Sunday Salon – Pre-Audiobook Week Edition

audiobookweekbutton zpsdb6e126c picture OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, AUDIOBOOK WEEK STARTS TOMORROW.

Whew, sorry, now that’s out of my system. Or sort of, at least. I’ll probably be halfway insane all next week with it going on, and I have spent most of my free time in this past week preparing for it.

Between all the Audiobook Week prep and the fact that I have like 6 different books going, I finished absolutely nothing in print this week. Here’s all I got through:

It was a busy week on the blog, though! I had an interview with and audio clip from Cassandra Campbell for the June is Audiobook Month project Going Public…In Shorts and I also posted my June D.E.A.R. post. In addition to all that, here’s what I reviewed:

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Sunday Salon – 6/9/2013

I was a walking fiend this week, y’all. I got all the way to my step goal for the week in only five days. On Tuesday I actually managed to walk 20,000 steps. Of course, that was partly because my credit card fell out of my pocket on my walk so I had to re-do the whole circuit. But still! 20,000 steps, that’s over 8.5 miles. I also managed to read a good amount this week. Here’s what I finished since the beginning of June:

This week I had two guest posts, one from Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat, about Depression-era America and one from Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex, about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Little Prince. I also reviewed quite the eclectic array of books this week:

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Sunday Salon – 5/26/13

Summer is here! Or, well, it was last weekend. Then we had a couple days of very early Spring, today finally feels again like, oh, say, late April. At least it was nice enough to get out and take a nice walk this morning and listen to my audiobook. Twelve more miles with my fitbit until I get my 50 mile badge!

This week was 3 year old preschool graduation!

I know he still has another year before kindergarten, but it still seems crazy that Daniel could have had a graduation already. Gah! Where’d my baby boy go? His fourth birthday is in a MONTH. Insane.

Anyway, enough reminiscing, here’s what I read this week:

This week I hosted a BOOK CLUB for the basically universally beloved The Golem and the Jinni, and also reviewed these books:

Is your weather any better than ours? What did you read this week?

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Sunday Salon – Out and About

If I haven’t been around as much as usual this week, it is because I’ve pretty much either been working or I’ve been outside. For the past two weeks now I’ve been trying to get our yard in shape and have been, in particular, waging war against dandelions. I seem to be winning at the moment, but it is a war that requires Constant Vigilance. (We don’t want to be using weed killer on the lawn while the girls are at an age where they crawl around on it). So, anyway, I’ve pretty much been outside Doing Things or inside taking care of the children or trying to squeeze in sufficient work time. ALSO, yesterday I got a Fitbit Zip, so I made a point of taking TWO walks, one really quite long and the other with a significant detour. I did manage to get in over 18,500 steps yesterday after the mail came at 10:30, so I’m really rather happy about that. Plus all this moving around outside stuff has meant I’ve gotten in a lot of audiobook time (if not much in the way of print-book time). Here’s what I finished this week:

This week I announced what is next for BOOK CLUB this summer, and also posted two book reviews:

And now I am off again because we are digging up weeds and ground cover in a nearly-barren patch of lawn in order to re-seed. Hopefully before the girls get back up.


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Sunday Salon – Readathon

So, for the first time since Daniel (who is almost 4, by the way) was just a few months old I was able to participate in the Readathon this weekend. I got to head to an empty condo with my lovely ladies Michelle from That’s What She Read and Julie from Girls Just Reading for some reading fun while my husband hung out with the kids.

During the time we were actually reading and not talking I tried the tactic of alternating books every 50 pages. It kept me going very nicely, but it also meant that I didn’t finish my first book until just before midnight. I finished one more around 1:30 or so, and started two others before heading to bed around 3 (okay, actually I’m writing this at 3 and will very likely still be asleep when it posts, but SHHH, I’m going to bed in a minute).

I read about 800 pages all told and had LOTS of fun, not least with Michelle’s brilliant idea of doing all hourly updates on Instagram (and posting those to Tumblr). Although there were some hours where picture ideas were tough to come by, it was still a much faster and lower-stress method of updating than getting on the computer and typing something up, and it served to keep us less distracted by the world of social media.

So here are the books I finished this week, first pre-Readathon, then Readathon:

I know I typically also link you to what I reviewed in a given week, but I’m falling asleep in my keyboard, so I will trust that you are all capable of going back and checking that out on your own.

Did you read anything good this weekend?

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