19 January 2020

Sunday Salon - 19.Jan.20

What a week! I'm checking and and wrapping it all up while pairing with Readerbuzz for the Sunday Salon.
It finally looks like winter here! And feels like it! Brrr...... We got around 6 inches of snow yesterday, and then it snowed some more today (although today's wasn't even forecasted). We keep teasing the kids that there probably won't be school tomorrow (spoiler alert: there is no school for students tomorrow as it's a teacher professional development day). But even though we don't have school, I did schedule dentist appointments for us starting at 9 am. At least that will be done again til June, right?

What I Read

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I purchased and read this one for my daughter's middle school battle of the books. I really enjoyed this middle grade fantasy book. While the title character was far from my favorite character in this book, I did like some of the fairy characters much better. If I had more time on my hands, I would totally look forward to reading more books in this series. I will definitely see the Disney movie based on this book, once it's released. I'd give Artemis Fowl 4 out of 5 stars.

Currently Reading

The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams

I'm really enjoying this one so far. I think I've just got a couple hours left. I'm equally engaged with 1998 Ella's story, and the story of Ginger from the 1920s. According to the Goodreads listing, this is the second book in the Wicked City series! Once I wrap up this post, I'll be able to snuggle in and finish this up. Watch for my review here and on NetGalley within the next few days. Thanks to NetGalley for my electronic copy of this book.

The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit's Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery by Karen Dybis

I haven't started this one yet, but I've been on the waiting list through my local library and finally got it! I live about an hour out of Detroit and I'm looking forward to this intriguing local-ish history.


In other bookish news, I just got back home from our first meeting for our adult battle of the books team. So fun!! I don't have a lot of real-life friends and activities on a regular basis, so I'm really looking forward to hanging out with these ladies and working our way up to this event! I think the other three on our team feel the same.
We had a great time this evening hanging out at a local restaurant, sharing some appetizers, and talking about lots of books. Our next meeting is in mid-February, and we've talked about actually reading one of our assigned books by then - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

Off the Blog

This month is kind of crazy busy (okay, next month too). Tomorrow my 12-year-old daughter has a performance with her acappella group for the Martin Luther King Jr community event. Then she has play practice Monday - Friday for her middle school's production of The Wizard of Oz: Deleted Scenes. She is the Snicker Bird and Army Bird One. She is also participating in a Young Americans weekend camp the first weekend in February (oh, and that's the weekend for her battle of the books too). As soon as her play performances are done (February 20 & 21), she has a choir concert and a baton competition the following week.
My 8-year-old son is super excited for his Pokemon club to start this month, and will also be auditioning with a spoonerism for his school's variety show at the end of this month. The actual variety show isn't til March.
What an exciting spring!


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Your kids are busy this month and that means you will be busy, too. It sounds like they are doing some fascinating activities.

I'm glad you are getting a chance to get out and be with others, too. An adult Battle of the Books should be great fun.

I enjoyed Artemis Fowl a lot when I read it for the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read challenge. And Beatriz Williams is a master of historical fiction.

Have a lovely week.

Aj @ Read All The Things! said...

I didn’t know they had adult Battle of the Books teams. My library hosts those events, but they’re always for kids. I hope you have a great week!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

bermudaonion said...

It's cold here this morning, too - 26 degrees - but thankfully there's no snow. I hope we stay snowless all winter.

The Battle of the Books sounds like so much fun!

I'm glad to see you're enjoying the Williams book - her work is hit or miss for me.

Yvonne said...

The Wicked Redhead sounds good. I hope you won't get more snow. Have a great week!

Literary Feline said...

I hope you are staying warm! I enjoy Beatriz Williams' books and am looking forward to reading The Wicked Redhead. The adult Battle of the Book Team sounds like a lot of fun.

It sounds like you and your family will be very busy this coming month. We have a lot going on as well. Sometimes I don't know how we manage it all, but we do, don't we? I hope you have a great week. Happy Reading!

Katherine Nabity said...

The Witch of Delray: I have a soft spot for historical true crime, especially when it's in the Midwest.

Battle of the Books sounds fun. Wish my library had something like it. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of my favorite books. Definitely a slow-burn, but I think worth it.

crackercrumblife said...

Sounds like you have some great things happening!! We are near Detroit as well, but only about 20 minutes south. :) I have heard of that book! I'm interested in your thoughts about it; we drive through Delray a lot on our way to Detroit. The Beatriz Williams book sounds great too!

Athira said...

Your kids have a very busy month or two ahead, and I'm sure it will only get busier! Hope you still get plenty of time for yourself. Battle of the Books sounds fun - I'd love to take part in something like that. Have a fun week!

Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours said...

So glad you can meet with others and talk about books!! Enjoy!