Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Salon - Life Quiets Back Down

No conferences, no business trips, no running around today- just me and a cup of tea and a book, the way Sunday should be!

I'm reading Steve Stern's The Frozen Rabbi, which I'm enjoying quite a bit. I'm a little behind on new releases; this book came out in April. I'm also reading Michelle Hoover's The Quickening, which I'm not enjoying as much. I'm going to give it a few more chapters for some kind of plot to develop, but after that we'll have to see. The reviews on LibraryThing have been uniformly positive so this may be another instance of me being a literary contrarian. We'll see. I'm also working my way through Belle Yang's incredible graphic novel Forget Sorrow, about family stories from China. I love her visual style and the way the stories weave together; I won't have finished it to write about it tomorrow but hopefully I'll have a review in a week or so.

I'm also hugely behind on writing reviews, so I may try to punch out a few of those today. But mostly I think I just want to take it easy as much as possible, and maybe work on my "personal accordion" book project for my Artist's Bookmaking class. It's going to be a scrapbook for my upcoming trip to Florida; I've already covered the bookboards for the cover and last week when we did paste paper and marbling, I tried to make papers I could use in the project, papers in tropical colors and patterns. I'll have the photos to show you on Thursday.

Speaking of crafts, I changed the look on my craft blog and I'm using it to document side projects and exercises in the bookmaking class. I love all the new customization options Blogger is offering. I can't change this blog but it was fun to experiment on the other one. Pop over there if you're interested.

For now, I'm going back to my cup of tea! Have a great Sunday.

More Sunday Salon here.