Sunday Salon – the missing post

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Well I had my Sunday Salon post all written. I clicked on “save draft” and next thing I know… it is gone! Here is a brief recap of the post:

I finally feel like I’m in my new routine for the school year. I have read a little bit each night this week, which feels good. I’m 3/4 of the way through The Lost Symbol, and will probably read more of it tonight. I should be done with How Angel Peterson Got his Name, except that book is never near me when I sit down to read. I’m just too lazy to get up and get it… so I read something closer. I haven’t picked up Julie and Julia since I got the Dan Brown book, but I will get back to that one.

Not only did a read every night, but I even did a couple of posts during the week on my blog. Woo hoo! This coming week, I’ll have a post about the discussion my class had about the book A Busy Year by Leo Lionni. I can’t wait to share that.

New Arrivals:

A ton of books that I’ve won arrived in the mail this week!

From Bibliophie by the Sea Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. I haven’t read anything by Russo, but I’ve heard great things about this book.

From The Brain Lair Corked by Cabernet, Ghostgirl, and Ghostgirl Homecoming.

From I’m Bookin’ ItThe Gift of an Ordinary Day.

I hope everyone enjoys that last bit of the weekend. It really is starting to feel like fall here in Vermont. I think I’ll go curl up on the couch with the dogs, a blanket, and my book. Happy reading!

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Sunday Salon: A Good Week

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It’s been a good week. I am so glad to have finished some books! I finished and reviewed Catching Fire. I enjoyed it, but I am going to go crazy waiting for the next book! Last night I finished Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renee Russell. Hopefully I’ll get that review up later this week or next weekend.

It’s also been a very lucky week for me! I won Harry Potter 7 and a golden snitch pin from Amanda at The Zen Leaf. I am so behind in the Harry Potter series. This is just what I needed to get myself going again. I might just have to join the Harry Potter challenge. 🙂 I also won The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison from Laura over at I’m Booking It.

On top of all of that… the sound on my computer got fixed. Woo hoo! And… my  new electric toothbrush arrived in the mail – my old electric toothbrush died a week and half ago.

I’m rested up and ready for a five day week of school. We had a three day week, a four day week and now a full week. I often spend a few minutes reading a Junie B. Jones book at the end of the day to the kids in my class. I have done this for years. My current group of first graders laughs so hard. They absolutely love it! In the past, my kids have laughed and enjoyed it, but this year they laugh so hard that I have to stop reading while they catch their breath! Reading aloud to kids is one of the perks of my job. 🙂

Happy reading and have a good week!

I’m a Lucky Duck! – The Impostor’s Daughter

lucky duckI’m so excited because I won a copy of  The Imposter’s Daughter: A True Memoir, by Laurie Sandell from She Reads and Reads. I have read several great reviews of this book. Also, I recently read a graphic novel for the first time (Rapunzel’s Revenge) which left me wanting to read another one. I can’t wait for it to come so I can read it!

Sunday Salon – A Busy Week!

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How did it get to be Sunday already? I never even had time to finish last week’s Sunday Salon! This week was busy with traveling, company, winning a book, and some awards.

Traveling and company: On the spur of the moment I went down to my parents’ house for a quick visit that ended up being an extra day or two! We had so much fun.Then, after I got back home, my cousin and her two kids came up to my house on a spur of the moment decision. We had a blast going to Festival of Fools and playing outside. Now, I am getting caught up on blog reading, reading books, and Sunday Salon.

What to read next? I’m looking forward to my visit to the library tomorrow. I need to pick up some more books for this week. My original plan was to go to the bookstore to buy The Strain this week. But earlier in the week I had a nightmare about vampires (I’ve recently read 2 vampire books). I think my brain is telling me to take a  break from the vampires. That means I get to choose some books from the library. I might grab some more books from the DCF shelf so I can read more from that list.  So far I’ve read 7 out of 30 books.

Tessa, one of my chocolate labs, if looking forward to some reading time this week. Last week was so busy I didn’t get to sit on the deck and read at all! Reading on the deck for me means fetch time for Tessa! The longer I read, the longer she gets to play! Now that we are not traveling and we don’t have company, I know I’ll be able to sit on the deck and read.

I won a book this week! I won a copy of Julie and Julia from Laura over at I’m Booking It. I am so excited to win that book because I really want to read it. Thanks Laura!

This week, I have 2 awards to post.

humane_award_logoFirst is the Humane Award from Laura over at I’m Booking It. Laura actually gave this to me quite awhile ago and I’m just now getting to posting about it. So sorry Laura! I do really appreciate it. The Humane Award is to honor certain bloggers that I feel are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn’t for them, my site would just be an ordinary blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a regular basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendships through the blog world.

I would like to pass this award on to the following people:

  1. Amanda from The Zen Leaf
  2. Dar from Peeking Between the Pages
  3. Alyce from At Home With Books

zombie_chicken_awardThe next award is such a fun one! It is the Zombie Chicken Award from Amanda over at The Zen Leaf. The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all…

This award really makes me smile. I would like to pass this onto the following blogs:

  1. Laura from I’m Booking It
  2. Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books
  3. Gautami Tripathy at Everything Distils into Reading
  4. Jeane at DogEar Diary
  5. Jenners at Find Your Next Book Here

Pop on over to Sunday Salon to read other entries or to post your own.


I’m a Lucky Duck!

lucky duckI won a giveaway at GoodReads this morning! I won a copy of the Dork Diaries: Tales of a Not So Fabulous Life, by Rachel Russel.

I’m also very embarrased. I received a copy of The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls in audiobook format and I don’t know where it came from! I thought I had kept track of all the places I won things from. If I wont it from you, can you please let me know so I can give you and your blog credit?

My package of mystery books arrived from Devourer of Books. I won this when I participated in the Bloggesita event. In the package were the following books: The Blue Notebook, A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy: a Novel, and Sacred Hearts.

Lucky Duck!

lucky duck I’m a lucky duck again! I’ve won 2 more books in giveaways!

From J. Kaye’s Book Blog, I won an audio book of The 8th Confession by James Patterson

From Devourer of Books, I won a package of mystery books that she has reviewed.

Thanks so much ladies!

I am a lucky duck!

lucky duckThis week I have been so lucky! I have won the following books:

The Wednesday Sisters, from Trish at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin?

Left to Die, from J. Kaye at J. Kaye’s Book Blog.

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, from Mary at Bookfan- Mary.

Thanks everyone for your great giveaways and your wonderful blogs. I think I should have bought a lottery ticket this week!