Sunday, June 8, 2008

sunday salon-reads, talks and more books

My book week has been good, very good. I have read and reviewed: Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan. I loved the book it was an ARC from somewhere (can't remember right now), there were some weaknesses, but it kept my attention and made me think even more about arranged marriages vs. love marriages and that really the choice to stick around is made everyday in either of the two (that is a side note- a freebie if you will) So, not so much reading, but I am almost done with Matrimony by Joshua Henkin which I'll review soon, so far I like it.

Above (in the picture) you can see my latest used book finds:

Ragamuffin Gospel by Manning
The Teahouse Fire by Avery
A Country Year by Sue Hubbell
The Dogs of Babel by Parkhurst
Funny Farsi by Dumas
Nickel and Dimmed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The Rules of the Wild by Marciano

Have you read these?? I have heard good things about most of them, or seen good reviews...but what do you think?

This week I also had a giveaway, one for the Orbis Terrarum challengers and I'll send the books out soon. Well, I am off to finish up Matrimony the novel...I'll let you know how it goes.

Oh, and don't you Sunday is Father's day (just a heads up)!

And as always my policy stands, leave a comment, get a comment~


Jeane said...

I've read Fast Food Nation and Nickel and Dimed. Both very good books (which I never would have read if my husb hadn't suggested them to me!)

Andi said...

Unfortunately I haven't read any of these myself, but I do want to read Fast Food Nation very soon (very interested in issues of health and food culture lately) and The Overcoat after sampling Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake.

Enjoy your finds and happy Sunday Salon.

Mrs. B. said...

I've been eyeing Ragamuffin Gospel for quite awhile and have never gotten around to it. My sister reads Manning's stuff alot and really likes him.

Elizabeth said...

Brennan Manning is one of the few christian authors I really enjoy. I hope you like Ragamuffin Gospel!

SmallWorld Reads said...

Boy, those are all unfamiliar to me! I look forward to your reviews!

Corinne said...

Haven't heard of a one of those - although I've heard of the movie Fast Food Nation. Maybe I'd heard somewhere it was based on a book :) Can't wait to see how you like them :)

gautami tripathy said...

Those look good to me! I have not read any! Hope you have a great reading week!

My Salon moments II

bethany said...

jeane- yes, I have heard really good things about when I saw them at our goodwill I had to grab-'em.

andi- Ha, that is funny! I learned about the Overcoat from Tha Namesake as well!!

Have a great week!!

mrs. b- I have really been wondering where you were lately. I know that you started nursing school so I bet most of your reading is for that now. Way to go, reach your dreams girl!

Yes I have too, and I had to buy it when it was in mint condition at goodwill!! I want to know what he has to say I have heard really good things about Ragamuffin Gospel.

elizabeth- cool! good to hear! I do really hope I enjoy it as well. I will have a review up at some point (no idea when though!). Have a great sunday!

smallworldreads- I feel that way so often when brousing and someone has a bunch of titles they just depends on what we hear about, and what our friends hear now you have heard!! haha.
Happy reading!!

corinne- yes, I want to read fast food nation. I can't wait to get done with the ones I have to read so I can read some for fun again!

gautami tripathy- yes, I shall!!! Thanks for the kind wishes! I can't wait to see your review on Matrimony.

Thanks to all of you for your comments!!! It has been an excellent Sunday Salon!

wisteria said...

B&B...I have read Nickel and Dimed and it is excellent. Good find.
I haven't read the others.
I was interested in your recent read Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshanananthan. This sounds like something I would like to add to my TBR pile. Womens' issues around the world continue to violate basic human rights and this book would add to my collection of this study. Thanks for sharing.

Debi said...

Ooh, what a beautiful sight! I haven't read any of them though. Picked up The Dogs of Babel at our last library sale, but haven't read it yet. And I've picked up Nickel and Dimed at least half a dozen different times at the bookstore, but have yet to walk out with it. I'm sure the self-restraint can't last forever. Hope you enjoy every last of them!

Beastmomma said...

I have read Fast Food Nation which I thought was very informative.

Medbie said...

Ragamuffin Gospel is an awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, liberating book. It has made both my husband and I adopt the term "God's Ragamuffin" for ourselves and relax so much more in who we are. For myself and my husband, it has been (apart from most anything by C.S. Lewis), the most influential Christian book I've ever read.

Ex Libris said...

What a wonderful looking stack of books! I haven't read any of them, but Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop is on my list to read this year. I'll also be interested in your comments on The Teahouse Fire.

Iliana said...

Ooh I'm a big fan of The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. I hope you enjoy it. I thought Funny in Farsi was a good read too. Enjoy your new books.

Trish said...

I'll be interested in what you think of Nickel and Dimed--I read it last summer. Great stack of books! :)

Medbie said...

I was so caught up in the Ragamuffin Gospel that I didn't notice the Bookshop. I've read and enjoyed it too, several years ago. I've been moving my amazon reviews over to my blog, so here's the link to it:

Hope you enjoy the book, too. :D

Stephanie said...

I think Nickel and Dimed and Fast Food Nation both look pretty intersting!

bethany said...

wisteria- I can't wait to read Nickel and dimmed!I actually checked it out from the lib. a long time ago and had to return it before i finished it!! now I can read the whole thing.

debi- isn't is so hard to have restraint when it comes to books??? Ahhhh! I know I have tons of TBRs and I still will pick up new books!

beastmomma- I am excited to read that one!

medbie- I have heard such good things about it, and have kept an eye out..finaly it paid off!! I love CS Lewis too, amazing.

ex libris- I debated and debated if I wanted the Tea House Fire...but is was only $2. Did you not like it?

iliana- That one looked really interesting, I had never heard of it, but it seems many book bloggers have! I am glad I found some goodies!

trish- You all will know when I get it read an reviewed, it really sounds like a good one.

medbie- Oh, glad you liked that too. I had never heard of it, I just liked the cover. (:

stephanie- YAY!! I can't wait to get into them then.

Thank you all for commenting!!!! It is so fun to get all the input you guys have about books!! Thanks!

Julie said...

I read Nickel and Dimed and it was GREAT. I didn't think I would like it at all, because, y'know, it's non-fiction ;) but it was an easy read and it felt like a novel.