Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday Salon: rainy days

Well I didn't make it to the Salon last week. You can see where I was and what I was taking pictures of instead of reading last Sunday here. I've also been having computer troubles lately. Instead of just being generally uncooperative and slow, my computer has taken to shutting itself off whenever it feels like it, usually when I'm right in the middle of something! So today I come to the Salon from my used but new-to-me MacBook. I've finally joined the world of Apple, other than my trusty ipod that is. I'm still getting used to it but it's nice to have something a bit more portable than my old one.

This has been a pretty slow month for me, so far, reading-wise so I haven't actually a whole lot to report. In the last couple of weeks I did finally post my review of Down to a Sunless Sea. I also finished reading The Tenderness of Wolves a couple of days ago so a review should be coming soon. I really enjoyed the setting, late 19th century in northern Canada. Now I've picked up The Scortas' Sun by Laurent Gaudé, winner of the Prix Goncourt in 2004 and a Hesperus Press title. I love their books! It's another one with a strong setting. Whereas I felt like I could really feel the biting cold winter winds and snow in The Tenderness of Wolves, now I'm experiencing dry, hot sunshine in southern Italy.

And speaking of weather, I'm glad we went out a lot last weekend because this has been a very rainy weekend, today especially. Rain, rain and more rain. For rainy season, we actually had quite a few dry days, up until now, but it's made up for it in the last couple of days. It does look like it might let up a bit on Tuesday though. Ah well, good weather for staying home with a book. So today has been spent partly reading my book, and reading blogs in an attempt to catch up, and then we ordered pizza and finally watched The Bourne Ultimatum. A nice, lazy day.

My new aquisitions in the last couple of weeks include a signed copy of Matrimony gratefully received from the author, Joshua Henkin, which I hope to read early next month. Also a copy of The Painter of Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein. I'm so thrilled to have finally got a couple of review copies. I quite envy those of you in the US or UK with easier access to them. Anyway, I also ordered a couple of non-fiction books. Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation and Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West. Both of these purchases a little bit inspired by recent events.

And last, if you haven't already, you have one more day to enter Stephanie's giveaway for a copy of Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.
And don't forget Heather's draw for two books to be held on the 27th.
Have a great week. May your weather be dry and cool.


  1. Send that rain this way, and everyone in NC will be eternally grateful!

    I hope to enjoy a similarly laid back Sunday.

  2. I don't blame you for skipping last Sunday's Salon and going where you did. We'll let you slide this time. ;)

  3. I have heard great things about MacBooks and Apple computers in general. I hope yours works out well for you!

    Whereas your rainy weather makes it perfect for lazing about inside, the hot weather here demands it as well. So different and yet perfect for a day of reading either way. :-)

    I received a copy of The Painter in Shanghai not too long ago too to review. I am looking forward to reading that one. I've heard mixed reviews of it, but I want to see for myself.

    Have a great week!

  4. We had some rainy weather yesterday but today it's back to hot and sunny. I don't mind the sun one bit but I could use some cool air :)
    I'm looking forward to your review of Tenderness of Wolves. That seems to be a popular book - I keep seeing it all over the mystery book/news blogs.

  5. I'm finding it a good day to stay indoors too, but not because of rain; it's too hot to be outside. I just checked, and the air temp is 101 degrees so I will stay inside in the air conditioning and read. Maybe a movie later.

    Glad you got some review copies! Yay!

    Thanks for mentioning "Shutting Out the Sun" as it sounds like something that would interest me that I haven't heard of.

  6. It's rainy in Chicago too. I am almost finished with Matrimony and hope to have a review up this week. Have a good week!

  7. Dry, yes. Cool, no. We're having a crazy heatwave in Southern California, but that is also good for staying inside and reading (in the a/c).

  8. The author of Down To A Sunless Sea has just asked me to review it, and now this is the second time I hear of it. Trust you, Tanabata, to have already read I book I'd not heard of! I'm not going to read your review just yet, for fear it will give me a mindset that I need to keep open. I do hope you enjoy your new-to-you Mac notebook; it must be a little more convenient to use?

  9. Andi- I'll see what I can do. ;)
    Hope you had a relaxing Sunday.

    justareadingfool- LOL. Thanks. :)

    Wendy- My husband started using a Mac last year so he's been giving me tips. Some things are in different places or use a different process than on my old one so I'm still getting used to it but so far I'm liking it.

    Iliana- I really enjoyed The Tenderness of Wolves and would recommend it. I hope to get it reviewed this week.

    Terri B- From next month I'll most likely be hiding indoors too to avoid the heat. Thank goodness for air conditioning.
    I heard about Shutting Out the Sun on another blog and thought it sounded like something I'd like to read. I'm hoping to get to it sometime soon.

    My Journey Through Reading- I look forward to reading your review.

    lisamm- It sounds like it's been ridiculously hot there lately. I definitely do stay indoors more in the summer.

    Bellezza- I had just read Literary Feline's review of Down to a Sunless Sea a couple days before the author contacted me. :)
    So far I'm liking my MacBook. The screen is smaller but it's nice that it's lighter and more portable.

  10. Dry and cool?? Ha! I can't remember a summer so rainy as ours. It's almost July and our yard/lawn looks like it usually does in May. Everything is so lush and green and we're all growing gills. It can stop now!!

  11. Les- Wishful thinking! Lush and green is good but I can imagine you're quite tired of all that rain. I actually don't mind rainy season too too much because once it's over the real heat and humidity sets in.


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