Sunday, August 23, 2009

TSS - From the edge of the Rockies...

Good morning from the edge of the Rocky Mountains! We arrived in Boulder, CO last evening and will be driving to Vail this afternoon. The beauty of the mountains is breathtaking! No offense to the Adirondack Mountains in New York, but these are the first real mountains I've ever seen. The two hour drive up to Vail may take all day! There's internet access at the hotel, the girls are still sleeping, and my husband went out for a run. Since I'm drawn to the laptop, here's a quick Sunday Salon post.

This week I finished That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo. I was tempted to finish it last Sunday afternoon, but decided to slow down and savor it for a few more days. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson was the book for yesterday's flight. This is the first YA novel I've picked up since high school and, even though I only read half of it before deciding to take a nap, it's obvious that Anderson really gets it right! It makes me glad I'm not there any longer. This book should lead to a great discussion with my sixteen year old twins!

I also posted my review of A Thousand Days in Venice. This was the final stop of my virtual Italian vacation, but now there are plans for a real one...maybe in another year or two!

For the week ahead - Persephone Reading Week Challenge starts tomorrow! My chosen grey-covered book is Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple. There may not be much reading time on this trip, but at least I'm there in spirit. What books will you be enjoying this week?


18 comments:

  1. Speak really DOES make you glad you're no longer in HS, doesn't it?

    Happy Sunday!

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  2. I second you on not being in high school anymore...and the beauty of Colorado. Sounds like a perfect vacation. I have finally decided to start the Persephone week with Miss Buncle's Book. Having a hard time bein patient:)

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  3. How glorious! I have a good friend from Colorado (Denver but she went to college in Boulder) who maintains that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Have a fabulous time!

    *Laughs at Book Psmith's Persephone impatience*
    I'll be reading Persephones all week so want to finish Olive Kitteridge tonight.

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  4. I always feel that way about Russo. I never want to finish his books just read them more and more slowly so that I can savour every last word.

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  5. Glad to hear you loved That Old Cape Magic (me too). I need to read Speak. Sounds like a great vacation--glad u r enjoying yourself.

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  6. It's so funny you are taking the same trip we did just a few weeks ago! The drive to Vail is fabulous!
    If you go the wine bar tell Melinda I ssid hello :)

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  7. Speak is definitely a book to share with your twins and you'll find yourselves sharing so much!! Anderson is awesome.

    Have a great time in Colorado!!

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  8. I have never been to Colorado although I have so many good things about how beautiful and relaxing it is. Hopefully I will change that soon by paying a visit. Psst...Denver is on sale at United.

    I shall receive my copy of Enchanted April really soon, like on Monday. Looking forward to reading it.

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  9. Such a fantastic view! I've never seen real mountains, how lucky that now have.

    Last night I got a jump on the Persephone Reading Challenge and started The Village by Marghanita Laski - I love it! Enjoy your holiday and your Whipple!

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  10. I loved Speak. I remember reading it when I was in high school. It's one of the first books that my mom and I both read and then sat down and discussed. Since then, we've been recommending reads to each other. So it stands out as an important book in my life and a very good one.

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  11. Amamda - It sure does make me glad I'm not in high school! I'll read the rest of it on the flight home...

    Book Psmith - Hope you're enjoying Persephone week! I've only had time to read a few chapters of Someone at a Distance.

    Paperback Reader - She is right! Boulder is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

    Ann (Table Talk) - There are a couple of Russo's earlier books that I'd like to read soon.

    Diane - Thanks! We all loved the Rockies, and are now in Santa Fe.

    Stacybuckeye - The drive to Vail was stunning! I found the wine bar, but Melissa must have had the day off ;-)

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  12. Staci - I'm looking forward to a good discussion just as soon as they read it!

    Matt - Agh! We flew United, but got the tickets before the sale :-(

    Darlene - Now I'd love to see the mountains in the winter! Hope you're enjoying Persephone week...

    Justicejenniferreads - Wow, that was an important book for you! The author went to high school one town over from us... lots of local interest here in her books!

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  13. Wow, beautiful view! My sister used to live in Colorado and loved it. Hope you have a great time!

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  14. I hope you enjoyed Speak enough to read some more YA, I can't believe how many good YA books that have been written in the last few year (or all along probably and I am just re-discovering the genre myself).
    Hope you are enjoying yourself (i've been out of computer commission for a while and haven't been able to visit your blog, I'm glad to be able to stop in again!)

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  15. Vicki - The trip was fantastic! We loved every minute, but are glad to be back home again.

    Icedream - Speak was really en eye-opening experience for me and I hope to read more YA soon. Glad your computer woes are over...I hate being away for even a day!

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  16. These pics are beautiful. I can smell the clean air. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Jenny Girl - The pictures don't even begin to do justice to the beauty of the Rockies! I'm so glad I finally got to see them for myself.

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