TSS: BLOGGIESTA CHANGES, LOOKING BACK, & LOOKING AHEAD — SEPT. 30

Good morning, Sunday Saloners!  I hope you’ve all had a wonderfully productive week.

Some of us have busily joined the Bloggiesta Party.  And some of us are getting ready for Banned Book Week.

My selection will be spotlighted at Rainy Days and Mondays on October 5.

It’s been one of those days today.  Between the blog events, reading, and watching old movies, I’m feeling very energized.

Earlier today, I enjoyed brunch at a neighborhood restaurant.

Here’s what happened on my blogs this week:

On Monday, I shared a Potpourri of thoughts about Hobbies/Collections.

Wednesday brought a merger between two of my writing blogs.   A Merger:  When Two Writer’s Blogs Become One.

Old and New Guilty Pleasures celebrated pomegranates:  the fruit and the martini.

On Thursday, I discovered what happens When One Event Leads to a Flurry of Activities.

My Sweet Saturday Sample was followed by my Bloggiesta Starting Post; then came Bloggiesta:  Getting Personal.

Finally, my Weekend Potpourri post celebrates Blog Events, Leisure Time, & Wishing.

Reading was not so stellar: (Click Titles/Covers for reviews)

1.  A Different Kind of Normal, by Cathy Lamb

2.  Shepherd’s Prayer (e-book), by Katja Willemsen

3.  Chalk Valley (e-book), by D. L. Johnstone (Review will be up later today)

On Monday, October 1, check out my Blog Tour Stop for Against My Will, by Benjamin Berkley.

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For the rest of the day, I plan to read, watch movies, and visit more blogs at the Bloggiesta Party!  

TSS: LOOKING AHEAD! — SEPT. 23

Good morning and welcome to another Sunday Salon.

I stayed up late last night finishing The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, my chosen book for Banned Books Week.

It was actually my first time reading it, and over the years I’ve heard mixed reviews of it.

So imagine my surprise to find myself totally drawn into Holden Caulfield’s world….so much so that I was actually depressed for much of the book!

Until the end, of course, with that scene that seemingly promises a better tomorrow.

What did the rest of you think of it?  If you’ve read it, of course.

On October 5, I’ll be posting my review during Banned Books Week, and having a giveaway of the book at Rainy Days and Mondays.

My reading and blogging week went pretty well, in spite of the “death” of my LCD TV…or maybe because of it.  More time for reading.

But I was also feeling angst and veering between positive feelings about its repair to the possibility of finding a new one.

On the Blogs This Week:

Tuesday Potpourri:  Playing with PicMonkey

Final Check-In for Round Three (Row 80)

Sweet Saturday Samples:  Investigating

Sparking a Story on a Saturday

Review:  Sister, by Rosamund Lupton (Click Titles for reviews)

Review:  Click:  An Online Love Story, by Lisa Becker

Review:  This Time Together, by Carol Burnett

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As for upcoming events, we have Bloggiesta next weekend, and I’ll be “making over” this blog.  And then Banned Books Week!

What are your Sunday plans?  Plans for the upcoming week?

I think I’ll be watching movies.  I was going to see the Clint Eastwood film….maybe.

THE SUNDAY SALON — BANNED BOOKS WEEK — SEPT. 25

Welcome to another Sunday Salon event, where we gather and share our thoughts about reading, blogging, and life.

You can also join and participate in the Facebook group.

Since this week is Banned Books Week, I’ve been visiting blogs that are posting about it and hosting giveaways.

Over at Book Journey, I found several links to participating blogs.  It never ceases to amaze me the books that are/were banned and the reasons for those bans.

It’s interesting, too, that one of the books I’ve been rereading for awhile now is all about freedoms lost, including the privilege of reading.  The Handmaid’s Tale is a nightmarish journey into that kind of world.

I’m currently reading another book by Margaret Atwood that is a real page turner, too.   Cat’s Eye is about another kind of journey, for a retrospective show of an artist’s paintings.  Elaine, the artist, finds more than critical acclaim. Local streets, long-gone landmarks, and elements in the paintings themselves trigger memories of her transient childhood traveling across Canada with her entomologist father; of adolescence marred by the cruel teasing of three friends; and of love affairs with her first art teacher and mentor, and with Jon, her first husband. In addition, Elaine is haunted by thoughts of her chief tormentor/best friend, Cordelia, whom she last saw years ago in a mental institution. Atwood’s focus on the inner landscape of Elaine’s youth and early adult years will appeal to older teenagers.

I started reading this one this morning while I had brunch at Mimi’s, a little bistro in the neighborhood.

 

 

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Here are some of my blogging adventures this week:

THOUGHTS FROM THE INTERIOR

ROUND THREE — FINITO! — 9/22 CHECK-IN

THOUGHTS FROM THE INTERIOR – CHANGES

My Books Read & Reviewed – Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  Space, by Emily Sue Harvey (blog tour)

2.  Love Walked In, by Marisa De Los Santos

3.  Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken, by Mari Passananti

It’s been one of those weeks.  Each book was totally captivating and I’m still having a hard time tearing myself away from my current read.

I would love to reread one of the banned books listed this week...Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier.  One of my favorites from back in the day.

What are you excited about this week?  Are you participating in Banned Books Week?  What books on the list are your favorites, if any?