books back when the time was up, that might actually work for me! Isn't that nuts??

JoAnn said...

What a relief! I though I was alone in DNFing Middlesex, and I've been afraid to even attempt The Marriage Plot. The Virgin Suicides does appeal, so I may give that a try at some point...