The Sunday Salon: 13th December 2009

It’s been a busy week for me and I have only posted one review this week – The Rendezvous and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier. I’m now reading (re-reading, really) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as part of a group read at Goodreads and also as part of the Christmas Reading Challenge. I used to read it every Christmas when I was younger but haven’t read it for a few years now, so I’d forgotten some of the details of the story and am enjoying my re-read! Also, as mentioned in my previous post, I received my first book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers yesterday – A Warrior’s Life: A Biography of Paulo Coelho by Fernando Morais. From the synopsis it sounds like Paulo Coelho has had quite an eventful life!

Something else I’ve been working on this week (and will need to continue working on for a while longer) is a profile of M.M. Kaye’s The Far Pavilions for the Book Drum website. Book Drum is a new site that aims to provide pictures, videos and information to help enhance our understanding and enjoyment of hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books. They are currently holding a tournament with prizes for the best book profiles – the closing date is 31 January 2010, so there’s still time to enter.

I had a nice surprise on Friday when Kath from [Insert suitably snappy title here…] named me one of her five best blogs. I feel very honoured as I’ve only been blogging since October! To continue the chain of love (as requested by Kath) I’ve listed below five that I always enjoy visiting, though still being relatively new to the book blogging community I’m discovering great blogs almost every day – I’ll highlight some more in my next Sunday Salon post.

Laura’s Reviews
What Book Is That?
Mindful Musings
A Bookshelf Monstrosity

Enjoy your Sunday!

The Sunday Salon: 15th November 2009

Books read and reviewed:

This week I reviewed Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I also finished reading Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain this morning. It was not an easy read but I learned a lot from it – I’ll post my review later.

Blog updates:

You may have noticed that I’ve made one small addition to the left sidebar – this is a list of links to international book giveaways. There are not many giveaways which are open to those of us outside the US and Canada, so I’ll try to keep the list updated every time I discover an international giveaway.

I also now have an A-Z list of reviews which I will add to every time I review a book. There are only two books on the list so far because my blog is still so new, but I’m sure the list will soon start to grow!

Finally I want to tell you about a new feature coming soon to this blog – it’s called Great Books and will give me an excuse to revisit some of the great books I read before creating my blog. Although I have a very long TBR list, there are some books that are so good they deserve to be read more than once. Great Books will be an occasional series in which I’ll re-read and review one of my all-time favourites.

The Sunday Salon: My First TSS Post

Welcome to my first Sunday Salon post. As it’s the first day of November today, I thought I’d take a look back at October.

In October I finished a re-read of Diana Gabaldon’s A Breath of Snow and Ashes in preparation for beginning An Echo in the Bone. You can read my review of An Echo in the Bone here. Since then, I’ve been reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. As it’s such a long book (and I do work full-time too) I haven’t finished it yet – I’m currently on page 627.

So far I really love being part of the book blogging world. I enjoyed last week’s Booking Through Thursday question and I’m going to try to take part in this as often as I can.

I’ve signed up for the Christmas Reading Challenge and am looking for some more challenges to join. Not too many though, as I don’t know how much time I’m going to have!