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The Sunday Salon: A Jesuit Priest, an Astronomer, and a Computer Expert Go Flying on an Asteroid…

The Sunday Salon.com It’s been a pretty crazy week. Awesome. But crazy.

Thank you, everyone, for your nice words on my big announcement this week, and for my blogiversary the week before. (I’m going to draw winners for the Readers’ Survey giveaway soon, I promise!) It’s been a couple weeks of feeling warm fuzzy feelings everytime I come online. And all of this talk and general good cheer has made me even more excited for Book Expo America in a couple of weeks — fun plans are already starting to come together, including hanging out with many of my favorite bloggers. If you’re going to be at BEA, let me know so we can make sure we’ll get to connect!

However, BEA is still a couple of weeks away; or, perhaps more accurately, BEA is just a couple of weeks away. Until then, I have plenty of errands and lists and projects to work on. This Sunday finds me mobile blogging at a coffee shop about 45 minutes from home after an early afternoon of shopping for some new shoes and other random travel necessities. Apparently, I’m not following my own advice from last year, when I promised to take care of my feet before BEA rather than breaking in news shoes.

Luckily, my reading mojo has come back a little bit this weekend. I’m at the point I’m supposed to be for my readalong of Catch-22 with Jill (Fizzy Thoughts), and I managed to finish a book — The Ball by John Fox. I also started reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, which is absolutely awesome so far (and where the title of this post came from).

One thing that’s cool about reading The Sparrow (other than it sucking me in completely because the plot is so totally awesome) is that I started reading it without knowing much of anything about the the book. I didn’t have a good idea of the plot, the characters, or even any detailed opinions about what other people have thought about the book. Now that I get so many of my reading recommendations from reading reviews online, I rarely go into a book without some ideas about it. Reading a book with fresh eyes has been fun.

This week, I’m planning to finish The Sparrow and perhaps get a start on a couple of books I was sent for review in advance of BEA or Toni Morrison’s Home, which came from the library this week. I decided that I’m going to save Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for my read on the plane to New York, so I’ve got some open reading time. For now, however, I need to get some reviews done! Happy Sunday, everyone!

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  • bermudaonion (Kathy) May 20, 2012, 2:24 pm

    I leave two weeks from today and have so much to do to get ready. I bought one new pair of shoes and would like another but have decided it’s too late to break in a second pair. I wonder if I can go without sleeping the next two weeks?

    • Kim May 22, 2012, 8:31 pm

      It’s coming up so fast, isn’t it? I can’t believe it! I’m hoping I can get both pairs of shoes broken in before then!

  • Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm May 21, 2012, 8:38 am

    I loved The Sparrow! Discovered it in college–it’s the only book I’ve ever stayed up all night to read in one sitting.

    • Kim May 22, 2012, 8:31 pm

      It was so good! So good!

  • Scott Rassbach May 21, 2012, 5:38 pm

    I hope you let us know how you liked the Sparrow. I read it a long time ago.

    • Kim May 22, 2012, 8:32 pm

      I really loved it; I have to gather my thoughts before I can write anything.

  • Emma @ Words And Peace May 21, 2012, 6:55 pm

    The Sparrow, I loved it so much, but be prepared, there’s a lot going on there.
    I suggest you read the sequel right after, Children of God – bit more positive outcome.
    isn’t that amazing that Russell is good at any genre she tries?
    I read all her books.

    • Kim May 22, 2012, 8:32 pm

      There’s a TON going on. I’m still sorting it out. I’m going to get the sequel as soon as I can get to a bookstore to pick it up.

  • Maphead May 21, 2012, 7:25 pm

    The Sparrow rocks! Year ago I saw Mary Doria Russell speak at Powell’s Books one night and she was a joy to watch! That book is a true gem. I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I did.

    • Kim May 22, 2012, 8:34 pm

      I bet she would be really fun to see speak. I’d love to hear where she came up with so many of the ideas for the book.