Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Salon - August 14

It's been a bittersweet week. My baby had her last first day of school (college doesn't count, not really). As I contemplate the next few months, I foresee a lot of tears (mostly mine), a lot of fun (mostly hers), and a lot of firsts mixed in with a lot of lasts. I'm wondering how that might effect the kinds of books I'll be picking up.

Coming up soon is a guest review of Lev Grossman's latest, The Magician King, the sequel to his hugely popular The Magicians. Last Christmas we gave Mini-him's girlfriend The Magicians which she tore through. So it was only logical to give her the opportunity to read The Magician King since she'll be able to offer a review that can compare this one to her impressions of  The Magicians.



Parry Gripp, who, I gather, is a regular YouTube contributor, is a huge fan of Grossman's. I'm all for anyone who wants to promote books!

I love the idea of finding new ways to display and store books and this idea for industrial pipe shelving certainly is unique. But am I alone in thinking that this doesn't look good for the books?

Coming up this week, the thoughts of the Omaha Bookworms on Willa Cather's O, Pioneers as well as the latest installments of Mythology Mondays and Fairy Tale Fridays. What are your reading plans for this week?

16 comments:

  1. Congrats on this next phase of life for all of you!

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  2. I know what your going through, though sad in some ways, it is exciting to see your kids growing up and moving on in the world.

    I am hoping to get a huge chunk of Anne of Green Gables read today, it is my book groups pick and we meet this week.

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  3. It must be so exciting for your daughter! I haven't read The Magicians but am looking forward to the review of the second book to see if it sways me into starting the series. I am reading Wildflower Hill right now, but next up is that book about language that I am dreading. I took a perusal through the pages, and now am even more upset!

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  4. Elisabeth, my book club read Anne of Green Gables last year. It was one of those books that I had a greater appreciation for once we discussed it. The gal that had recommended it pointed out that it was light on the preaching to its audience; whereas, say, Little Women is very pointedly "this is the lesson you need to learn."

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  5. That pipe bookshelf is so cool! I wish I was that creative.
    I can't sympathize directly with you about your daughter, but I'm a daughter myself who is about to start my very last semester of college, so I'm watching my mother deal with it the best way she knows how :]

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  6. I am sure you will be really proud of your little one :)

    I really did not like the books hanging in there :(

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  7. There are many good things that will happen for you once your children leave the nest. Enjoy

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  8. I like the kind of shelving that you see in children's stores...where the books face out. Pottery Barn has them and I've always admired them. The shelving unit here looks a bit precarious if you ask me!

    Hope you are doing well. I've been out of touch. Sick and busy. Summer came and went too and now I find myself slowly coming up for air. Anyway, hope you have a lovely Sunday!

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  9. Senior year (especially your LAST senior year) can be a roller-coaster. I'm glad we're through with jr high/high school, but I sure would take some preschool/grade school days again. This was our first year of not having to school shop or take anyone to school. Our youngest is starting her second year of college, so both kids are already settled in their living quarters. Although I'm thrilled to avoid that hassle, starting school without my participation (other than to write a big fat tuition check) is kind of bittersweet. At least there will be fewer tears this year. :)

    Hope you last senior year is a blast!

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  10. The pirate starts first grade this year and has his first loose tooth. I can't imagine if he were a senior.

    I hope to finish the newest Sookie Stackhouse and then move on to Tana French's Faithful Place.

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  11. How exciting for your daughter...I totally understand what you're going through!!!

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  12. That book shelf looks complicated!
    Happy Sunday to you! I plan on finishing The Legacy and No Rest for the Dead. And maybe actually WRITING a review or two!

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  13. Yeah for H - it's going to be a big year for her.

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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  14. I know how that goes ... I was very excited leaving home, but my parents were crushed. Even now they say they want to go back to those years. It's a new phase of life. I hope it goes easy for you. :)

    I really want to read Magicians. I just finished a scifi-ish book and have been looking for some fantasy lately.

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  15. They grow up so fast, don't they?

    Those bookshelves look neat, but it looks like it might be hard to keep the books standing.

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  16. I'm reading The Magicians now, so I can't wait to see the review of The Magician King!

    Hope you have a good week! :-)

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