Sunday Salon: Spring is here

Good morning! It’s the first day of spring and right it’s raining in SoCal. I don’t mind. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons while spring and summer are two seasons I don’t get along with. To me there’s nothing better than curling up on a rainy day with a good book and a cup of coffee while wearing a great sweater.  The only good thing about spring is Easter. My family’s pretty secular so Easter is more of a holiday where we give books than anything else.

The tradition started when I was a child and my mother would fill my Easter baskets with mostly Baby-Sitters Club books and very little candy. I didn’t really mind about the candy because I always received just enough to eat while I read the latest adventures of the BSC.  So now I do the same thing for my children.

Blogging News

Did you know that Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is coming up? April 9th is the date. Usually I would start picking out my stack of books to read but I think I’ll wait until a few days before the event to put a stack together. I’m sure a moody reader that I’m sure whatever I pick now, I’m not going to want to read during the event.

I wrote a post yesterday about how you can help with the read-a-thon.

Indie Lit Awards 2011

I signed up to become a voting member for this year’s Indie Lit Awards. The awards is hosted by Wallace at Unputdownables. Book bloggers from all over the blogisphere nominate, read, and vote for their favorite books in several categories. I’m a member of the Poetry category and I’m can’t wait to see what bloggers nominate in September.

So now I’m off to enjoy this wet weather. I’m currently on a non-fiction reading binge. I’m currently re-reading Daniel Pink’s Drive, The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things off and Start Getting Stuff Done by Piers Steel, Book Lust to Go by Nancy Pearl, and Nerds: How Dorks, Tweebs, Techies, and Trekkies Can Save America by David Anderegg. I just finished reading The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing by Darina Al-Joundi. It’s a memoir about Al-Joundi’s chaotic childhood, adolescence and adulthood in Beirut as the daughter of a poet. It really made me think about the long-term effects of war on a population and its culture.

What are you reading today?

 

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17 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Spring is here

  1. I must agree that books for Easter sounds much better than candy :) Wow on all of the nonfiction…I need to read more nonfiction myself. Have a great week and hope you enjoy all of those books!

  2. I’ve actually been reading – and enjoying – a lot of nonfiction myself.

    As for the seasons, though, I LOVE spring. Summer I could do without, especially as here in southeast Texas summer is brutal. Spring, though…. ahhh. I love to plant and walk my dog and sit outside with a book. I find I am always ready for the seasons to change each year. I love fall when it gets here. Same for winter. But spring. It does something to me. Maybe because my birthday is in April, there’s some renewal in me as well. I love it.

    I hope you enjoy it, too.

  3. So want to participate in my first read-a-thon this time around. Maybe if I start planning now? Or not planning as you seem to be doing but start warning my family that I will be doing this and they need to make a plan for themselves? :) So spineless when it comes to the family. Yet sure that no one will wind up in therapy if I take 24 hours off.

  4. I don’t get along with Spring and Summer either! I totally love Fall and Winter, so I’m not too happy about the hot weather that is soon going to stick around.

  5. You’ve got some great reads going right now! For my non-fiction picks, I am currently reading The Girl Who Was on Fire, which is a collection of essays by various authors about the themes found in the Hunger Games. I’m also reading How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill. Have a great week, V! :)

  6. I am reading Silver Phoenix by Pon. I have The Baseball by Hample and In The Time of Butterflies by Alvarez near the top of the queue.

  7. I really need to read some of the great non fiction that’s out there, but for some reason, I always stick close to fiction for the escape. I am listening to The Emperor of All Maladies on audio, but I have so little time to devote to it that it’s slow going.

    I have the same Easter tradition that you do. Pretty much a basket full of books and a huge chocolate bunny. The kids seem to love it!

  8. Glad to see my book made the list. Hope you like it, though if the author’s note is a little heavy handed, I apologize. I was trying to establish credibility without bragging and not sure if I got the balance right.

  9. I love it that the readathon is just around the corner. Last year in prep for my trip to France, I had a little French theme going. This summer, we’re going to NYC, so maybe I can do a NY theme…music…food…and, of course, books.

  10. Yeah another winter lover. Of course, your California version of winter is a little (a-hem) different than my version of winter but still it’s winter. Spring is just plain wet, muddy, and yucky. I just discovered Nerds last week and want to read it too.

    How’s class going this year? Judging the Indie Awards sounds like fun. Enjoy.

  11. We’ve had rain for days up here in Northern California too but I am a fan of spring/summer so I will be glad when it ends! I checked the Booklust book out of the library hoping to find some good reading suggestions for my upcoming trip to Germany.

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