Sunday, July 06, 2008

Sunday Salon: June in review and BAFAB Giveaway winners

It was back to a slower month in June for me, with only 4 books finished. Ah well, we'll see how July turns out. I'm the eternal optimist, each month hoping to read more than the last!

Books completed:
(click on the title to read my review)
25. Down to a Sunless Sea - Mathias B. Freese
26. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney
27. The Scortas' Sun - Laurent Gaudé
28. Farewell to Manzanar - Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston

Favourite of the month: It's a tie between The Tenderness of Wolves and The Scortas' Sun. The settings couldn't be more different, from cold, wintry, northern Canada to hot, sun-scorched, southern Italy but they were so vividly portrayed, I enjoyed some great armchair traveling. The other two books I read actually aren't far behind so it was a good month for quality if not quantity.

Books in: 5 (3 of which were review copies)
Books out: 0

Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
See my post for Weekly Geeks #9.

As for my reading this week, I've only really had time to read in bed at night but I'm nearing the end of Matrimony, which I'm enjoying. Next up, another non-fiction title I think, and then I should probably read Lolita, since I didn't get to it last month. The weather is starting to reach the stage now where all I want to do is hide indoors (I'm not made for heat!) so hopefully I'll get some extra reading in over the summer.

But on to the BAFAB Giveaway and the winners. Thanks to everyone who entered. I tried to enlist my furry assistant to help out with the drawing of names once again but it didn't quite work out this time.

There was a little bit of sniffing at first...

...then Jiro did get one out before proceeding to flop down on the floor with a "I've done my bit" look... H ended up drawing the other names.

I know I said I'd draw two names but we couldn't stop at just two so we have four winners, and they are:

Lori's Reading Corner
Lilith Silvermane

If you could please email me (tanabata2000 at gmail dot com) with your mailing addresses. I'll try to be in touch as well to confirm your choices, and I hope to get your books out to you shortly. For those of you that didn't win this time around, remember that the next BAFAB Week is in October. :)


  1. I was not able to fit quite as many books in this past month as I would have liked either, but I am happy with the reading I did do.

    I am glad to hear you are enjoying Matrimony. I hope to read that one towards the end of this month or at the latest next month.

    Congratulations to the winners of your giveaway!

    I hope you have a great week, Nat.

  2. It's too bad the furry assistants didn't cooperate fully, but could they possibly be more adorable?

    Congrats to the winners!

  3. Happy Sunday Salon. It's very hot here in Texas too and as much as I want to go out and about, the heat makes me just want to stay indoors drinking cool drinks.
    Your furry assistants are so cute. Congrats to the winners!

  4. Ooooh, love those furry assistants! :)

  5. Wendy- Yes I did enjoy what I read so I suppose I shouldn't really complain, even though I do always wish I could read more.
    Hope you have a great week too! :)

    Nymeth- Except for a few bursts of energy when they run around like wild creatures, they spend most of the time flopped out napping and trying to stay cool these days. :)

    Iliana- Sometimes it seems like I spend my summer making various kinds of iced tea and ice cubes! :P

    Julie- Thanks! :)

    PopinFresh- I'm sorry not everyone could win! :)

  6. I was happy with the quality of my reading this month, but like you, I didn't get as much read as usual. I'm not reading as much during the day and by the time I curl up with a book in the evening, I'm ready to fall asleep. Oh, well. Winter will be here soon enough!

  7. Les- I always wish I could read more than I do, it seems. I've been going to bed quite late lately and don't get much read before I fall asleep either.

  8. How lovely - thank you for this! Did you get my email after you left me a message on my blog? Hope so!

  9. Juxtabook- You're welcome. And yes, I did get your email, thanks. The book should be on its way early next week.

  10. No rush! I just didn't want you to think I hadn't responded, when you had a bit of difficuty getting in touch with me. Thanks again.


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