Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Salon - March 28

What a beautiful day it's shaping up to be here! And the forecast calls for temps in the 70's by the end of the week so I see reading on the patio in my very near future.

Well, this is embarrassing--I don't know how many Sunday Salons I've posted here but only yesterday did I finally realize that The Sunday Salon was an actual compilation of bloggers with actual rules and a web site. Sadly, I'm two months too late to officially become a part of The Sunday Salon; I hope they won't mind that I've been using their badge for all of this time. Once upon a time, I was a bit of a rebel; lately I'm much more of a rule follower. But I like doing Sunday Salons so I'm going to keep doing them whether or not I'm officially "in." Because that's just how wild I am these days!

Have you been following the 2010 Tournament of Books? Sixteen books started the tournament; this week it's down to the semi-finals and the zombie round (you'll have to check out the site to understand how that works!). A week from tomorrow, the winner will be announced. It's fun to see who wins each day and the commentaries are terrific.

Last night the family and I finally watched The Blind Side. I know it was manipulative; I know it was overdone. But I loved it--I laughed, I teared up, I cheered. I don't know if Sandra Bullock turned in the best actress performance of the year but she did do a terrific job. I can't wait to read the book, by Michael Lewis, that it was based on.

It's no secret that I love sports so I'm sure it will come as no surprise to read that I've been watching a lot of the NCAA Basketball Tournaments, both the men's (which I am watching purely for the love of the game and to cheer on the 7 or 8 Big 12 teams that made it to the dance) and the women's (which I'm watching because the Nebraska women's team, 32-1, are hoping to get a shot at knocking off the UConn Huskies). Seth Davis, who you may be familiar with if you're a listener of NPR, is the author of a book titled "When March Went Mad." It's the story of how the tournament was changed by the final game of the 1979 season which pitted two of the greatest players ever to play the game--Larry Bird of Indiana State University and Earvin "Magic" Johnson of Michigan State. It was the most watched basketball game in history and changed the way we watch college and professional basketball.

Thanks to Deb of The Book Nook for awarding me the One Lovely Blog Award! The rules say that I'm supposed to pass this award on to 15 blogs that I've recently found but you can see that I'm feeling a little rebellious today. So, as I've been doing lately, I'm going to take this chance to introduce you to the blogger that passed this along to me. Deb lives in New Jersey; in addition to reading, Deb is interested in photography and music. She's reading Elise Blackwell's AN UNFINISHED SCORE, which I reviewed last week and recently reviewed Sarah Addison Allen's GARDEN SPELLS (I just reviewed Allen's THE GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON). Be sure to stop by and say "hello" to Deb!

Enjoy your week!


  1. I'm sure no one will mind if you continue to do Sunday Salon...i can't imagine why anyone would?? My son and I loved The Blind Side...he's such a huge football nut and I'm his biggest fan!! I remember watching the MSU vs. Indiana State...we had a huge group of people at the house that day!!

  2. lol- you rebel! I never did join the Sunday Salon. I just starting my Sunday Ramblings and kept with it because I always like to talk about more than just books.

    I'm not much a sports watcher although I loved the Olympics. I'm usually stuck with my head in a book.

    Congrats on the well deserved award Lisa! Have a great Sunday!

  3. Lisa...LOL don't feel bad, I was doing Sunday Salon for a year before I realized you were suppose to sign up!

    Have a great Week!

  4. I love the Tournament of Books. So many good books and a few I've never even heard of before. I've been following it for about three years now. I love the Zombie round!

    Don't feel bad about The Sunday Salon. They are pretty forgiving.

  5. Funny about the Sunday Salon thing. I guess we are all bad about linking back to the site. I'm not sure what being "official" really gets you, but I hope you keep going with it... official or not!

  6. You are such a rebel! LOL I agree with you on The Blind Side - I loved the movie, but I'm not sure Sandra Bullock's performance was the best acting done by a female last year. Congratulations on your award!

  7. I really enjoyed Blind Side and am so excited to see that you had a chance to see it too!

  8. I am looking forward to watching The Blind Side. I'm not sure that I'm interested in reading the book though. Congrats on your award!

  9. I was bummed that I started blogging just after the Sunday Salon closed to new members - maybe I should follow your lead and post one anyway!

    I loved the Blind Side movie as well! I've been trying to get through the book, but its very heavy in it's descriptions of football (much more so than the movie), so I've been having trouble getting through it :/

  10. Ohhhh.. I didnot know u need to sign up for Sunday Salon LOL! I never did it because I am not a follower of routine. I do some stuff for a while and then I feel like doing them on some other day... and I end u, not doing them at all.. LOL!

    I really want to see this movie The Blind Side, thank u for mentioning the book, i didnot know abt it. I am into Cricket and these days the whole evening is spent watching T20 Cricket (Indian Premier League).. it is GREAT!
    Congrats on the well deserved award :)

    I hope the weather remains to yur liking :)