“What’s What” in the Sunday Salon: August 10, 2014

"What's What" updates in the Sunday Salon

What I’m reading

  • in print / on screen

I’m in between print reads at the moment. I finished a very thought-provoking galley yesterday morning, which I’ve submitted for a Shelf Awareness review. I always repost those here, but this one will either have a lot of “reaction” added to it when I do, or it will get two posts devoted to it. The book is Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond. As it happens, I actually am “against football”–the book gave me a lot to think about, which I think is absolutely what it intends, and which is why I found much more to say about it that a Shelf review will accommodate.

The September galleys are calling now–I don’t have too many to consider for Shelf Awareness, but I think most of the books I brought back from BEA are coming out in either September or October. I’ll get started on one or two of those by the end of the weekend, but I still haven’t decided which.

I set aside The Interestings to meet that Shelf deadline, but I’ve picked it back up again now; I’m about two-thirds done with the e-book.

  • on audio

Since my last “What’s What” Salon post, I’ve started and finished All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by journalist Jennifer Senior. It’s an extension of an article published in New York magazine in July 2010–at that time, with the far more provocative subtitle “Why Parents Hate Parenting”–and this particular parent found it perceptive and eye-opening. There will probably be two posts around this one, too.

What I’m watching

We’re seeing Guardians of the Galaxy for the second time today, since my stepson wasn’t with us when we went last weekend. I’m fully expecting to enjoy it at least as much as I did the first time, and possibly more. On Thursday, we have tickets to another “Rifftrax Live!” show–this time they’re riffing the 1998 remake of Godzilla. I’ve never seen it, but I’ve been assured that it’s ripe for major mockery, so I’m quite looking forward to this.

TV-wise, this has definitely been a Supernatural summer at my house, and I’m working on a post about that, too. (We’re almost halfway through the seventh season on Netflix now…and so far, it’s not my favorite.)

And we have a little less than two weeks until the arrival of the Twelfth Doctor!

What I’m writing

I think I just covered that–right now, it seems to concern what I’m reading and watching.

What Else is New?

–This is actually a little old, or at least left over, as opposed to “new”:

I’ve been running a giveaway for three free months of the Next Issue magazine app since last week. I have three codes to share, but so far there’s only been ONE entry. My original announcement said I’d pick winners today, and so one code will be awarded to Candace of Beth Fish Reads.

I’m going to keep the giveaway open for at least one more week, or until there are at least two more entries, whichever comes later. You can read more about it, and access the entry form, in the announcement post from last Sunday

–This is new(ish), though:

Aarti of Booklust is making some changes to the “A More Diverse Universe” reading event she’s hosted since 2012. This year, #Diversiverse, which will take place during the last two weeks of September, is a reading challenge rather than a blog tour, and it’s not focused on speculative fiction any more: now it’s about “expanding your reading universe” to include authors of color across all genres.

Not long ago, Thien-Kim at From Left to Write Book Club recognized that #AdultsNeedDiverseBooksToo and challenged her own readers to read and recommend them.

I decided that these two boosters of reading diversely needed to know each other, and this week I introduced them on Twitter. Connecting people with similar goals and interests is one of my favorite things about living the online life, and I really hope these two will be able to join forces somehow.

Gratuitous Photo of the Week

what do you see in this cloud?
What do you see in this cloud?

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