Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Salon- Current Reading and Reading Coming Soon

I'm enjoying a nice laid-back weekend after another crazy week. I attended a mini conference on Friday at which I had to give a talk on upcoming Jewish books through the rest of the year. I'll do a post on this soon; I can't wait to share some of the interesting things coming out.

Yesterday Jeff and I went to a big library booksale in the neighboring town of Concord; it was total chaos! Tables everywhere, books everywhere, people everywhere. And it was raining. I love library booksales but affluent suburbanites can be very competitive when it comes to cheap books. I got three things- Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel (signed!), The Jerusalem File by Joel Stone, and Snow by Orhan Pamuk. We got there about an hour and a half after it started and it was already pretty picked over. I'm happy with my finds though!

I've now got three books going: The Colony, by Jillian Weise; He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, by Trish Ryan; Beautiful Maria of my Soul, by Oscar Hijuelos. Last night my husband and I spent some time relaxing and reading our books with coffees at our local Barnes & Noble cafe; I love doing that. I added a couple of books to my wishlist of course, most notably Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna, which just won the Orange Prize, and Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, which is going on my "When it Comes out in Paperback" list, because I can't quite bring myself to buy any more hardcovers right now. But if one of you has read it, I would love to know what you think.

Today's big plan? I'll go to the gym and spend time with Jeff; probably, a bookstore will be involved somehow! I also need to catch up on all your blogs. What are you up to?

More Sunday Salon here.