Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Salon: Giddy up!

Howdy partners!  A very Happy Easter to y'all.  We are attending the sunrise mass this morning, so I took care to write this post Saturday night.  We went to our first sunrise mass last year, and swore we would have it no other way.  Watching the world wake up while celebrating the risen Christ just doesn't get any better.  Around lunchtime, we will be eating an Easter feast with friends, and whupping it up now that all those Lenten sacrifices are gone for another year.

I stayed busy this week, but it was relatively uneventful.  I was the Lone Ranger, with my husband being out of town, and did plenty of battles with the wild varmints that are my blessed children.  I'd say that the highlight of the week was the Books, Babes and Bordeaux meeting at my house, at which we discussed "Little Face".  Interesting and lively discussions abound, but I can't say we were all in love with the book.  We found inconsistencies in the story, and felt a little screwed by the end.  But more on that in the review!  Next month, we will be reading Lori Roy's "Bent Road" and are thrilled to be able to talk to her at our next meeting!

I did do some reading this week.  I finished up Matt Matthews "Mercy Creek" real quick-like, then dove a dramatic swan dive of my dreams head first into "Outlaw" by Warren Kiefer for James' Hop-a-Long, Git-a-Long, Read-a-Long in May.  Yeah, yeah, I know it isn't May yet, but I could NOT wait.  I'm not what you would call a fast reader, so when I read a 500+ page book in a little over five days, this is big news.  This book is a re-read for me, and it was just as incredible the second time around.  You should seriously think about joining this challenge...just one Western in the month of May.  And if you think you aren't a Western kind of person, then you need to read "Outlaw".  I can't imagine anyone not loving it.

Now I am reading "Buried Prey", the 21st installment in the John Sandford Prey Series.  I got it in the mail from Lydia Hirt and the folks at Putnam as a little surprise last week, and Lydia knows I can't resist Lucas Davenport. 

On audio, I finished "Revolution" by Jennifer Donnelly, and consider me impressed.  Damn that girl can write, and spin a tale that just fired up my imagination (OMG she quotes Pink Floyd!  Love at first read!).  I'm more excited than ever to dig into "The Tea Rose" and "The Winter Rose" on my trip to Poland.  Now I'm getting into "Bloodroot", a pick for my Skype book club that I will miss because of vacation.  That's not stopping me though...this book has been on my list since it's rave reviews in EW when it first came out.

I wish you all a wonderful Easter Sunday.  What is on your agenda today?         

 

19 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Happy Easter! Sunrise service - very impressive! :--)

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

Happy Easter Sandy! We were thinking of going to the Sunrise service at SeaWorld but decided that there's no way we could get up that early on our only day off... maybe next year. Good for you for getting everyone up and at 'em that early!

I am going to start listening to Revolution when I finish my current audiobook, glad to know it's so good!

Today hubby and I are headed over to Tampa for Easter dinner with my in-laws. Enjoy your day!

Frances said...

Happy Easter, Sandy! I am curious to see what you will think of Bloodroot - the opinions have been so across the board. And somehow I missed you were going to Poland. What a wonderful opportunity!

Julie P. said...

Hope you have a blessed Easter! I would love to do the sunrise service and can certainly see that it's the ideal way to begin Easter and celebrate!

Jenny said...

Yay, I'm glad you guys are reading Bent Road! I can't wait to see what you think!

C.B. James said...

I'll be starting Outlaw this coming weekend. I'm looking forward to it.

Thanks for giving my little read-a-log a plug, too.

Alyce said...

Okay, I've got Tea Rose on my bookshelf, and I keep forgetting how much I love her writing too. Whenever I'm browsing my shelves I've been skipping over it because of its size, even though it's gotten such great reviews.

As for Revolution, I'm on a long wait list at the library. Hopefully someday soon I'll get to read it!

Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

bermudaonion said...

Wow, you've been some kind of busy!! Happy Easter to you and your family.

christina said...

Hi Sandy! I cannot believe that there's a blogger in Orlando that I'm not following religiously! Especially since we both have James in common!!

I've signed up for the Git-A-Long, although with reservations. And then said the heck with it and picked up Lonesome Dove. I might sneak in a few days early to make sure I finish it.

Cheers!

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Sunrise service is impressive indeed!! My oldest and I both have Revolution on our lists as well...and can't wait to get started. Hope your day has been glorious! :)

Gavin said...

Happy Easter, Sandy. I can't wait for the Hop-A-long, Read-A-long. I've already got my first read from the library. "Bent Road" hit my radar a couple of weeks ago, it's on my TBR list so I'm curious what you think of it. Have a great week!

Marie said...

I hope you enjoyed mass. I've never been to a sunrise service but always kind of wanted to go. it sounds like it would be very meaningful spiritually. I hope you had a great Easter!

Zibilee said...

My husband was at the sunrise service this morning, but the rest of the family went a bit later. He had to be there because he is the sound man, but I just couldn't pry myself up at that hour! It's nice that you also had a brunch with friends, which is exactly what we did as well. I am so excited about the book club choice, and also that we might have Lori in our midst for the evening! I can't wait to see what I think of the book, because I hear it's a really good one. Take care this week, and make sure to get a lot of audio time in!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Sounds like yet another busy week for you! I'm really excited to read Revolution; I've had the book since SIBA and have yet to read it! Argh!

Carrie K. said...

I have heard so many good things about Donnelly - I must read something of hers soon! And I miss going to sunrise services - used to love that! Of course, over here, there is still frost on the ground in the morning. :)

Beth F said...

HOpe your Easter was lovely.

Iliana said...

Hope you and your family celebrated a wonderful Easter, Sandy!

We were very low key and that was just perfect :)

Curious to read your review of Little Face!

Melissa said...

Happy Easter! I've always wanted to go to a sunrise service, but there aren't any nearby. It would take some extra (about 2 hrs) driving and it was a bit cold for Claire that early this year.

I feel so out of touch with all things book related these days. I didn't even realize the next Davenport book was out yet...I hope it's good!

Jenners said...

I'm just starting The Tea Rose now...I suspect I won't get Pink Floyd in it though!