Sunday Salon

The Sunday

This is going to look a little bit like a book-related Sunday edition of Tuesday Tangents, but here goes:

The Blogging Authors Reading Project is LIVE!
It’s my first hosted challenge, but you’ll notice I’m not calling it a “challenge” – it’s a reading project, and not a very complicated one, either. Will you join me this year in reading books by authors who blog? Check out the announcement post, and if you’re in, let me know with a comment over there!

And here I go, asking for another comment – but this time, it’s for a cause:
In case you missed it, this past Thursday was designated as Delurker Day across the blogiverse.
Following the lead of a couple of other bloggers, I decided to donate $1 per comment received on that day’s post to the Red Cross’ Haitian-earthquake relief efforts – and I’m keeping it going all weekend! Every comment this weekend – whether on the Delurker Day post, the Weekend Review, or this one – will mean another dollar to help address this crisis, so please speak up!

Just to share a couple of other things I’m excited about:

I hadn’t intended to mention this yet, but I’m so looking forward to it that I can’t sit on it much longer. In addition to hosting my first reading challenge, I’m also co-hosting a read-along beginning in February – my first time doing that too! My co-hosts are Heather J. from Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books and Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog, and it’s been fun planning with them. Hopefully, you’ll be interested in reading  The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell along with us (re-readers and newbies welcome)! We’ll be announcing the details in a few weeks, and we’re allowing a couple of months for reading the book and posting about it.

On May 4, I’ll be the guest on “That’s How I Blog!” on Blog Talk Radio, hosted by Nicole of Linus’s Blanket. The show will air live from your laptop (or desktop) at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific time; it will also be archived for later listening online, and can be downloaded as a podcast (which is how I’m catching up on earlier shows). We’ll be chatting about books, blogging, and whatever other topics Nicole and the folks in the chat room decide to ask about. We’ll also have a 20-Minute Book Club. I’ll mention it again when it gets closer, but couldn’t keep myself from telling you now!

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report

Next reviews scheduled
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, by Gail Collins (Women Unbound Challenge) (yeah, I FINALLY finished it!)
Shanghai Girls: A Novel, by Lisa See (TLC Book Tours)

New to my LibraryThing “To Read” collection:
The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister
Life After Genius, by M. Ann Jacoby

New additions to the Wishlist:
Here Lies Arthur, by Philip Reeve (feeding an old, dormant interest)

BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading

It’s happening on May 28, and I won’t be there – but will you? Registration is open for the Book Blogger Convention, to be held in New York City just after Book Expo American ends. What’s it all about? The FAQ page tells all!

Lisa of Books on the Brain has posted the results of her own informal survey about reading challenges – have you weighed in on them yet?

Amy‘s question of the week: Why do you – or don’t you – read dystopian fiction?

Jen Forbus at Jen’s Book Thoughts is looking for bloggers to participate in her first-ever Theme Week: “Detectives Around the World.

A nice overview of the changes in the book world – reading, publishing, blogging, etc. – over the last decade

The right book at the right time, and other things: what are your reading peculiarities? Somewhat related: buying books you know you’ll have no time to read

Happy reading this week!

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  1. Kathy – I really hope you'll be there! I don't usually get to listen live, but I'm catching up on the shows via podcast. Yours was one of the first I listened to :-).

    Book Dilettante – It's kind of a misnomer, since it's actually on the computer, but I think it'll be fun. Nicole is doing a great job with the show!

    Trisha – I lurk a lot more than I comment, too. I think that partly comes with using Google Reader rather than visiting blogs directly. Glad you came by today!

  2. Tuesday Tangents! I need to participate in that this week. Thank you for the reminder.

    I really should read some of those books on my shelves by authors' whose blogs I follow. In some cases I have, but in most I haven't yet. I feel like I am missing out as a result. I like that you're calling it a project and not a challenge. 🙂

    Myckyee gave me a copy of The Sparrow the year before last for Christmas. If I can fit it in, I'll try and join the read-along.

    I can't wait to hear your interview on "That's How I Blog!" I listened to a few of the past episodes recently and enjoyed them.

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Florinda!

  3. I read The Sparrow for a freshman class I TAed my senior year of college. It led to some interesting discussions for sure! 🙂

  4. Wendy (Literary Feline) – I'll look forward to your Tuesday Tangents! I'll actually post mine on Thursday this week, since there's a music-themed Ten on Tuesday topic I couldn't resist (you know how those tend to lure me in :-D).

    You've pretty well explained why I'm undertaking the Blogging Authors Reading Project. But I'll be getting a later start on it than I'd planned, since I'm booked up (no pun intended) with tours for the next few weeks!

    We'd love to have you in on the Read-along, but since it's not officially announced yet, you have some time to decide on it.

    Eva – It's hard to see how it WON'T generate good discussions. I just hope we get good participation!

    Sheri – I committed to BlogHer'10 before the Book Blogger Conference was in the works, and my family is actually going to NYC during our June vacation, so BEA is out for me this year. But I really hope to see you at the Festival of Books!

    Cara – I checked out your review; I must have missed it before, so thank you for the link! Even if you're not part of the Read-along, since you read the book pretty recently yourself, I hope you'll join in the conversation about it.

  5. I love The Sparrow! I don't have time to re-read it in February since Molly from The Bumbles and I will be reading War & Peace together. Yours will probably be more fun 😉 I look forward to the discussion.

  6. Stacybuckeye – We're announcing the read-along in February, but people will have all of March to read the book, so maybe you can join in anyway!