Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Salon- Another Beautiful Sunday

Well it's definitely fall now- next weekend my husband and I plan to go apple-picking, a sure sign of the season.

This past week was almost all rain here in Boston, though it cleared up beautifully on Friday, when I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books, and Sandy from You've GOTTA Read This!, who was visiting from Florida. The three of us had lunch in Boston's Back Bay at Trident Booksellers and Café, one of the last independent bookstores in Boston proper, and followed that up with some book-shopping at Trident and Raven Used Books down the street.

Here's the three of us at Raven. The clerk there was very patient about taking pictures for us!It was such a pleasure to see them both and I'm just reminded how thankful I am for the community of booklovers that I've found through blogging.

On that note, this week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I'm participating on a limited basis; I haven't decided how many of the daily posts I'll do but I am doing the interview post on Tuesday with fellow blogger Amy of Amy Reads. I can't wait to share that with you! Beyond that we'll see. I'll do a post later this week about some of my favorite blogs new and old, and maybe something else.

I have two new reviews up on my movie blog: The Debt and Mysteries of Lisbon. I wasn't nuts about either one, but each has some good qualities, too.

As far as reading, I'm about two-thirds of the way through The Dubious Salvation of Jack V., by Jacques Strauss, a coming of age story set in South Africa. I have had very good luck with South African writers in the past and I'm enjoying this. I'm also reading Amara Lakhous's Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, a comic crime novel about diversity in modern-day Italy.

And of course today is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. My 9/11 story is nothing special; I was at work, on one of the upper floors of Boston's Prudential Center when it was announced that we'd be closing for the day and we were to go home immediately- no explanation. It was only once I arrived back at my then-fiance's apartment and turned on the news that I found out why.

I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

What fun to have had a meet-up with Dawn and Sandy! And really what a great post right before BBAW to show the effect that blogging has had on all of us!

bermudaonion said...

What a fun time! I notice all three of you are holding bags!

Zibilee said...

So, so excited that you all got the chance to get together. I told Sandy before she left that I was very envious that she would get the chance to meet you. I know you guys had a great time together, because I know how fun and wonderful she is! Glad to see that you are having a good reading week as well, and I will be excited to see what you think about some of the things you have finished!

Sandy Nawrot said...

It was so wonderful to meet you Marie! And completely analyze everything on the shelves at these bookstores. Only a group of bloggers could effectively do such a thing all afternoon! When I left this morning, I needed a sweater...perfect apple-picking weather. Now I'm sweating and praying for November to come! Have a great remaining Sunday.

iwriteinbooks said...

Oh how fun! Glad you all got to meet up. It seems like it's very much the meet and greet season for book bloggers. :O)

Booksnyc said...

It's great that you had a blogger meet up in Boston! Apple picking weather is my favorite - I love fall.

Kathleen said...

That is so great that you got to meet two fellow bloggers. I am a big fan of Sandy's and need to check out Dawn's blog more often!

stacybuckeye said...

What a great photo of the three of you! I wish I ahd more book bloggers in the area!