Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Salon: January 30, 2011

The Sunday It's hard to believe but it has been over a month since my last Sunday Salon!  This is a favorite feature of mine, but with the holidays and traveling, I haven't written one in the past month.  So, what has been going on since my last SS post?

Photo credit: Zagasi
Well, lots and lots of snow!  We have had more snow already in NYC as we generally have for the entire season.  It seems every 3 days or so there is another storm.  I have to admit - I don't mind the snow.  It might have something to do with the fact that I don't have to shovel (I live in an apt building) and I don't have to drive in the snow (I take the subway).  It makes snow much less inconvenient and I can just enjoy its beauty and its power to interrupt life as usual.  Talk to me in March - I may have a different opinion - but right now I am fine with snow. 

My brush with The New Yorker
I think I may have gotten as close as I ever will to being published in The New Yorker.  Last week, in reviewing my stats through Histats, I noted a big bump (more than a doubling) in my usual daily traffic.  I took a look at sites that were referring visitors to me and noticed The New Yorker blog among them.  After a little research, I noticed a post on my blog was linked to in this article entitled "For the Book Lover, V-Day Advice"!  In the first paragraph, the link "places to read" takes you to this post on my blog about places to read in NYC.  I wrote this post almost a year ago as part of Jill's NYC Challenge with the intent of providing visitors to the city for BEA/BBC with some good reading spots throughout the city.  Interestingly enough, this post is one of the most popular on my blog and is how many people find my blog via google searches.  Who knew?  This little brush with fame made my week!

In Case You Missed It
What has been going on with my blog?  Well, here is a quick recap:

Sign-ups continue for my Immigrant Stories Challenge (thanks everyone) - you can still sign-up if you would like to join in.  Colleen from Col Reads is the first to have posted a review for the challenge - she reviewed the audiobook version of Roopa Farooki's Bitter Sweets. I am always looking for new audiobooks so I am excited to check this one out.  I have also decided to do a monthly feature to accompany the challenge - it will post on the last day of each month - so check out the blog tomorrow for the inaugural post.

Speaking of challenges, in the past 2 weeks or so I have posted wrap-up posts for the 2010 challenges that I completed and acknowledged those that I did not complete.  I will be posting my 2011 sign-ups this week.  Have you signed up for your 2011 challenges yet?

I posted reviews for the following books since my last Sunday Salon:
The Postmistress (audio)
I Remember You
The Corrections
Promises to Keep
The Piano Teacher (audio)
Magnolia Wednesdays

I hope you all have a restful Sunday and a great week!


  1. Congrats on being on the New York list! That will certainly get you new readers. My Sunday Salon review: The Sari Shop Widow

  2. Very cool brush with fame! Congratulations!

    I don't think we've gotten as much snow here in the midwest, but we've still had a consistent covering all winter. Bring on spring!

  3. Wow, that's so cool!!!

    And the snow is so beautiful!

  4. Does this mean I can claim a distant connection, too? ;-)

    Congratulations on the link...that's way cool!!

  5. How exciting - congratulations!!

  6. Wow! A big congratulations to you for being on the New York list!

    Thank you for the lovely snow visual - it's very much appreciated.

    And so glad to see your Sunday Salon back. I've been missing it.

  7. Loving that brush with fame! You must have been beyond excited. I would have been. Any blog bump is nice but the New Yorker? Too much. Much better than all the snow. Glad you are enjoying though. Think I might too if your lifestyle was mine. And I managed to keep power. :) Happy reading!

  8. I have mixed feelings about the snow. It can be very pretty, and the park near my apartment looks lovely -- but there is also a lot of slush for me to wade through in my snow boots. I'd like to be able to wear some of my cute, but less warm, boots.

  9. Congrats on the link from The New Yorker - that is so exciting!

  10. You're braver than me with all the snow, but as you say, you don't have to deal with some of the tiresome chores associated.

    Isn't it funny what posts end up being very popular? I remember that post from last year - I enjoyed it even though I wasn't attending BEA. Glad The New Yorker linked to it!

  11. Hey Congrats Colleen. I like checking to see where my traffic comes from, and I was shocked to see one of my most popular posts was a review I did on Frida Khalo in 2010....go figure.

  12. This winter is sooo bizarre. I live *maybe* 3 hours from NYC in north east PA and somehow we are missing *all* of these big storms. The most snow we've had at one time was a paltry 4 inches. I do like snow despite its significant inconveniences, so this winter has been full of disappointments for me. I'm still holding out hope for a bigger snow storm for us before winter is over, though somehow I imagine the weather will make me sorry I said that. LOL!

    Congrats on your brush with fame. Don't forget us little people when you're off being all famous and stuff. ;-D

  13. Oh, I'm envious of your NY experiences. People do a lot of walking there, too, while in California, we tend to drive everywhere...not fun!

    Your snowy picture is gorgeous.

    Congrats on the NYer mention...that must be a great feeling.

    Here's my SUNDAY SALON

  14. Congratulations on your New Yorker link. That's awesome. And lucky you (for now) with all that snow. Here on the Upper Cape, we keep being promised snow but end up getting rain and ice instead.

  15. Congrats on the New Yorker thing, that is so cool!