Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Salon: Allure of the Vampire

What have I been reading over the last week? Well, I finished Lighting the Dark Side by William R. Potter and posted a review here with a giveaway. Click on the link to enter to win your own signed copy; the winner will be announced on Friday. After that I chose the slim, and mostly enjoyable The Book of Proper Names by Amélie Nothomb which I finished last night but I'll say more about it when I review it this week.

As for my reading today...with all the talk about the Twilight movie (I really want to see it but I just found out it won't be coming to Japan until April 2009!), and after watching a few trailers and clips from it (again!) on YouTube, I could no longer resist and picked up New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. I read Twilight about a year ago and loved it, much to my surprise. A lot of people were less than enthusiastic about the other books in the series though so I found myself putting off reading the second book. Well, no more. I read the last chapter of Twilight again to refresh my memory, and then spent a couple of hours reading New Moon today. I'm about 200 pages in and so far so good. It's sucked me in and I hope I can fit in some extra time this week to read it.

In other news, I like the weekly recap that some of you do, so I'm going to start doing that as well and see how it goes. Here's the week in review:
Monday: Weekend Snapshot- Chyrsanthemums and Mailbox Monday
Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday and Where am I?
Thursday: Review of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Friday: Review of Lighting the Dark Side by William R. Potter
Saturday: PhotoHunt: Reflection
Also, I'm a little late but it's time to announce the winner of my giveaway to celebrate the opening of my online shop. So without further ado, and thanks to, the winner of a calendar of their choice from my gallery is
Thank you to everyone who entered. For those of you that didn't win this time, just a reminder that all calendars at Zazzle, including mine, are 40% off until November 27th. Just use the code CALENDARSAVE during checkout. I hope you'll stop by sometimes as I'll be adding new photos all the time, and do let me know if there's something specific you'd like. Thanks for your support! Have a great week!


  1. Congratulations, Iliana!

    *Gorgeous calendars, Tanabata!

  2. I am looking forward to your Amelie Nothomb review. Aspecially your feeling on her writing, in France where she has a cult following she is known for her biting and sarcastic/funny prose. I will have to look up two of her novels I aspecially liked, they are dialogues. Will get back to you with the names in English.

    I might be on the net a little less the next couple of days, I am real tired.

  3. After seeing the movie Twilight, I want to pick up New Moon and read it right away. Alas, I have other books I must get to first. ;-) April will be here soon! I'm waiting on pins and needles for the new Harry Potter movie. The trailers for it look so good!

    Congratulations to Iliana on winning the calendar!

  4. Yay me! Thank you so much. I'll send you an email :)

  5. Thanks Joy!

    Sylvie - I did find her prose quite funny in places. I look forward to hearing which ones are your favourites. You can tell me the French names if you like.
    I've been really tired lately too, partly from not enough sleep but also partly from the change of seasons I think. Now that it's cooler, it's so hard to get up in the morning, out of the warm, cozy bed!

    Wendy - So how was the movie? I just whipped through New Moon! It was a holiday here yesterday and raining so I spent a few hours reading instead of doing the other stuff I'd wanted to get done. I really enjoyed spending time with these characters again and would love to continue on to Eclipse but I just don't have time right now.
    The new Harry Potter film does look great, doesn't it?

    Iliana - You're very welcome! :)


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