Sunday, October 18, 2015
The Sunday Salon: My Week in Allington
And so it begins... This morning we woke to a dusting of snow on the ground, covered rooftops, and temps well below freezing. That box on the left used to be my herb garden. It's October 18, my twin sisters' birthday and my mental "fair game" marker for snow. I used to look forward to winter, but now I just tolerate it until January and count the days until we head south!
As for blogging, it's been a quiet week. No book brief or Tuesday Intro, and I never got to the planned Weekend cooking post either. But I have had the most wonderful week in Allington! Of course I mean The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope. Several of us have been reading it together and chatting with everyone on twitter is great fun. As Audrey would say, I have been Trolloping with friends.
Yesterday morning, I dropped in on the readathon just long enough to finish up The Small House at Allington. In seven years of blogging, readathon and my schedule have never meshed, and now I realize how much I've been missing! My participation was limited to posting a photo on instagram, tweeting once or twice, and taking a few breaks to keep up with those feeds. But that was only scratching the surface... there were cheerleaders, mini challenges, blog posts, and you would not believe the food. What an amazing event! As soon as the next one is announced (it's sometime in April), I'm blocking off the date on my calendar.
What do I read next?
The responsible approach would be to pick up our next book club selection, Out Stealing Horses by Per Pettersen. I've wanted to read this book for years and even have a copy on my shelf. Of course, this is the book I will choose, but...
The impulsive approach would have me marching right on to The Last Chronicle of Barset. Do you think I've become a little obsessed with Trollope? It's so much fun reading with friends, so I will wait for our planned November/December time table. However, I satisfied the impulse by downloading a copy to my kindle and purchasing the companion audiobook. This is a chunkster... the page counts vary widely, but the audio version is over 30 hours. There will be plenty more time to spend in Barsetshire!
Nonfiction November is almost here, too. I love this event and am considering several books and audiobooks. Feeding my current Trollope mania is also a possibility. Maybe I'll just hunker down with the biography by Victoria Glendinning....
How was your week? What have you been reading?
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