Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Sunday Salon

Busy week, but got in more reading. Finally finished Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson. Thoroughly enjoyed it. A great mix of magical realism, fantasy and science fiction. I have two other titles by her on our wish list. I’m hoping we get them. The used copies are very inexpensive so if they’re not donated, I’m going to cash in a few cans. I need to write reviews for some great reads including: Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins, Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger, Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie and Hopkinson’s book. I still have Cuba 15 to finish and I’ve started and enjoying Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim. To see what I got in the mail this week, check my In My Mailbox post.

My new pub schedule for Color Online is working out well. Of course, now I’m out of sync here at Black-Eyed Susan’s. Well, I do what I can do. Gearing up for the reading challenge next week at Alternatives for Girls. I have flyers and bookmarks to make. Prizes to buy and books to set aside.

Little Lov’n Monday participation is down and I've heard other bloggers say their memes aren’t getting their usual turnout either. I realize we have lives. Still, LLM is about supporting each other and frankly I think we all can do just a little more to listen. One reviewer was lamenting that blogging allows everyone to speak, but who’s listening? There are few who aren’t fond of this critic, but his point is valid. Do we do take time to hear and respond to someone else or are we preoccupied with our own ramblings? Speaking of ruffling feathers, I might have done just that with my Confession Tuesday post.

We received a very generous donation from the publisher of Airhead by Meg Cabot. The book isn’t what the title suggests. If you read YA or mentor young people like I do, enter my drawing to win a copy. I have three copies. Giveaway is here.

Hope you’re having a good day commenting to friends and of course, finding time to read a good book. Happy reading.


Eva said...

You know I want to read Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson now! Magical realism! Fantasy! YA! lol

Speaking of reviews, I need to review A Wish After Midnight. I think I'll do it Tuesday!

susan said...

It was a bit confusing at times but I think that was a combination of me wanting to move forward and not being familiar with spirits and healing. Well done. Let's hope it doesn't take me forever to review it properly.

sarah said...

Your LLM idea is a great one. I don't participate because I do this all the time - I think its such an important part of community life on line. I agree with what you wrote about it.

Kerrie said...

Thanks for dropping by Susan. I think this might be the first time I have actually visited your blog.
I like the idea of LLM, although I do try to drop in on people and leave comments on a regular basis.

I think blogging has developed so much (in terms of number of book bloggers) we just don't get around to blogs like we used to. At one stage I used to visit every Sunday Salon post and leave a comment - there are just too many of them now, although I do read them all in my RSS reader, and usually try to visit the crime fiction ones.

Gavin said...

Susan- Great post. I'm glad you enjoyed "Brown Girl", I think my favorite so far is "The New Moon's Arms".
LLM is a wonderful idea. I try and visit the blogs I normally read at least a couple of times a week and add one or two new ones as I find them but there are so many out there, there is not enough time to visit all! Have a good week.

susan said...

I would never suggest we visit and comment to all the blogs we read. LLM asks bloggers to visit and comment to 5. Would anyone argue 5 is unmanageable?

Too many blogs? You're preaching to the choir. Between BES and Color Online, I have 200+ blogs on my blog lists, this does not include bloggers who I visit for memes but are not on my blogroll.

I'd like to see us talk more about what we are doing rather than how the blogosphere has exploded. Can we focus on visiting and commenting more, whatever more means for you?

Serena said...

I can't participate in all memes all the time. I have to pick and choose which ones I have time for these days, but I hope that stopping by and commenting on my way of participating in the community...letting fellow bloggers know that I am reading their posts.

susan said...

I think many are feeling meme fatigue. Like you, I rotate.

Thanks for coming by.

Serena said...

you're welcome. I really enjoy your posts.