Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Salon- Projects New and Old

So as you might have seen yesterday, I'm participating in Bloggiesta this weekend, taking the opportunity to work on my new blogging project, a movie review blog called Marie's Movies. I've been debating doing a movie review blog for a while; my friends Andy and Amanda have such a good one that I've been a little intimidated but I decided to go for it.

I'm going to post as often as I watch a movie or have something to say and I'm hoping that having the blog will motivate me to catch up on my viewing. I've loved the movies almost as long as I've loved books- I remember wanting to be a film critic when I was about 10 years old watching Siskel & Ebert on PBS Sunday mornings. So I think this will be fun.

Of course if you'd like to visit my new blog and become a follower I would love you to bits. :-) I'm going to try to put together a giveaway in the next week or two as well.

Reading-wise, I'm almost done with Richard Harvell's The Bells which started off slow for me but which I'm enjoying very much now as I round the final corner. It picked up a lot about 1/3 of the way through, but I'll have a detailed review when I finish. I started Sholem Aleichem's Wandering Stars a week or two ago and I will admit that I'm not loving it. I will probably finish; it's a fun read, but it's going to take me a while. I'm hoping it too will pick up. After The Bells I'll probably try Yael Hedaya's Eden next. Next month, after I read a Booker Prize winner per my pledge, I'll dip into some 2011 releases, probably starting with The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard.

Speaking of Hannah Pittard, I had the pleasure of meeting her yesterday at a tweetup at local indie Porter Square Books. HarperCollins rep Anne DeCourcey introduced a group of us (mostly booksellers and two bloggers, Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books and myself) to Ms. Pittard, who was charming and funny. Her book isn't even out yet and it's already doing really well- its Indiespensable edition at Powell's has sold out, and it's a First Edition club choice for two major bookstores in this area alone, Odyssey Books and the Harvard Book Store. Looks like she has a bright literary future!

What are you reading today? What are you looking forward to next month?

More Sunday Salon here.