Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday Salon

Wow--it seems like I just did this. Wait...I did just do this since I was running so far behind last week! Things are finally getting settled here. Still working on getting the eldest settled back in; things are going remarkably smoothly. When he left, he was 20; now he's 21. It was strange to have him walk in the house tonight with beer under his arm. But at least he's not getting into ours!

Couple of things for you to check out this week. First is Backlist Book Of The Day. There they feature a book a day that was published over one year ago. It may be selected based on news, a holiday or on a whim. It's a Harper Collins-sponsored site, but features books from other publishers as well. Their theory is that if you haven't read it yet, it's new to you.

Also, NPR has published their audience's picks for 100 Best Beach Books Ever. Definitely some things on this list I would not necessarily consider "beach" reads but certainly a lot of great books. I've read 32 of them and see that there are 16 more that I already had on my to-be-read list. There are several more I know I should read someday but I'm not sure when "someday" will finally arrive. And there are even a few that I know I will never pick up, no matter how many lists they appear on. "Dune" by Frank Herbert is among those. I've seen the movie and it was four hours of my life I wish I had back. I sure don't want to waste that many more hours reading the book. How many of these have you read? How many are on your TBR list? Any that you won't ever read?


  1. I have read several on the Best Beach Books List; thanks for sharing though I agree some pretty weird choices for 'Beach Reads'. I consider a 'Beach Read' a light, funny, chic lit type of book. Guess I'm in the minority according to this list! Really enjoy your blog; great postings!

  2. I need to take time and look at the NPR list.

    Can you believe how old our kids are? Good luck having him back home.

  3. I'm anxious to read NPR's Beach Books List. It's always interesting to find out what other people think are Beach reads. I can't say that I'd consider Dune one, but to each his/her own.

  4. It would be so strange for my 21 year old to walk through the house with beer under his arm. Well, mostly because my son is only 11 but time flies and I am already thinking about it.

    I've sene that NPR list. There are some pretty heavy reads on that list but I like to read my heavier reads during summer. It seem to have more time to devote to them so if that is their thinking then I get that.