Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Salon: January 24th

The Sunday
It is hard to imagine it has been 12 days since the earthquake in Haiti - I continue to be dismayed by the devastation there and it is overwhelming to consider how the country and its people will come back from this - the medical and housing needs alone are staggering. I have been encouraged in moving through the book blogs this week to see that the tragedy in Haiti is top of mind for the book bloggers.

I saw two excellent posts highlighting Haitian authors- Melanie at lit*chick put together a list of books by Haitian authors or featuring Haiti. Her list includes some excellent books for children. Check out her list for some ways to, as she says, "bring some of Haiti into your heart and home".
At Books on the Nightstand, Ann has posted a resource list of charities helping in Haiti. One of those charities is Partners in Health who is providing - and has been providing for the past 20 years - modern medical care in poor Haitian communities. Ann also spotlights the work of Edwidge Dandicat, the Haitian-born author. Check out the BOTN post here.

Onto lighter fare . . .

I haven't made much progress reading this week - I seem to be doing my book blogging (writing posts, reading others blogs and posting, etc) than book reading. I am going to have to work on getting the right balance. I started blogging because I loved to read and wanted to share that with others but I need to make sure that the blogging doesn't "crowd out" the reading!

I am currently reading New World Monkeys: A Novel for an upcoming book club. So far, I am impressed with the writing although I find the story a little bizarre. Should finish that this week and then I will move on to The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (stay tuned for a giveaway of that book)

I did post a few reviews this week:
Hope you all have a great week and I look forward to hearing what you have to say!


  1. I think we all struggle to find the right balance. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for pointing out my post about Haiti and Partners In Health. The work they are doing there is so important.

    As for blogging vs. reading ... oftenI remind myself that if I don't read, I will have nothing to blog about. It doesn't always work, but every once in awhile it makes it easier for me to step away from the computer.

  3. I know what you mean about striving for that balance! I struggle with that all the time.

    I loved "Twenties Girl," BTW.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. It seems like most of us struggle with balancing reading and blogging.... with varying degrees of success at times. Good luck!

  5. I am constantly trying to find a balance lol. I think I am getting better though :) Enjoy your books!