Aug 262012
 

The Sunday Salon.com

 The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

So Happy Sunday Everyone!

What have you been watching  on television this summer? I finally finished all the episodes of House on my DVR and I am now working through the episodes of Blue Bloods. I can’t believe I have gotten so far behind. I love the new HBO show Newsroom. Mr. Dollycas and I anxiously await each new episode. The series finale is on this Sunday. I have also been watching Big Brother, Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. Shows I can read while watching. I still carve out 40 minutes of Days of Our Lives each day. I fast forward through the commercials. I have found myself with the television off and just reading more often this summer. I wonder what the fall lineups will do to my reading time. Some shows you can read while watching, others need your full attention.

Week in Review

MondayIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. I am right on schedule this week.

Tuesday – I reviewed Sour Apples (An Orchard Mystery) by Sheila Connolly. This is one of my favorite cozy series.

WednesdayHeather Blake was my Cozy Wednesday guest. I am giving away 2 copies of A Witch Before Dying: A Wishcraft Mystery.

Thursday – I hosted a Virtual Blog Stop for And When She Was Good: A Novel by Laura Lippman and reviewed the book.  I am becoming a real fan of this author.

FridayI reviewed A Killing in the Hills (Bell Elkins Novels) by Julia Keller. A great debut to what I think will be a really good series.

Saturday -Where Are You Reading? Books by State I posted about a project I have been working on for some time. I have participated in challenges that are based on where the story takes place.

There are a some states that have hundreds of books set in their locale like California and then there are some like Delaware or West Virginia that have me searching the internet for books set in those states. I noticed that many of the internet lists either don’t include my favorite genre of cozy mysteries or may just list the first book in the series. I also found that just because several books in a series are set in one certain place not all books in a series take place in that state. For example Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek series is based in Pennsylvania but travels for entire books to Hawaii or California.

I decided to make my own lists based on what I have read and will be adding shelves with friends suggestions. There are already been some friends recommendations added.

I have also linked to a GoodReads Shelf for each state for everyone to get even more ideas.

As time goes on I will be adding pages for books set outside of the United States and U.S. Territories.

This will be a forever project. Challenges usually start in January so hopefully these new pages will help you map out your “literary road trip”!

Don’t forget to check out the Feed Your Reader Giveaway Hop! Not only are there some great books being given away but your could win your choice of an e-reader!!

Check out this page for all the Current Giveaways!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!
Dollycas

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  9 Responses to “Sunday Salon – Summer T.V. – Week in Review – Where Are You Reading?”

  1. I like the idea of reading books by location. I’m currently reading the Yellow House by Patricia Falvey. Although I grew up in England, we were taught very little about Irish history and this is a great book to get you acquainted with the struggles of Ireland along with a great story. I’ve only just discovered that I like the Mentalist and have been watching the series every chance I get.
    Ann

  2. Oh, I love Days of Our Lives…that’s one I record every day.

    I received And When She Was Good this week; love this author, too.

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  3. Just remembered I have not seen TV since 7 days now 🙁 .. But I did watch scrubs while running on treadmill 🙂

  4. When I was a kid, I used to be able to read and watch TV at the same time. I would read during the commercial breaks. Now that I have a DVR and watch TV with my husband most of the time, I can’t do that. He is so obsessed with fast-forwarding through commercials that I don’t even get a break to go to the bathroom!

    I haven’t really been a fan of cozy mysteries in the past, but I did enjoy Rhys Bowen’s series called A Royal Spyness. I think I like cozy mysteries better when they are set in the past. This series is set in the 1930s.

  5. I haven’t had a whole lot of time for television this summer, but I’ve recently started trying to catch up on my DVR. I have the entire season of True Blood to get through, Craft Wars, Spartacus, and the 3 part mini-series Hatfields and McCoys from back in May! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get through all of it before the fall series start!

    I live in Kansas, and as there aren’t too many books set in our state, I always find myself reading elsewhere. As I look back through the books I’ve read this summer, about 95% of them take me to the Northeastern part of the U.S. Maybe this fall I can try and venture elsewhere 😉

    • Hi Marie. Just wanted to say Hi to a fellow Kansan. I grew up in Baldwin but now live in Australia — from Oz to Oz, I guess you could say. I guess we’ll have to set a book there in our home state! Cheers for a great rest of the week.

      • Hello, James! 🙂
        It sure is a small world! I grew up and currently still reside in Spring Hill, KS, just down the road from Baldwin. I’ve been through there dozens of times 🙂 Perhaps a book set in our area of Kansas would suffice 😉

        It’s nice to meet you, and I hope that you enjoy the rest of your week as well!

  6. LOVE the idea of a literary road trip. Very innovative and something that will be totally cool and useful. WTG!!! Hopefully, Australia will eventually find its way in there! Big blessings from the upsidedown part of the planet.

  7. Love your project idea! Thanks for taking the time to put it together. 🙂

    Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva

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