The Sunday Salon

Sunday has arrived!! Here’s hoping that you all have a relaxing day.

My week has been crazy and I haven’t been able to do much reading.  Oh, I have tried to wind down with a book at bedtime, but I find myself nodding off after 10 pages or so.  I did get a solid hour of reading in at my daughter’s gymnastics practice this week, but beyond that I haven’t had a good chunk of time to sit with a book and get lost in it.  Maybe today.

 I’m posting a couple pics from our vacation to Pennsylvania.  My kids have been bored and grumpy this week since we got back to our routine because they haven’t had a gaggle of kids around to traipse through the woods with, a thunderstorm to get caught in, or a lake to jump in.  My youngest daughter’s sad comment this week was, “There’s too much cement in California, Mom.”  She has a point.  

The books keep arriving at the door even if I haven’t had much time to read them.  This was my haul this week from UPS, FedEx, and the mailman:  

The Heartbreak Diet: A Story of Family, Fidelity, and Starting Over by Thorina Rose from Chronicle Books.  It’s a hardcover graphic novel (my first) that I requested from an ad in Shelf Awareness back in May.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with graphic novels.  I’ll let you know.

Netochka Nezvanova by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a Penguin Classic that I requested months ago. This is a slim volume and apparently I have 6 weeks to read it or the Book Police will be after me.

Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna from Picador and LibraryThing’s early reviewers program.  This one came out a year ago but was just recently released in paperback.

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer from Harper Perennial and Every Day I Write the Book Blog.  This is the July online book club selection over at EDIWTB.

Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion- two copies- one from the author and one from the publisher, Broadway Books- so I will be giving one away!  This book is everywhere right now-and since one of my favorite people loved it, I am really excited to read it!  Watch for the giveaway post later today or tomorrow.

The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner from Ballantine Books and Dorothy Thompson at Pump Up Your Book Promotion.  I will be doing a virtual book tour stop for this one in August.

The Safety of Secrets by DeLaune Michel from Over the River Publications- the 2nd copy I’ve received from them, so I’ll be giving it away!  Look for the giveaway post Tuesday.  We also may have a Q & A from the author if I could just finish the book and get a few questions to her!  That is my goal for today.

And finally- an unbound galley of The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal from the author (coming out in August) that arrived in a ripped and bent thin white envelope.  Apparently they ran out of ARCs but even though the envelope was a mess, the galley is in good shape (one munched corner, but beyond that it’s ok).  I don’t recall requesting this, but I guess I did.  I’ve never received a book this way and it will be a challenge to read it like this, but hopefully it will be worth it!

I just noticed that the two covers I added to this post show only half of the woman’s face.  Huh.  Weird.  I thought I was being all random with the covers but they are oddly one-eyed and similar.  Maybe the other eye is on the spine.  I’ll have to check.

Well, I guess I better go read now!!  The kids are still sleeping so I might be able to string two sentences together before being interrupted.

If you’re like me and need to find more time for reading, check out these tips from Books on the Nightstand.  Have a great week!  ~Lisa

12 Responses

  1. I’ll be back, the pics are loading and I want to see your one-eyed theme. And you seem to be reading about Queens a lot, too? ah, so many books…

  2. Yay, another book giveaway! My sister in CA also misses the green back here on the east end of the country:)

  3. Great pictures! I am interested in Septembers of Shiraz so I will be looking forward to some reviews of it.

  4. I loved Septembers when I read it last year. I’d put it at the top of my TBR pile.

  5. Man I miss greenery. I’m originally from the mid-west and often think I suffer depression from not enough green!

  6. Oh, I live in southern california, now, forgot to add that!

  7. I’m glad you and your family had a great vacation! Those are some really good books you’ve got. I’ll be anxiously awaiting your reviews! By the way, I posted my review of House & Home by Kathleen McCleary the other day and put a link to your review as well. Nice to have you back! 🙂

  8. I ended up with two copies of Queen of the Road too, I find it a bit odd, actually. I’m pretty sure they didn’t tell me they would send two. Oh well, blog contest!

  9. i sympathize with your kiddos–i HATED coming home from vacation ( the beach) every summer because we didn’t have many kids in our rural town, no ocean or bay to swim or fish in, and we couldn’t walk to the movies or anything.

    when i grew up, i solved the problem by moving to the beach! 🙂

  10. Thanks for linking to the tips. I really enjoyed and hope to incorporate more of them into my routine.

  11. Good Lord! It’s going to take you forever to get through all those books!

    I’m glad you had a great trip. It looks like your girls are becoming interested in boys {{{shudder}}}

  12. OMG Char, bite your tongue!!!

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