Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Salon- Finally Fall

It's finally fall- officially and the weather is finally playing ball, too! Yesterday was in the 80s in the Boston area and today is a rational, comfortable 65. Bring on the cider!

Yesterday my husband and I went to a great library booksale in the nearby town of Arlington; I got a whole stack of great new reads, including two Angela Thirkell novels, James Kelman's Booker Prize winner How Late It Was, How Late and Anthony Bourdain's new book, Medium Raw. Jeff found a first edition of a Nebula and Hugo Award winner, The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman.

I also found Laurie Halse Anderson's book Speak, which I read yesterday in preparation for Banned Book Week. If I read YA exclusively, I could probably read 5 books a week, but because I read adult literary fiction I'm lucky to read that much in a month! It was great but it reminded me why I don't read more YA- too much teen angst. I mean, I love The Smiths as much as anyone but a little goes a long way.

Anyway today I'm up for more teen angst as I'm reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower as my second Banned Books Week read. I'll have reviews of both later this week. I'm also reading and enjoying Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge, about the Holocaust from the Hungarian point of view. It's a marvel of a novel and I recommend it to anyone interested in the subject or not. I'm also putting together some reading lists for some theme reads I'm going to do for the rest of this year.

What are you up to today? Have a great Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.

13 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

It's true, you can really racchet up the number of books you read when you throw YA into the mix! But I do like them, and I like to see what teens are thinking about.

Marie said...

Jill, it doesn't seem to change that much from book to book or year to year- the window dressing may be different in terms of clothes, trends and technology but kids are kids and their concerns and insecurities remain pretty much the same as in "my day".

Blodeuedd said...

I got very curious abotu Speak when they wanted to ban it. I hope it's good.

And yes, YA books, been reading a lot of books lately cos many have been YA and the pages just turn themselves

caite said...

I so do not need more books...so why do i find the idea of that book sale so appealing?

Alexia561 said...

Don't you just love library book sales? It's sad, but I actually keep track of all of the library sales in the surrounding towns. Um... just supporting the local libraries is all, not feeding my book habit...yeah, right! *L*

It was in the 90s yesterday and today is supposed to be in the low 70s. Mother Nature needs a valium!

Happy reading!

Book Bird Dog said...

Don't tell me! Are books Still being banned? Amazing...

Marce said...

Ohhh 66 already, enjoy the Fall. We considered coming back to Boston end of month but we may do a quick weekend in Dec.

I really want to read Speak especially with everyone talking about it getting ready for Banned Week.

I also can't do much YA but find some great ones every now and again.

reviewsbylola said...

I need to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I am so happy that fall weather is here.

readerbuzz said...

I think I'm suffering from an overload of children's fiction. I hope to read something else today. Still don't know what....

Suzanne said...

I just love book sales! Sounds like you enjoyed this one too!

I'm reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower this week for Banned Books Week too! And Speak was also on my list of possibles! Unfortunately there are many books to choose from for Banned Books Week!

Stop by and say hello this week during banned books week and share your thoughts on the books challenged!

Suzanne

jewwishes said...

What a great selection of finds!

Me, I'm not up to anything book related, per se, other than one book review. I,ve been so busy with family, and I haven't read at all today, so far.

Kathleen said...

I look forward to your thoughts on Speak.

Amy said...

I love teen angst! I do think things change in what teens think about, in how they see the world. It's why we always hear about generation this that or the other.

Having said that, most YA is written by adults and you're right that of course there is universal teen experience.