Sunday Salon 3/14: Halfway through the Book-Buying Ban!

The Sunday

I’m not including a formal Bookkeeping Status Report section in this post, but I’ll give you a quick update, in accordance with Unfinished Person‘s efforts to keep me honest in meeting the aims of the Sunday Salon:

I am making good progress with my re-read of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, as part of the Read-along I’m co-hosting. Read-along-ers, please don’t forget the “in-progress” discussion Heather J. is hosting at Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books this coming Tuesday (March 16). I’ll be interested in everyone’s thoughts on the book thus far, and we’re just a couple of weeks away from the Read-along Wrap-Up hosted by Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog on March 30.

The last book I finished was Undercover, by Beth Kephart, and it will be discussed as part of a dual review with another of her novels. The review is written, but won’t be posted until I read Nothing but Ghosts, which I haven’t started yet.

I’m still hanging in with my Lenten book-buying ban*, although it’s getting tougher as my wishlist grows by leaps and bounds, and books I’ve been waiting a while to read are finally coming out in paperback! Speaking of that list, I’m thinking I’ll post all the new additions to it some time before Easter and ask for your votes on which book(s) I should buy first! (By the way, my birthday is the week before Easter, and there is no ban on my receiving books bought by other people…just thought I’d mention that.) Here are this week’s new arrivals on the Wishlist:

The Opposite of Me, by Sarah Pekkanen (a trade paperback original, so I won’t have to wait long after Easter to pick this one up!)
Cassandra at the Wedding, by Dorothy Baker
Remedies, by Kate Ledger
Previously added to the Wishlist, now out in paperback (so I can buy it once Lent is over!):
This One is Mine, by Maria Semple

I did receive two books for review this week:
Between Friends, by Kristy Kiernan (from the publisher, per previous discussion with the author)
Raven Stole the Moon, by Garth Stein (via publicist)

*Related: other thoughts on what it means – if anything – to give up something for Lent

In case you missed this item in Friday’s post:

I’m celebrating my third Blogiversary this week – the actual date is March 16 – and I hope you’ll join me! I’m working on a look back and a look at what’s to come, and of course there will be a giveaway!

Last year at Blogiversary time, I invited questions from readers, and I’d like to do that again this year. Let’s start now: what would you like to know about me, my blog, or anything I talk about here? Ask away, please! Leave your question in the comments or e-mail it to me at 3.rsblog AT Gmail DOT com (if comments aren’t cooperating with you for some reason).

BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading

Do spoilers have a “shelf life”? Speaking of shelves: do you collect books, or mostly just read them? Another question: what prompts you to say “yes” to a book?

The Utah Book Bloggers – and their author buddies – have such a great time at their periodic get-togethers! Who else is envious, besides me?

Book reviews: do you like them long or short? (My response: I’m short, but I prefer reviews on the longer side. If you read mine, that won’t be news, but I prefer others’ to be longish too – unless most of the length comes from a pasted summary or excerpt and the “review” part is three lines long. That’s just false advertising!)

It won’t be news to book bloggers, but mainstream media is noticing: young-adult literature is attracting more “adult” and not-so-young readers. Only vaguely related: attracting the youngest readers to nonfiction

Celebrate all year long, AND see the world from the comfort of your couch – join The World Party Reading Challenge, hosted at Fizzy Thoughts (April 2010-March 2011). The focus is international literature, with a featured country each month; Jill will offer reading suggestions, but participants are free to choose their own books.

** Are you and/or your kids connected with a public school in California? Is your school’s library participating in the California Read-a-thon during National Library Week in April? If you think they should be, find out the details to get your school involved!

** Is your blog included in Fyrefly‘s Book Blogs Search Engine? This custom Google search is an excellent resource when you’re looking for links to other bloggers’ reviews. She’s currently updating the list of blogs searched, so if yours isn’t on it yet, be sure to let her know!

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