Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Salon

I've never participated in a Sunday Salon before, but it looks like fun, so I hope that I'm doing it right!

Despite the fact that it is raining in Ontario today, we managed to have a fun-filled family weekend. On Friday night we had a campfire in our backyard (one of the joys of living in the country is being able to have small, contained fires), and we let our boys stay up late to watch the stars and to "help" with the fire. Our youngest, J. (3 years old) is a firebug, so he had the most fun with that.

Yesterday my husband was working at an ATV outdoor expo, which included ATV races, so I took the boys up to see that. My oldest 2 (E., 10 and H., 4) enjoyed it the most, but J. was bored by the end. Regardless, there was lots to see, although the vendors didn't really like it when my boys wanted to sit on the ATV's on display, which is of course what they wanted to do the most, so we stayed in the stands and played until the final races began. The boys got to throw water balloons at the particpants in the "redneck races", which for them was the highlight of the day. When you're the only girl in a family of 5 you have to adapt, so I ended up quite enjoying myself as well. Then again, my idea of a good time is watching IHRA Drag Racing, so watching ATV's race wasn't that far of a stretch.

Okay, on to books!

What I'm Reading Now:
Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell (my favourite British chick lit author ever!)

What I Read Last Week:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
On Folly Beach by Karen White (for an upcoming book tour)

What I Reviewed Last Week:
If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous (4 stars)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (5 stars)
Love Nest by Julia Lllwellyn (4.5 stars)
The Summer Before the Storm by Gabriele Wills (4 stars)

Reviews I Need To Write:
On Folly Beach by Karen White

Current Giveaways:
Just Like Me, Only Better by Carol Snow (ends April 30, US/Can)
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (May 5, US/Can)


  1. Congrats on your first Sunday Salon post (great job too). I was so happy to see you loved The Help (me too). I will be looking forward to your thoughts on Folly as well.

  2. It does sound like you had a great weekend and a great week in books! Both my husband and my son would want to sit on the ATV's on display!

  3. 思想與理論,貴呼先於行動,但行動較思想或理論更高貴 ..................................................

  4. What a fun weekend! I love Sunday Salon's, congrats on your first post! Nice to share of bit of yourself and a bit of reading!

    I went right over to your review of The Help! I'm glad you enjoyed it! One of my favorite reads this year! I'm glad you weren't disappointed!

    Have a great week!

  5. My daughter's boyfriend races ATV's -- she spent a whole lot of time last summer on tracks watching him! She mostly worries he's going to kills himself, and as he's broken a few bones, this is not over the top for her! I am reading a fascinating book about a fascinating woman, "Power of a Woman: Memoirs of a turbulent life: Eleanor of Aquitaine by Robert Fripp. He's written it as her memoirs -- and man, what a life she had, married to two warring kings, wars, intrigues, ruthless diplomacy, exile, even ruling for her son (Richard Lionheart) after Henry II's death. Henry had been incredibly unfaithful and he eventually raids the court she set up and sends her and other royal women to exile in England, where she stayed for 15 years until he died. She gouged out a path to success, amazing to me, given the times. We read this for book club and I really enjoyed it -- conversation on it coming up!