The Sunday Salon: I’m A Laggin’ on My Readin’

Today’s another big day for the twins!  The twins both made All*Stars andare playing today!  It’s kind of a big tah-doo with an ESPN announcer and such.  Mama Bear’s happy happy happy.  I hope that they don’t fight or blow it somehow!

This week’s reads

This week, I read and reviewed:

 Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


I am currently reading Peony In Love by Lisa See.  I’m almost done… should be done today.  Then,  I’m onto The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer (provided for review by Caitlin Price at FSB).  I usually get 3-4 books done in a week.  This week, I must have been reading slowly or something.  I just didn’t get Peony In Love done in time for a Friday or Saturday Review.  (Hmmm…. so unlike me!)


In my mailbox for review

In addition to The Ten Year Nap, I received The Help, Shanghai Girls, and Christianity in Crisis.  Big week for me! 

Challenges & Contests


We really can’t have a winner for Thursday’s Thoughts this week because there were hardly any entrants!  Now, come on… you have all week to post it up until Thursday and the topics aren’t boring!  What’s up?  Do you miss the prize?  Hmmm…. so, we’ll have a prize this week.   This week’s prize is the Hardcover, 25th Anniversary Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends.  Come on regular A Novel Menagerie readers… participate!  It’s part of the Book Giveaway Carnival.   

memories-smallNow, for this week’s Question of the Week, from Jennifer of Literate Housewife:

What are your earliest childhood memories?  How old were you at the time? Why do you think those memories are what stayed?  How are those memories important to you?


BookRoom Review’s Book Giveaway Carnival is coming up March 2nd through the 8th.  The Reader’s Delight Basket has been compiled and I hope that you’re going to love it!  It has 4 of my favorite books (all brand spankin’ new and just for you) plus some goodies.  It has a $100 value!  AHA!  Now you must enter!  


For “Just For the Love Of It Reading Challenge” and “J. Kaye’s 100+ Book Challenge,” I’ve read 25 books so far year-to-date.  WOW… that means that I’m 25% done with J. Kaye’s Challenge and we’re only 16.67% done with the year.  I’m ahead by over 8%.  Yippee! 

For the participants of  the Just For the Love of It Challenge, please remember to link your review posts for February HERE.  For your March posts, click HERE.  Remember, you can always go to the sidebar and click on the month you need to enter your review under… it’ll shoot you straight over to the Mr. Linky post.  Enter your review on Mr. Linky.  CHEERS to the Just For the Love of It Challengers… 42 book reviews posted in February!  WE KICK BUTT!

At Home & On TV

I’m getting a much smaller tax refund than I’d hoped for.  I’m dark, gloomy and brooding about it.  Uncle Sam… oh, how I detest you sometimes!  I’m working on the reorganization of my mortgage loan this weekend. 

The Bachelor Season Finale is on tomorrow night.  Ain’t NOBODY better speak to me during these 2 hours!  Deanna Pappas is returning and I’m dying to watch After the Final Rose.  No reading tomorrow, NOPE NOPE NOPE!  Well, maybe during commercials. 

American Idol was interesting this week.  But, once again the viewers voted my personal favorites to stay!  Yippee!  I can’t wait to see the one guy who is visually impaired with the piano this week.  Excited.  Did you read in the news that Simon Cowell was pulled over for a “no license plate on the front of your vehicle” and “no seatbelt” ticket?  I think he got out of it with a warning.  Why doesn’t he change his hair cut?  I don’t like the top so much. 

Dancing With the Stars is starting on the 9th!  Yeah.  And, I’m just so into Big Love this season, as always.  I loved last week’s episode when Bill asks God where he is, claiming he doesn’t feel him, with that huge looming angel in the clouds above his head.  Classic! 

The Office was a re-run this week.  BOOOOOO.  HISSSSS.  And, what’s up with Family Guy?  No more repeats!

Hell’s Kitchen was customarily fun on Thursday.  Boy was Chef Ramsey sore about the “butt in the lettuce.”  He’s such a freak the way that he just completely loses it over things.  He’s going to die over a heart-attack.

Thanks, all, for reading not only this post, but the others as well.   Your readership means the world to me!

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10 Responses

  1. Literate Housewife

    March 1st, 2009 at 10:44 am

    What a cute button! I’m looking forward to next week. I’m sad there weren’t that many entrants this week. We’ll have to come up with ways to change that.

    I’m getting to more Just for the Love of It books. Go With Me was one that I’ll be able to add once the review is written. I’m also reading False Colours by Georgette Heyer for my Historical Fiction Lovers book club on Facebook. That counts as well as Gone With the Wind. :)

  2. Meg @ Literary Menagerie

    March 1st, 2009 at 11:02 am

    You’ve read nearly as many books this week as I’ve read this month! Now who’s laggin’? :)

  3. Menagerie

    March 1st, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Meg… you’re a crack up!

  4. Kathy

    March 1st, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I can’t wait for the new season of Dancing With the Stars!

  5. Menagerie

    March 1st, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Me neither, Kathy!

  6. Carrie K.

    March 1st, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I only read 5 books in the entire month of February, so I think you’re doing great!

    Is Christanity in Crisis a Hank Hanegraaf title? I really enjoyed his novel The Last Disciple, and have been waiting and waiting for him to come out with the non-fiction companion that explains his “end times” views.

  7. Jo-Jo

    March 1st, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Damn the IRS…they just ruin everything for us!

  8. Erika Lynn

    March 1st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I loved Something Borrowed. Actually I loved all of Emily Giffin’s books!

  9. Darlene

    March 2nd, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I’m with you—I’m going to be glued to the tv during The Bachelor. Boy am I curious as to what’s going to happen when Deanna shows up. I think there’s going to be some daggers shooting.

    Two of my pics went through for Idol-they were really the only two I picked. That red head girl and the crazy guy-I can’t remember his name but I love him.

    Hope this week will be a good one for you!

  10. Shana @ Literarily

    March 4th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Girl – at 25 books in two months you are NOT lagging behind!!

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