Sunday Salon – Sleepy Edition

This has been an overwhelming week. We had my grandfather’s memorial service on Monday, then there was 4th of July, and then yesterday was the joint birthday party for Daniel and the girls. Oh! And my blog was hacked on Friday, when I was in the middle of getting ready for the party (the nice people at my host fixed it, but my widgets and a couple of other things are still screwy). I’m sort of wiped out now. We did have a lot of fun at the party yesterday, though.

And the obligatory cake video, although they didn’t really SMASH it

Unsurprisingly, I didn’t get much reading done this week, here’s what I finished:

This week I posted my June Reading Wrap-Up and reviewed three books:

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June 2013 Reading Wrap-Up

Goodbye, June. Goodbye, June is Audiobook Month. Hello me coming ever closer to not being able to keep up with my current posting schedule because I’m not reading enough. I finished a total of 13 books in June, 6 of which were audios (for a total of about 62 hours) and 7 of which were print (for a total of about 2300 pages).

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Snapper by Brian Kimberling, narrated by Macleod Andrews
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite
Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas, narrated by Bernadette Sullivan
Stormbringers: Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory, narrated by Nicola Barber

Fiction
Still Midnight by Denise Mina
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
Penny, n by Madeline McDonnell

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Nonfiction
Burning the Page: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Reading by Jason Merkoski

Other Posts:
Joe’s America – guest post by Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat
Saint-Exupery in New York – and in Studio Saint-Ex – guest post by Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex
Going Public…In Shorts and an interview with narrator Cassandra Campbell
D.E.A.R. – June 2013
2012-2013, you audiobook year – Audiobook Week discussion
How do you choose your audiobooks? – Audiobook Week discussion
Audiobook Week mid-week meme
Audiobook tasks – Audiobook Week discussion
Learning about audiobooks – Audiobook Week discussion
Author and narrator roundtable – Mary Kay Andrews and Kathleen McInerney discuss Ladies’ Night

Pick of the Month:


Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie, narrated by Marisa Calin
Revolutionary Summer by Joseph Ellis, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
Rescue for a Queen by Fiona Buckley, narrated by Wanda McCaddon
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell, narrated by Matthew Wolf

Fiction
The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle
The Village by Nikita Lalwani
Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Nonfiction/Memoir
Blue Plate Special by Kate Christiansen
Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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Sunday Salon – Goodbye, Google Reader!

So, as of tomorrow morning, July 1, Google Reader is going away. I have personally already switched to Feedly and honestly I like it better than Reader. They can import your Google reader subscriptions, but you might want to hurry and sign up today, because I have no idea if Google is going to remember where you were subscribed as of tomorrow.

This past week was Daniel’s 4th birthday and we had a whole bunch of fun activities. In the coming week we have two more family birthdays, as well as the combined family birthday party for Daniel and the girls. Lots of fun!

I’m still in a bit of a reading slump, but my audio time is going pretty well, here’s what I finished this week:

To celebrate the end of June is Audiobook Month, I hosted a roundtable discussion between Mary Kay Andrews and Kathleen McInerney who narrates Andrews’s more recent books. I also reviewed the following:

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Sunday Salon – Post-Audiobook Week

This was sort of a crazy week. On one hand, it was Audiobook Week, which is one of the biggest weeks on my blog. Luckily I had nearly everything scheduled and ready to go, because at the end of last week we heard that my grandfather was in the hospital. On Sunday we drove down to Indianapolis because he was doing worse. He passed on on Monday afternoon and we were down there until Tuesday. When we came back I had a few freelance assignments that had to be taken care of right away, but other than that I was more into spending time with my kids than any time on the computer, so I still haven’t commented on more than 15 or so Audiobook Week posts. Eventually I will though, I promise!

In case you missed any Audiobook Week posts, here’s the wrap-up:

Audiobook Week Reviews
Discussion: Your Audiobook Year
Discussion: How Do You Choose Your Audiobooks?
Discussion: Mid-Week Meme
Discussion: Audiobook Tasks
Discussion: Learning About Audiobooks

I did get a fair amount of reading in with all my not at the computer time. Here’s what I finished:


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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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