The Sunday Salon – Closing July, Onto August!

I’m convinced that August has to be a better reading month than July. It really can’t get much worse! Here’s what I read:

64. Robot Dreams by Sara Varon, 2007, 208 pgs., 4/5
65. Who Killed Amanda Palmer? by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, 126 pgs., 2009, 5/5
66. Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kupert, 2009, 128 pgs., 4/5

Yep…that’s a total of 3 books and 462 pages. That’s really just embarassing…definitely the worst month I’ve had as far as reading goes. I’m currently halfway through Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett. Both are very good so far! So that’s two to start me off this month and then of course there’s the finals of the Nerds Heart YA tournament which I’m judging with Nymeth!! Yay 😀



I got some books in the mail recently. The first is Gold by Dan Rhodes and a bad blogger point is definitely going to Bart for that one!! Sounds excellent and I just love this cover. The second is Green Angel by Alice Hoffman and I love that cover even more.  I think I may try to read this book tonight. It just looks so incredible. And finally, I’ve been wanting to read some Rachel Cohn and found Gingerbread on Bookmooch. So I’ll read that one at some time.


C.B. James is putting something incredible together! The list of 1001 stories you must read before you die. I really need to go make some recommendations, but I have a feeling it will end up being “everyshortstorythatneilgaimanhaswritten” and I really don’t want to do that. But there are a few that I have in mind. Head over there and leave your recommendations!


And finally, here’s what happens when Amanda Palmer links to your blog. I woke up one day to find this tweet:

good marnin’. it’s raining in lexington. & WKAP book review on (thanks @neilhimself)

And then my stats looked like this (pay no attention to the very small numbers aside from that spiky day as I’ve been a horrible blogger lately….):



18 Responses

  1. Recently read Fingersmith and LOVED it. So that’s always a good way to start a month.

    Also, I really enjoyed Green Angel. And Rachel Cohn is one of those authors I keep thinking I might enjoy but haven’t tried as yet.

    And how exciting to have Amanda Palmer tweeting about you 🙂

  2. well raise the flag! I won’t beat your yearly total but I actually beat your page count for July! (will post tomorrow) It’s a sad post it comes out to one book a week for 3 months!..but my page count still beats yours for July!! ppllssttt! It will never happen again so let me bask in the glory of beating my “son” at something lol…

    you have been quiet, i hope all is ok.

  3. You know, I’m thinking that having AFP tweeting about you must totally make up for a slow reading month, huh? I have nothing to console me and my lousy four book total. But, hey, like you said, August just has to be better, right? I’m clinging to that.

  4. I really loved Green Angel (in fact, where’s my point? :P) and I think you will too. Gold sounds great too. I’ve been meaning to read it since Valentina reviewed it. Like I told you on Twitter, so exciting about Amanda 😀

  5. So VERY cool that AFP Tweeted about you!! She really rocks my world!!

    3 books? It is a scary thing when *I* read more in a month than you do!! Seriously though, life gets in the way. It just can’t be helped. Don’t worry about it! I can’t wait to see what makes the finals for the Nerdsheart YA competition. The way it’s going, you might have already read them! I’m still pulling for Dylan Fontaine!

  6. Heh – well, most months I only read two or three books. *sigh* I’ve got you beat on page count for last month – wow I think this may be the first time I’ve ever beaten anyone on page count in a month ever (thanks for the ego boost ;-)) – however, the quality of the books I read very much pales in comparison to yours, and at the end of the day it’s really the quality not the quantity that counts…isn’t it?

  7. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of FINGERSMITH! I’m in the Iloveditsomuchohgodohgod cam. 🙂

    And “very small numbers” indeed! They look pretty durned good compared to mine.

