Sunday Salon

sunday salon

Time: // 6: 10 a.m. Thanks to WordPress, I just lost my last draft of this post.

The scene: // typing away on the laptop at my desk.

Drinking: // coffee of course.

Listening to: // all kinds of music. I really need something happy to listen to. Any suggestions?

Reading: // I finished Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird earlier this week. I’ve noticed that every year there’s one book that truly stands out for me. Last year, it was The Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. In 2012, there was Please Look For Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. Oyeyemi’s fairy tale expansion of Snow White is probably this year’s pick. It’s that good. I’m hoping to have my review up tomorrow. There’s so much to talk about with that book.

Do you have years where a certain book stands out above the rest?

Ignoring: // a paper that I need to write and turn in next week. After everything I do during the week, I feel like my weekends should be mine. Sadly, I’ll probably start writing my paper today.

Promoting: // a post that I read on A Beautiful Mess yesterday called “On Changing Dreams“. Emma fromĀ A Beautiful Mess writes about how her dreams for her life changed and became something different and totally unexpected. It’s an inspiring post and perfect for anyone who’s doubting the direction of their life.

Now I’m off to: // enjoy my coffee while doing homework.

What are you up to this early Sunday morning?

 

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23 thoughts on “Sunday Salon

  1. As a professor, I should be urging you to start that paper so you have time to review and revise; as a student, I can tell you that procrastination is sometimes highly effective. :)

  2. Oh, I’m so pleased that you liked Boy, Snow, Bird! I did too — Helen Oyeyemi just seems to get better and better as she goes along.

    Happy music: My go-to cheering-up music is the album Together, by the New Pornographers. I don’t know what it is about that band, but they always make me feel happier.

    1. (this Sunday, I am up to detective work as to why my electric bill was $230 for January. early results seem to suggest my hot water heater is messed up. my landlord clearly does not believe anything is wrong so today’s going to be a fun day of trying to convince him.)

  3. Drinking coffee and reviewing book blogs like most Sunday mornings. Later lunch with friends then to a gallery opening. An artist friend of mine has painted a picture of my dog Dakota which will be on display.

    I’ll be reading Our Mutual Friend on the ride to the city. Loving it.

  4. I can’t wait to read your review of the Helen Oyeyemi book! As far as happy music… gosh I’m terrible at paying attention to lyrics so for all I know I may be suggesting sad songs. Ha. But I really am digging Tall Tall Shadow by Basia Bulat. Have a good day with the books. I’m hoping the day continues to be nice and off to enjoy a bike ride!

  5. I just did a post on music to get me out of the winter blues. I don’t know that it’s all happy, but it’s definitely all summery! http://regularrumination.com/2014/02/16/winter-blues-music/

    I’m really excited to read your review of Boy, Snow, Bird. It sounds amazing and I haven’t read Oyeyemi yet, even though I’ve been meaning to.

    I think you tweeted about that A Beautiful Mess post yesterday, because I read it and really loved it.

  6. Hope you’re day turned out well! I’ve been going old-school on music recently. Booker T & the MGs make me feel happy. And it’s instrumental so I can write to it.

  7. Oh! I have been wanting to read Helen Oyeyemi for a while and this book of hers is really high at the top of my wishlist right now. I am so happy to hear it stood out for you.

    I think the book that stood out for me last year was A Monster Calls. It left a really strong impression on me. I have yet to live this again in 2014, but the year is only beginning!

  8. Ooh a new Oyeyemi? I did not know that! I’ll have to look out for it now, thanks! :P

    Happy music – recently I’ve been listening to some of Michael Jackson’s older music, like The way you make me feel. And the Jackson 5! If you’re looking for something more contemporary, I like Fitz and the Tantrums,

  9. Okay, you completely sold me on Boy, Snow, Bird already. Wonder how desperate I’ll be to get my hands on it after I read your review. :)
    I read Emma’s post over the weekend too, and yeah, I also found it totally inspiring. And it was a good reminder to me that everyone has their own personal struggles, even though they don’t necessarily show it.

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