Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Salon, February 21, 2010

What a beautiful day in Connecticut! The temperatures are mild, a light wind is blowing and you can feel Spring Thaw in the air. That reminds me, I better fill up that bird feeder again. I think I am the neighborhood bird sanctuary for the winter.

As far as reading this week, I signed up for another challenge. You know those tempting little challenges just seem too impossible to avoid. I try to limit my participation, try to close my eyes, try to be firm and say no. But in all honesty they really look cute on the sidebar of a blog. So, I have accepted the ABC Historical Fiction Challenge hosted by Historical Tapestry. Here are the details....

I am a little late signing up, so my first letter is E. I have chosen the book Etta, by Gerald Koplan which I actually started and finished yesterday. It was a lightning quick read that was too hard to put down. I hope to catch up along the way. I can't wait to read everyone's reviews and see what everyone is reading.

HT is going to host its first challenge! Based in Mysteries in Paradise's community challenge we now present you The Alphabet in Historical Fiction. To participate, just follow the rules:

Each fortnight you have to write a blog post about an historical fiction book of your choice (it might even be something you already read before), but it MUST be related to the letter of the fortnight.

You have several possibilities:

- the first letter of the title
- the first letter of the author's first name or surname
- the first letter of a character's first name or surname
- the first letter of a place where an historical event took place

You just have to choose one of them and participate.

Please check our blog each 1st and 15th of the month to find out our new letter, and then link your post back to our page through Mr Linky (see below). Then come and check to see who else has posted and visit their blog to find out all the details of the book they were reading.

You have until the end of each fortnight to complete your mission.

As far as today's reading for Sunday Salon, I will be reading Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosa, MD. This is the book about an amazing cat named Oscar, who seems to know when a patient is close to death. I remember reading about this unique cat, who makes the rounds at a nursing home in Providence, RI. At first I thought how depressingly sad this must be, but apparently not so. Patients find comfort and warmth in her visits. Well, I will have to let you know because I just started the book.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Don't you love the 40 degree weather around these parts? I feel spring :)

I hope you enjoy Making the Rounds with Oscar as much as I did; enjoy.

wisteria said...

Diane...I hope so too! I had a little hard time in the beginning..just seemed to go slow, but it's getting much better. I love the story anyway being an animal lover.

Yes, and as for the weather, I pruned my Wisteria bush/tree. As my mom said, "Give it a good haircut.!" I hope I get a lot of flowers this year.
Enjoy the weather!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

Enjoy your book. i love reading books about pets, but I just have such problems if I get to a part when they die I can't take it.

wisteria said...

Nicole...I know. I hate when anythng happens to pets. I have 4 dogs and 2 cats. Mystery has been so sick it is making me nuts.

serendipity_viv said...

Good luck with your new challenge. I just cannot take on another one.

I am glad to hear the weather is improving. We have had torrential rain today and it is freezing.

I am desperate to read about Oscar. It sounds like a beautiful book.

The Bookworm said...

happy Sunday Wisteria. Glad the weather is nice over there.
The ABC challenge is fun.
happy reading :)

wisteria said...

Vivienne...More snow on the way all week. Yuck!! I am loving Oscar. As an animal lover, who wouldn't. LOL

Naida...Are you doing the ABC challenge? We're getting more snow tonight and this week. Awful. CMT's are due to start next week and school is so frantic right now.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love to put food in our bird feeder too, but they eat it so fast I can only do it when we will be right there to watch before it's all gone!

Good luck on the alphabetic challenge - I always enjoy seeing what people come up with for some of the more unused letters!