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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday Salon 28 II 2009 Back to the Salon, some reviews & new challenges and a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Good morning, fellow Salon Members! Oh, it has been awhile, hasn't it? Things have been very hectic these last couple of months, so I took a break from the Salon for awhile, but I'm happy to say that as life begins to fall back into familiar routines, I'm finding more time to spend in the online world with my fellow readers!

I just read an excellent book by Zoƫ Heller (of What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal fame) titled The Believers. I received this as part of Barnes & Noble's First Look program and really enjoyed it (you can read my review here). According to Amazon, it is going to be released on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, and you can either order it from the link below or pick up a copy at your favorite local bookseller.

Some other books of note that I have read recently are Diane Setterfield's amazing The Thirteenth Tale, Neil Gaiman's creepy Coraline and Nancy Atherton's cute and clever Aunt Dimity's Death. Reading Aunt Dimity could be a danger, as I'm finding it an enjoyable read, but it's the first in a series of cozy mysteries, so there's another series of books that I'm going to be looking for! Look for that review later today.

My 9-9-9 Challenge is not going as well as I would like it to be going (I've only read 5 books from the list so far!) but I still have 10 months to go, right? My problem is I keep finding books either at the store or on my shelf that seem to be catching my interest more than what I had scheduled myself to read, so I really need to focus on that reading list!! It's all about the self-discipline right now, and when it comes to books, I might as well throw all the discipline I have right out the window.

In response to that reading challenge however, I am going to be taking off most of the month of March for a Miss Marple March! My roommate bought me an import copy of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple's Final Cases a while back, and since I want to read it but am a stickler for reading these books in order, have decided to read all of the 14 main Miss Marple books throughout the month of March. I know that she turns up in some of the other short story collections, but there are 12 novels and 2 short story collections that feature her alone, so those are the ones that I will stick with. This should also help restart my personal Agatha Christie challenge. Come back throughout the month of March to see which murder Miss Marple is solving next!


One last bit, and the part that I'm most excited about! Penelope Przekop, author of Aberrations and the blog, Aberration Nation, has offered to give one lucky reader an autographed copy of her novel. I received a review copy of Aberrations last year and LOVED it! We want to spread the word as far and as wide as we can about Aberrations, so I want you to be creative. Let me know how many ways you can spread the word about this giveaway through as many social networking sites as you can (Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, etc) and relink them back to this post. Since I'm not a part of all of these networks myself, I'm putting everyone on the honor system here to let me know how you've posted about the book and the giveaway. For each way that you can come up with to promote Aberrations, I'll throw your name in a hat, so the more ways you can think to promote the book, the better your chances of winning an autographed copy! Once you receive the book and read it, I'd like for you to post a guest review to my blog, as well as post the review to Amazon and any other book site that you belong to (Good Reads, B&N, LibraryThing, etc). I truly believe that Penelope has created a fantastic story, and the more people know about it the better so put those thinking caps on and spread the word!

That's it for today. I'm going to go get a cup of coffee and sit down with Murder at the Vicarage and see if I can figure out whodunit before Miss Marple!


samantha.1020 said...

I love Agatha Christie and have a personal challenge to read all of her books. Enjoy your reading :)

tapestry100 said...

I've got teh exact same challenge too! My aunt has been reading them for about 2 years now, I think, and I'm pretty sure she's just about finished everything. I started last year, and had a slow going getting into it, but have enjoyed everything that I've read so far (all 6!).

How far along are you?

Anonymous said...

I'm happy to hear the Believers is a good read. I loved !hat Was She Thinking--I love her wit.

jlshall said...

Your Miss Marple March sounds like a great idea! I've always wanted to go back and read the Marples I missed, and a nice long winter month is the perfect time for it.