Sunday Salon: New York Shelf

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Happy Sunday!

Another very slooooow reading week. I'm thinking it will get better eventually but who knows. Anywho, I am reading another very interesting book right now that I'm looking forward to reviewing. Although, lately I've had some moments of forgetting what I've enjoyed with blogging. It really is a lot of work (you other bloggers know that) and I sort of miss the days of reading when I want, what I want, just cuz with no other thoughts. But there have been times I've really enjoyed it, so for now I'll keep doing it. Maybe when I'm not so bogged down with school it won't feel so difficult.

My birthday is Monday (and for the first time ever I'll be working on my birthday because I have a huge report due Tuesday that I still have quite a bit left on). I did keep my evening free of therapy appointments at the very least. Anyway, yesterday we sort of celebrated by hanging out with my family. We went and saw Inception with my parents at Pointe Orlando on I-Drive. Great movie... very complex, definite thinker movie, and gave us lots of conversation when it was over with our thoughts and trying to rehash everything that happened to make sure we understood it. Then we went and met up with my sister and had an early dinner at Cafe Tu Tu Tango which is sort of a tapas restaurant.

Okay, the other topic of today's Sunday Salon is my New York shelf... as you know, I adore NYC, as in I WISH I could live there but it's just not realistic for me right now. Had I thought of going up there 8 or 9 years ago maybe things would be different. But anyhow, for now I stick to visiting and reading books that take me there. So I decided it only made sense to devote a shelf to my New York books. I'm trying to keep these, for the most part, not just books that happen to take place in NYC, but that embody NYC, that represent it. I still have room for plenty more, but here's what I have so far...

New York by Edward Rutherford -- got this for Christmas and am about halfway through but decided to take a break... need to pick it back up one of these days!

The Finder
by Colin Harrison -- was TOTALLY drawn to the cover of this one when I saw it at the store... yay to stores for facing books out. =)

The Ballad of West Tenth Street by Marjorie Kernan -- like this cover too. Saw it during my first trip to NYC; takes place in the West Village of Manhattan (I think... correct me if I'm wrong).

The Last Block in Harlem by Christipher Herz -- this one should be familiar to you if you read this blog!

Lowboy by John Wray -- Have been wanting to read this one forever! About NYC, the subway, and a kid with schizophenia (again, I think)

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk -- this one is actually an ARC for a book that comes out in September and that I am sooo excited to read! I actually had been wanting it already, as it was released previously in the UK. I love the UK cover, but I have to say I love the US one too.

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney -- reviewed this and the movie recently. Not much more to say.

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem -- have heard great things about this book.

Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann -- this won the national book award, I believe... heard great things about this too...

The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer -- a satirical take on the publishing world... this is the one I hope to review for you tomorrow that is very interesting!!

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith -- classic, loved this.

Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee -- about a Korean girl growing up in 1970's NYC. Really have been wanting to read this too.

Patches of Grey by Roy Pickering -- have been wanting to read this for a while too ever since reading a review for it at Good Books and Wine... I will be reviewing this for Crazy Book Tours in the very near future. This book takes place in Harlem.

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster -- classic, right? Which by the way, I was doing a giveaway for this for Penguin's 75th anniversary, so I'm going to announce the winner here... the winner is.... Christy H! E-mail sent and Christy has 48 hours to reply.

The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster -- another one by him. Read a great review for this as well and hear this guy's a great author. Am NOT a fan of this cover and might replace it if I find a better one. =)

So that's it for now.. but like I said, I have room for more.. does anyone have any other suggestions for books that ARE New York City in and of themselves??

I had a lot of fun putting together this part of the shelf and am thinking of doing a couple other themes... we shall see!


Juju at Tales of said...

Happy birthday!
I can't wait to see Inception.
Cafe Tu Tu Tango is such fun!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Happy Birthday for tomorrow!

A theme shelf is such fun! Somehow my "collection" of books on the Nazis and the Holocaust (left over from my graduate work) doesn't seem so enticing :-)

I have only been to NYC once, but it is on my agenda for the next year

Jenny said...

Juju -- Thanks! Let me know what you think of Inception!

Helen -- Thanks! and LOL!

christina said...

Happy early birthday Jenny! I soooo0000oooo wanna see Inception. I'm hoping to get to see it this week. I've never been to Tu Tu Tango but a few of my friends have gone and love it. Have to try it eventually.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Happy Birthday, Jenny! I'm glad to hear you liked Inception...I've been thinking about seeing it. Perhaps next weekend.

I like the idea of NY bookshelves. I have a Cathleen Schine book called The New Yorkers on my stacks.

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Zibilee said...

Happy Birthday Jenny! I hope that even though you have to work that you get to celebrate a little. Glad to know you enjoyed Inception as well. That movie just blew my mind! I am hoping to buy a copy when it comes out on DVD and go over all those sticky plot points one more time. I really like your New-York shelf too! It's great that you are collecting so many books about a place you love! I hope you have a wonderful upcoming week.

Jenny said...

Christina -- thanks! Definitely try out Tu Tu Tango... that was only my second time there. At night they have people dancing around the restaurant and it gets all crazy!

Laurel -- thanks! I looked up that book on and it looks adorable!!

Heather -- thanks! We are definitely getting the DVD too!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

I feel bogged down by blogging too sometimes especially now that I still don't have my computer up and running. I feel the blogging world passing me by if I don't post every few days.

I love your NYC shelf. I too love that darn city.

Booksnyc said...

Happy Birthday!

I love that you have a NYC shelf! A couple of recommendations for the shelf . . . Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and Forever by Pete Hamill.

Have a great week!

Jenny said...

Michelle -- thanks! Yes, I know what you mean about feeling like it's passing you by. =( Hope your computer issue is fixed soon!!

Colleen -- Thanks! And thank you for the recommendations!!

softdrink said...

Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great day!!

Jenny said...

Thanks Jill!!

Michelle (my books. my life.) said...

How fun. I have a Michigan shelf for when I want to go home.

Kari said...

Did you read Ballad of West Tenth Street? It was a fun fairy tale-ish sort of story. W 10th St is my ideal street to live on, mostly from Barefoot in the Park. I hope you have seen that movie!

I think I should start a Southern Fiction shelf, but I need more shelves first. :)

Jenny said...

Kari -- no, I haven't read that one yet... I'm so glad to hear it's good!! I've been wanting to read it forever, but you know how that goes! I also have not seen that movie... definitely going to check it out!

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