Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sunday Salon: odds and ends

You most likely already know about Natasha's project to read and blog about Darfur for the entire month of September, but I wanted to mention it here. If somehow you've missed hearing about it, you can read more about it here or by clicking on the button.
And to watch a video of Natasha explaining why she decided to undertake this project in the first place, go here. In the spirit of taking part, and since it's been on my wishlist anyway since I first heard about it, I've just ordered a copy of The Translator by Daoud Hari. Hopefully it'll arrive promptly and I'll be able to read it before the end of the month. For more suggestions what to read, Natasha's compiled a list here.

Also in the book blogger community, Amy has been working hard to organise the Book Blogger Appreciation Week that is coming up soon. Finalists have been named and voting is now open, so don't forget to drop by and vote for your favourites. I have to say there are many book blogs among the finalists that I hadn't heard of before! Sigh. More great blogs that I won't have time to keep up with!

On to what I've been reading.. this past week seemed to just fly by but I did get reviews up of Daisy Miller and A Geisha's Journey (click on either title to read my review) and I finished reading Sisters of Misery and earlier today Three Shadows! So now I'm two reviews behind again but I'll hopefully get them up in the next week. I really enjoyed Sisters of Misery (you can read a teaser quote here), so I'm looking forward to catching up with Maddie and the other characters when the second book comes out next year. Three Shadows was also a good read, especially for the drawings by Cyril Pedrosa. I'm still new to graphic novels and sometimes I find myself just reading the text so I have to remind myself to pay more attention to the artwork. He has an interesting style, so I often found myself letting my eyes travel back over the page I'd just read to take it all in. Finishing these two also means that I'm already half done the R.I.P. III Challenge. Go me! Next up I think I'm going to finally read Perfume by Patrick Süskind. It's been languishing in TBR purgatory for quite awhile so it's about time.

Not exactly bookish but this week I also got the Super Commenter Award from Kailana at The Written World. I was a bit surprised since I'm not always very good at leaving comments, you know I'm always lamenting the fact that I'm behind on reading blogs! I think that all of my "regulars" deserve this award but I'm too lazy to go looking who's already got it and who hasn't. So you know who you are -- thank you so much for regularly taking the time to stop by and comment! And if you're reading this and I haven't been over to comment on your blog lately, please say hi. Return visits always take priority! :)
Have a great week! May you read lots and stay dry!


  1. I'm glad you liked Daisy Miller; that one is on my list of TBR's. I look forward to hearing what you think of Perfume. That book sounds quite intriguing.

  2. Congrats on the awards, tanabata. It's totally deserved. You may not leave comments every day, but when you do they're always relevant and interesting and kind. And qualify is superior to quantity :P

    I read a very enticing review of Three Shadows just the other day. I look forward to seeing how you like it.

  3. Thanks for posting! I really liked The Translator. It's a quick read but stays with you long afterwards.

  4. Actually, I think you're a super commenter. We've had some lovely chats, haven't we?

  5. I'm hoping to read Not on Our Watch for Natasha's project.

    I hope you'll love Perfume. It's one of my favorites.

  6. Colleen- I've read a little bit of Perfume now and so far so good.

    Nymeth- Well thank you! :)
    I think you would really enjoy Three Shadows. Hopefully I'll get my review up later this week.

    Natasha- I've been wanting to read it since I first heard about it so thanks for the nudge to finally do so.

    Nancy- We have had some lovely chats. :)
    But then yours is one of the blogs I make a special point to visit regularly, along with Nymeth's and a few others, so you do get more comments from me. There are lots of other blogs that I'd like to follow better but I never seem to get further than lurking after the fact.

    Iliana- I'm really enjoying what I've read of Perfume so far, so it's looking good. :)


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