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.

12 comments:

....Petty Witter said...

Enjoy your cuppa and book - as you say they are what Sundays are meant for.

Mystica said...

My last weekend in Melbourne so I went to Borders and browsed! very relaxing whilst my daughter went shopping.

bermudaonion said...

I've heard The Frozen Rabbi is really good, so I'll be watching for your review. I'm behind on writing reviews too, so don't feel bad.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds like a good week for you! I like the look of your Craft Blog...those little floating petals look so artsy. I have them on my Reflections blog.

I know what you mean about certain books that others like...we just have to personally connect, don't we? I usually only give the writer 100 pages before throwing in the towel. Usually it grabs me by then.

Here's my salon:

http://laurel-rainsnowsaccidentallife.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunday-salon-july-18.html

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Sometimes we all need a break -- enjoy your Sunday!!

gautami tripathy said...

I too am behind reviews!

Here is my Sunday Salon post!

unfinishedperson.com said...

Taking it easy on Sunday? What are you, crazy, lady? No way. ;)

Enjoy your Sunday, reading and tea. Sounds great to me.

readerbuzz said...

Why can't you change this blog? Is it locked? Is mine? I think I've been able to use some of the new features....must check....

Marie said...

Readerbuzz, I can't change it because I have the header to accomodate, and because BlogHer requires certain things that make it difficult to completely change over the layout of the blog. I CAN, in the sense that I'm able to, but I have other considerations.

Darlene said...

Taking it easy on Sunday sounds perfect. After I'm done reading a few more blogs, that's what I'm going to do too.

I had been curious about The Quickening. Sorry it doesn't seem to grabbing your interest.

Your craft blog looks great. I need to poke around more. I just started another knitting project which will probably end up as a ufo but I hope not. lol.

Have a great Sunday.

Zibilee said...

I am glad that things are restful for you today! I really liked the Quickening, but my opinion of the main characters was a bit different than most out there. When you are done with it, I would love to discuss it with you!

Kathleen said...

Thank you for sharing the link to your craft blog. You have a wide range of talents and have inspired me to do a bit of scrapbooking this weekend. P.S. Your quilts are lovely