Sunday Salon: All Book-Related

Happy Sunday, everyone! I had a somewhat quiet week, which was nice. I visited with a former flute student, now in college, who was home for her spring break. She loves to read as much as I do, and we met up at Barnes & Noble, so most of our conversation ended up being book-related. She speaks so intelligently and passionately about her favorite books, I invited her to write a guest post when her college workload eases up a bit!

Last week I read two advanced copies: the memoir The Big Tiny by Dee Williams, as well as a clever middle-grade novel called I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora. I’ll be posting reviews later this week.

We are halfway through listening to the audiobook of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It’s a little slow-going because we have to wait until the kiddo is asleep, and she’s a night owl! I think my spouse is into this one a bit more than I am. I like the puzzle/quest aspect of the plot, and I know the 80s references are a big part of that, but they feel almost too frequent to me. I’m still enjoying the story though, and I find myself looking forward to each next chapter.

I’m 100 pages shy of finishing The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas Goetz, which is making me ever-so-thankful for modern vaccines. And hygiene. *shudder*

I also started reading a print copy of Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley. Her lovely writing style has completely grabbed me.

Speaking of print copies, though… after a couple of years of reading exclusively on my Nook, lately I’ve been rediscovering my love of reading physical books. Has anyone has gone through this? I won’t be giving up my Nook anytime soon (ever!), but I think I’m going to shoot for more of a balance.

My giveaway of The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag ends tonight at midnight CST, so if women’s fiction and magical realism interest you, don’t miss your chance to win!