  8. Whew! This was a slow reading month for you, wasn’t it? I hope August is better.

  9. As you already know I had a slow reading month, too. Awesome on the tweet and great big spike in traffic! 🙂

  10. Some months are like that, Chris. Just roll with it.

    How cool about Amanda Palmer! What fun that must have been to wake up to. 🙂

    I have a stupid question for you. You mention Bart’s Books frequently, when it comes to Bad Bloggers. I cannot figure out his blog, seriously. I was following him on Google Reader, but every time I clicked through I couldn’t figure out where the heck the review I wanted to comment upon was located. So, I gave up and unfollowed, but I’ll probably regret that if I can ever figure out what the heck he’s doing there.

  11. Michelle, I’m loving Fingersmith so far too…and I’ve heard that it just keeps getting better and better…yeah, I’m still psyched that Amanda Palmer linked to me :p

    Deslily, I am ok…I’ve just been busy busy busy lately. And I get stressed out so easily. I think I just hold too much in my head :/ Glad to hear you beat me this month! lol…you beat me with your totals last year too!

    Debi, yeah, I’m still riding high on that wave! We should make it our personal goal to make August the best reading month EVER! :p Shouldn’t be too hard, huh? Hey, at least you read some actual novels!

    Nymeth, I don’t even remember you reviewing Green Angel!! I’m going to have to go back and search now. I just read the synopsis on Paperback Swap and had to have it! I can’t keep up with all of the books you’ve made me want to read :p

    Steph, They announced one book for the finals! It’s My Most Excellent Year! I’ve already ordered it. So excited!! I don’t know if I want Dylan or Charlie to win more…such a tough decision! I’m so glad I’m not judging that round, lol. You always have great reading months by the way!

    Megan, You’re QUITE welcome for the ego boost :p I’m glad my numbers have somehow made someone happy, lol. I totally agree with you too. Quality is what counts and I did read three fantastic books this month.

    Memory, I think I’m going to be in that same category! It’s such a great book. Honestly, you can tell how weird of a month I’ve had if I haven’t finished that one!

    Debnance, It really was!! I’m hoping that August is 10 times better!

    Amy, I was so so so excited about that tweet. Hope it brought some new followers over here 🙂 And I’m in love with your idea of July being Graphic Novel month by the way 😉 Totally think we should do that next year!

    Bookfool, you’re right…some months just are like that. I really think it’s summer in the south that gets me down. I am not a summer person at ALL. I hate the heat. And I look like I have chicken pox on my legs from all of the mosquitos! I love Bart’s website! That’s really weird that you were having problems with his website. When I click through Google Reader, the review is right there…hmm…I hope you can figure it out because it’s fantastic! Bart, any help here??

  12. Don’t feel bad, your month was better than mine. I read a children’s book and an illustrated novel. Not sure what happened in July, but it certainly wasn’t reading!!!

    Very cool that you were mentioned by Amanda Palmer. I’m very excited that happened for you. I’m sure you were on cloud 9 all day! And, of course, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

    Here’s hoping that both of us have a more successful month of reading in August!

  13. Is that the pair you’ve got now? Neil and Amanda. (I seem to remember you saying Neil had linked to you, when I got one)

    And OMG I’m in second place in your Bad Bloggers league!

    And as for Bookfools issues with my blog, I have no idea, I’ve not had anyone else say there is an issue, I’ll take a look when my next post appears in the feed, see if I can work it out.

  14. And my latest post feeds though fine in google reader, so I’m not sure what was wrong, perhaps it was a sqiffy rss link, you could try:

    (sorry for hijacking your post Chris!)

  15. whoa! That’s so cool that she tweeted about you!

  16. Loved green angel, hope you do too!

  17. I enjoyed Gingerbread….just picked up a Waters book from the library sale for a 1.00!! The Night Watch. August will be better, don’t worry. How cool is that to get a tweet from Neil!

  18. Don’t worry. When I had my kids, each time I brought a baby home,my reading dropped for the whole year! I’m still trying to catch up! So a month is a blip because sometimes, life does get in the way of reading!! Here’s hoping August finds you beside a TBR pile that goes down!

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